Ambivalent Skeptic

May 9, 2012

Turkey loads will kick…

Filed under: hunting,Shooting — Clint1911 @ 8:01 am
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Well, for those who know me IRL, I’ve been busy like a one legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Finally have time for myself and for the blog.

There is no easy way to come back from a hiatus so let’s get to it.

It’s turkey hunting season in Ohio, and I finally had a chance to pattern my shotgun with turkey loads. 1.75 oz at a nominal 1300 FPS, in a gun that weights 7.63 lb with a sling, 7.29 lbs without the sling.

Not being used to bead sights, I had my head too high on the stock, once. The first shot whipped upward and slapped me hard; I felt it in my cheek!

The second shot was textbook, but after the third shot, I had a so-called “finch.” And I dry fired on the firing line until I was comfortable again.

All told, I fired four rounds of the stiff stuff and, frankly, at the time it was not so bad. But on the way home – my shoulder was protesting. I was surprised at how sore it became.

In hindsight, since my deltoid is what hurts the most, I say I was holding the gun wrong. Many people, Jeff Cooper being one, have commented on long guns having stocks too long. I’m over six foot with orangutang arms and I’m thinking the stock could benefit from being a 1/2 inch shorter. It’s worth checking out.

I hope to be in the woods Thursday, so I will be dry firing after I post this. I should dry fire twice more tomorrow. This way, if I get lucky like Phil Bourjaily, I can focus on the bird and not on what my body is doing. Contrary to popular belief, if your unconscious mind insists on bracing for recoil, you’re gonna “flinch.” Whether you notice recoil or not, it is still there but most importantly, your mind knows it will happen. You need to condition yourself to not fear the gun, so the fear isn’t lurking unexpectedly in the back of your mind.

I also fired a few Federal Top Gun loads, 1 and 1/8 oz at a nominal 1145 FPS.

About the recoil of a 30-06. But nothing like a turkey load.

Turkey loads will kick your arse.

links
http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/gun-nuts/2012/04/turkey-hunting-sleep-late-get-lucky

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