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    Prone shooting in the field

    I am trying to help my young fella improve his prone shooting in the field. Practising off a bench is one thing, but as you know completely different to in the field. So we are going to practise some hunting situations in the field and shoot some clays from varying distances and see what works but appreciate any tips / techniques - do you use a front pack or something else ? what about rear bag ? what's the best hold for your front hand ? what works guys and what would you teach a young fella.

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    Try awkward positions. Both my daughters have shot their first deer in the last year. My youngest (13yrs) had to shoot over a rock while kneeling behind it, my oldest (15yrs) had to shoot sitting behind my upright pack resting overtop of it. Both had practiced prone off a bipod. I had also made up a tripod from tomato stakes for them to use from a sitting position. My youngest used that to shoot her first goat.
    Also used balloons as well, slightly bigger, more confidence target.

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    Consistency works, I rest the fore on my pack front hand is only used to steady, I don't put any pressure on the fore at all it just rests. I use this technique for all shooting techniques, whether shooting off a rest, sitting leaning with my elbows supported on my knees or prone.
    I found if I put pressure on the fore either pulling towards etc I found I got inconsistent results.
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    Balloons - great idea !
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    Also used balloons as well, slightly bigger, more confidence target.

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    Cheap nasty fizzy drink cans from the Warehouse make great fun reactive targets for the kids too.
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    Shoot off a pack and a bipod, and see what works best for you.

    Also leaning up against a tree, on top of a fence post or wire (electric wire tried, found ...unsatisfactory, not recommended) or across a rock.

    If you're taking a quadbike or ute, across the carrier, bonnet or tray .
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    I read something recently that shooting using a pack as a rest always gives better results than using a bipod - I don't know how true that is though!

    I was always told if using something hard as a rest (tree, fencepost etc) to always put your hand or something soft between the rifle and the hard surface.
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    Let him learn and increase his max safe range prone unsupported, that will give him confidence and a sense of real skill achievement.

    Whatever support happens to be at hand then is just a bonus extra.
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    https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Kno...at+Forend.html


    this will see you right,it did for me.
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    One technique I recommend to new shooters is to teach them to look for the impact of the bullet through the scope BEFORE lifting their head. Some tell me that it wont matter as the bullet will have left the gun before they can react, but I tell the try and it almost always provides pretty good improvement. Part of this is the body always getting ready for what is next. If it knows it will be looking for the shot, then the muscles will be anticipating staying where they are. If the person is subconsciously anticipating lifting the bolt and looking up from the scope the muscles will prepare for this and will not be in the best state for the shot.

    Dont believe me? Try it. Rather than reloading as soon as you fire, look for the shot / impact in the scope at the range and see what happens.
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    Thats a great article - thank you. I have only skip read but some great info.
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    this will see you right,it did for me.
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    That's what I'm thinking also, I guess prone unsupported is a lot like off-hand, it requires nothing else but you and the rifle and will always work.
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    Let him learn and increase his max safe range prone unsupported, that will give him confidence and a sense of real skill achievement.

    Whatever support happens to be at hand then is just a bonus extra.

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    Before bipods came into vogue, I used to carry two short and sharpened thin bamboo sticks. They were approx 300mm long with a couple of the wide ‘Post Office’ rubber bands half way up. Spread the bottom and push sharp end into ground and use the ‘X’ part as a rifle rest. After shooting, the bands sproinged the sticks back together. Light, cheap, effective.

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    My boy is 10, I have him Practice using the rifle sling to support his left hand/arm to tighten everything up. Works well for him. Other then that backpack as a rest or using what ever is available like a tree etc.
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    To add to the above, lots of practice with a .22, if you can afford the ammo.
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