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    I will preface this question with the fact that for all but the most rudimentary aspects of shotgun stock fit, my experience is very limited.

    However, The young son of a friend of mine has asked me to help him with his O/U fit.

    At the present time he is shooting a Citori CX 12 with 30" barrels. It has an adjustable comb and he is wanting to add adjustable butt plate. His dad said he has the comb all the way up and is shooting High.

    Back in the day, about 40 years ago, which was the last time I set foot on a skeet range, we used 26"-28" barrels, but now it seems longer is better. I gotta get out more.

    In the next week or so I will probably watch him mount the gun and shoot.

    He's not a big kid and I'm thinking that hoisting that Citori might be causing him not to be getting his cheek down where it needs to be. I don't know. I need to read up on it some more.

    My question(s) is/are this:

    When I watch him shoot is there anything in particular that I need to make sure he is doing? I will video so he can watch and make corrections. Aside from length of pull, and checking for the proper drop at the heel, are there other aspects of the stock I can check? And, are there particular video resources that any of you have found helpful?

    I realize I haven't given you much information. I will try to get more.

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    Some of my biggest mistakes when i did a lot of trap/skeet shooting were lifting my head and not following through. As far as the comb goes if he's shooting high wouldn't you lower it? Also is it adjustable side to side? I was always taught you don't want to see any of the rib, just the bead. if you see the rib going up and away from you you're too high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan R McDaniel Jr View Post
    I will preface this question with the fact that for all but the most rudimentary aspects of shotgun stock fit, my experience is very limited.

    However, The young son of a friend of mine has asked me to help him with his O/U fit.

    At the present time he is shooting a Citori CX 12 with 30" barrels. It has an adjustable comb and he is wanting to add adjustable butt plate. His dad said he has the comb all the way up and is shooting High.

    Back in the day, about 40 years ago, which was the last time I set foot on a skeet range, we used 26"-28" barrels, but now it seems longer is better. I gotta get out more.

    In the next week or so I will probably watch him mount the gun and shoot.

    He's not a big kid and I'm thinking that hoisting that Citori might be causing him not to be getting his cheek down where it needs to be. I don't know. I need to read up on it some more.

    My question(s) is/are this:

    When I watch him shoot is there anything in particular that I need to make sure he is doing? I will video so he can watch and make corrections. Aside from length of pull, and checking for the proper drop at the heel, are there other aspects of the stock I can check? And, are there particular video resources that any of you have found helpful?

    I realize I haven't given you much information. I will try to get more.

    Alan
    There is a gent on Shotgunworld named Rollin Oswald who has written a book on shotgun stock fitting (available on Amazon); excellent resource. If you go there, and ask, he can probably provide some good insight
    Obviously some of the easier things to watch out for are him leaning backwards and trying to crawl up the stock ; crunching his head down on the stock hard and eye dominance.
    Besides LOP, a good stock fit also takes into account drop at heel, drop at comb, cast on or off, toe in or out, and pitch which is why getting it done right by an experienced person is a wise thing to do.

    The HQ for both the NSSA and the NSCA is in San Antonio, not far from your location. I am betting if there isn't a fitter there, they know a few.
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    The rib on that Citori looks like its design to pattern high - not uncommon.
    But that rib with the comb set high both work to shoot high.
    If the comb is adjustable, pattern the gun.
    Then set comb to lowest position and pattern it again.
    Compare the 2 patterns. The lower comb setting should provide a lower pattern.
    If it does he could and should see this for himself.

    Also, I've seen where videoing the shooter can show technique problems.
    A video will show if he's lifting his head.
    Ray

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    I'm glad I did not have a "adjustable" comb on my Citori...I'd probably still be screwing around with it after 20 years. Instead, my skeet gun feels "OK", and I have shot 75 straight with it.

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