Originally Posted by randy420
How do you measure lop on a person without a gun in their hands? I think I'm close to 1/16" short of 14" but I want to be sure. Please help!
That reminds me of an old, old machinists' joke...
"Is that part up to spec?"
"It's about fifteen thousandths too long."
"That's what she said last night!"
It's a one size fits all joke... It doesn't matter if the item being discussed is too long or too short, or if it's off by six inches, or six thousandths of an inch.
Back on topic: I have a rifle that is too short in its LOP ( according to the recognized method for measuring such ) , noticeably shorter than my other rifles - but I have found that when shooting while standing up on my hind legs, that this too-short gun is the easiest one I have to shoot accurately with.
The firearm that is most sensitive to proper fitting and LOP issues is the shotgun. I was given a shotgun when I was fifteen that I never really was much of a wing-shot with. I assumed that the problem was on my end, and told folks that I just wasn't much of a wing-shooter.
Then, after decades of this, I accidentally wound up with another shotgun in a trade - and suddenly I discovered that I was quite skilled at wing-shooting, after all. I ended up doing some pretty fancy shooting with the new, unfamiliar shotgun.
At the shooting bench, LOP is not that critical but when you shoot a rifle from position, standing up or kneeling etc. - that's when you find out whether that particular gun-stock's dimensions are right for you.
This may explain, in part, why accurate guns at the shooting range sometimes fail to deliver useful accuracy in the field.