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Targeting and patterning a shotgun

Targeting and patterning a shotgun

There are major differences in targeting shotguns and rifles. Shotguns are pointed at a target and shot with both eyes open; you focus 100% on the target itself. Rifles, however, are aimed by focusing your dominant eye through your scope or sight. The trigger pull on a...

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Shotgun stance

Shotgun stance

A hunter's shotgun stance is similar to a boxer’s: both stand with their feet apart at shoulder width. Right-eye dominant shooters have the left leg slightly forward and the left foot pointed toward the target. Left-eye dominant shooters have the right leg...

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Shotgun sight alignment

Shotgun sight alignment

Unlike other firearms, shotguns usually do not have rear sights. Instead, most shotguns have a bead at the muzzle end and a ventilated rib on top of the barrel leading up to the bead. When pointing a shotgun at a target, the rib and front bead should be aligned so that you...

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Rifle sight alignment

Rifle sight alignment

A bullet’s flight towards a target is not a straight line. Instead, gravity, air resistance, and energy loss all have an effect on its flight, creating a slight curve along the way. A hunter must always take these effects into consideration when sighting-in. A bullet...

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Tagged as: HUNT101, rifles, sight

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