Are you the proud possessor of a new gun? Wondering whether it fits you correctly? Read on ...

A: I have just bought a new gun and I’m wondering whether I have the right gun fit, when I compare it to my old gun. The only difference between the two is the amount of cast on the stock and the spare carries noticeably more than the other. Should I have it reduced?

A: My inclination is to say yes, have the work done, especially as you are so used to the dimensions of your first gun and, possibly, had it fitted some time in the past.

Then again, if it hasn’t been fitted to suit, who’s to say the new gun isn’t a better fit, and the old faithful is the one in need of some remedial work!

On balance of course you should have the newer gun altered but don’t forget that lots of shooters – and you might be one of them – gradually adopt a stance and style to fit themselves to the gun, not their gun to them.

If you are happy with the way things are then by all means keep on doing what you’re doing but if you have a few lingering doubts it would be well worth seeking the advice of a professional fitter.

You might also want to fire both guns at a pattern plate from a distance of 15 yards to determine how the different amounts of cast affect pattern placement.

Another reader question follows;

Will a properly fitted stock improve my shooting?

Decent eyesight has to be up there along with good hand to- eye co-ordination but if you are talking about the actual mechanics of shooting then correct stance/positioning and gun mount come tops every time.

Gun mount needs to be both silky smooth and second nature but if your stance is wrong in relation to the flight of the target then the muzzles will be off line when the shot is taken.

A good Shot is someone who will still perform well enough with a gun that’s not a proper fit but, yes, you’re correct, a well fitted stock does help – but only if mount and stance is right to start with.