GAME SHOOTING

John Bidwell

I’m assuming here that the gun you’re using for game shooting is a good or reasonable fit, because the position a shooter’s hand assumes on the fore-end wood can sometimes be dictated by incorrect stock length.

One that’s too short, for instance, might force a shooter to compensate by reaching out to the front of the fore-end whereas an overly long stock will bring the hand further back.

Some experienced game shooting chaps will vary their hold on the fore-end depending on the type of bird they’re faced with, but that’s as maybe – a good middle-of-the-road hold is one that’s based around the middle of the wood.

As long as the leading elbow is slightly bent and therefore able to move the gun smoothly such a grip will also help balance the weight of the gun with minimum strain on the wrist and arm.