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Old 02-22-2014, 02:52 AM   #1
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My 12ga shoots 6 in right at 15 yard with multiple loads(slugs, buck, bird ,turkey loads) I have no idea how to fix this is it the beads not lining up correctly(my shotgun has a mid bead and a frontbead)or how im holding it??
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:15 AM   #2
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The gun does not fit you or you are jerking the trigger. One thing that will improve the point of impact, get your head down on the stock.

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Or the gun could actually have a POI problem. Wouldn't be the first. Get someone else to shoot it and see if the results are the same.
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That is why they make barrel benders.
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The first thing one should do w a new shotgun is pattern it. Get a large poster or piece of cardboard - I put mine on the middle stake in skeet field. I go out to station 4 and sit on a chair - try to minimize human error and get a clean release on the trigger. Make sure you get a stack "8" on the beads.

Try multiple brands, loads etc. and you might be surprised at the difference. Hopefully, one of them will group POI.

Next step: Just mount and fire at the tgt. Don't look at the bead/sight at all - just the tgt.

Once you know where the gun is shooting, you can adjust your sight picture/lead to tgt.
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Open your EYES, you are closing one eye arn`t you, don`t do that. Look straight down the barrel with both eyes open & focus on your target & let the shotgun do the work..............Try it & let me know how you do.
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If that don`t work, lay the shotgun on its side & lay a straight edge on it & measure the gap on both sides to see if your barrel is bent.............
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Good grief. Stacking the beads should raise the POI. For checking POI they should be superimposed.
You have two things to be concerned with. One is the POI of the gun. That is where the gun shoots, aiming from a good steady rest. The second is POI of the gun and you. For that one you mount the gun rapidly as you would when shooting at a target and shoot with both eyes open. The difference is attributable to gun fit, because your eye is the rear sight, and you don't have time to aim. The brain can overcome a lot of fit issues with practice, but it is a lot easier if the gun fits reasonably well to begin with. That's why Tom Knapp could shoot flying targets with the gun behind his back. The brain learns what sight picture produces results, even behind the back.
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I'm a lefty so if it shoots right could it still be me jerking the trigger? Also when shooting slugs should I aim with the beads and one eye closed or just point like with birdshot

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Good grief. Stacking the beads should raise the POI. For checking POI they should be superimposed
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The definition of superimposed is to lay one thing on top of another. Why Browning called it's O/U - superimposed - ie One barrel on top or "stacked" upon another.

The mid bead is smaller than the front which gives the appearance of an "8" when the two are in-line w each other. I do not have a problem changing terms as long as the shooter keeps a consistent sight alignment and aims during the first phase of pattern testing.

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