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    Technique Tips - Newbie

    Finally found some time to get out and use my new rifle (only got my licence a few months ago). Having only ever fired a 22 and a air rifle the 308 was a bit of a learning curve. Does anyone know of any good resources for tips on technique. I found (and noticed in some video) I have a tendency to flinch and pull the rifle to one side or the other. The target in the image was at 100m before I sighted the rifle in (which I still haven't done 100%). I realise that the best way to get better is to get out and do it. Will also have to find some better places to shoot - I don't think I was to popular with the Puhoi locals.

    Looking forward to perhaps meeting a few of you and learning more.

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    A flinch is a cunt of a thing to have mate. You can get rid of it, dry firing (practising) at home or at the range. Other options are to buy youth loaded 308 ammo or fit a decent recoil pad - limbsaver is a cheap option for T3's - if you do all that and you still can't tame the flinch it would be time to change caliber (imo) to say 243. Some people just dont like recoil, nothing to be ashamed of.

    At least you have recognised the problem.

    I would recommend some dry firing and more time at the range. Also what sort of ammo are you using? Ie 150gn sp or 165?
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    So get some ammo of Timmay
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    Thanks I will try that. Im quite tall and actually feel a little uncomfortable almost like the stock is to small. Unsure if its related but I will try again, as I say it was my first time firing a larger calibre. Hopefully something I can train out - I did manage to get a few where I was aiming.

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    If its your first time shooting anything bigger than a 22 then those groups look OK. Definitely a limbsaver will help and then practice, practice.......................
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    @TimK A limb saver will add about 1/4-1/2" lop to the stock too mate so that will help. In fact the factory t3 recoil pad is shit, I hear they upgraded it in the T3x but I can't comment as I haven't used it.

    A 308 as your first centre-fire can be quite a thing to deal with. Call reloaders in Auckland mate and ask for youth loads or track down someone to reload for you as a last resort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmay View Post
    A flinch is a cunt of a thing to have mate. You can get rid of it, dry firing (practising) at home or at the range. Other options are to buy youth loaded 308 ammo or fit a decent recoil pad - limbsaver is a cheap option for T3's - if you do all that and you still can't tame the flinch it would be time to change caliber (imo) to say 243. Some people just dont like recoil, nothing to be ashamed of.

    At least you have recognised the problem.

    I would recommend some dry firing and more time at the range. Also what sort of ammo are you using? Ie 150gn sp or 165?

    Thanks I will try that. Im quite tall and actually feel a little uncomfortable almost like the stock is to small. Unsure if its related but I will try again, as I say it was my first time firing a larger calibre. Hopefully something I can train out - I did manage to get a few where I was aiming. I was using Remington Core-Lokt which I think was 150gn. I have some Winchester and Norma stuff as well. I was waiting to get to a proper range to see which works well - (I won the Norma, I don't think id want to use that regularly)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmay View Post
    @TimK A limb saver will add about 1/4-1/2" lop to the stock too mate so that will help. In fact the factory t3 recoil pad is shit, I hear they upgraded it in the T3x but I can't comment as I haven't used it.

    A 308 as your first centre-fire can be quite a thing to deal with. Call reloaders in Auckland mate and ask for youth loads or track down someone to reload for you as a last resort.
    Brilliant is reloaders the place to get a limb saver also?

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    Yea they will sus you a recoil pad, you might find that will be enough in itself
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    Putting a lot of shots on paper in a short time frame gave me a flinch. When shooting an animal I don't. I think it's because the mind is focusing on the animal, knowing it could move. The paper doesn't move, so the mind can wander and start thinking about the noise and recoil.
    Not well explained, but now when sighting in I only put 4-5 down at a time. Also helps when people are around destracting in between shots
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    My suggestion, once you sort out the flinch, try a few types of ammo, my 308 loves hornady superperformance it is $3.50 a shot though
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    Lots of practise with the22 and convince yourself the 308 is the same, therefore no reason to flinch
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    there is a clip on you tube called "improve your marksmanship" by county deer stalking. It talks about flinching and may or may not be of some help.
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    Good advice above already.
    I see you have a muffler on there but make sure you wear good hearing protection while shooting, half of the cause of flinch is the noise and blast.

    T3 recoil pads are non existent, a 308 one with a can should not be a problem for a couple of shots for an adult but prolonged bench firing/poor hold could result in a bruised shoulder.

    I recommend a limbsaver and a firm hold into the shoulder so it cant "slap" you.

    Also a lighter load like belmonts 130gr HP might do you well.
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    I found their clip on shooting positions helpful. Except i won't be carting shooting sticks up the hill with me. Other stuff was helpful
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