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Question Recoil control

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by hughie, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. hughie

    hughie Posting Addict

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    Hi
    Just bought a BSA Lightning XL.
    I line up my scope with the bulls eye , pull the trigger and to my dissapointment the pellet hits about two inches to the left and up. I know the scope is zeroed properly because my dad says he aims at the bull eye directly and hits it frequently.I have to compensate by aiming two inches down and to the right.If i do this i also hit frequently.
    I have put this down to recoil because when i fire i can feel the rifle go upwards and to the left slighlty . is there a way i can control the recoil so that i dont have to compensate as much.?
     
  2. jamjon

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    don't try to control the recoil you have to work with the recoil use a relaxed hold try not to grip the forend just rest it in your hand try to find a relaxed comfortable hold that works for you you need to be consistent with a springer if the rifle is going up and to the left then it's probably because of the way your gripping it the rifle will bounce away from your hand practice different holds untill you find one that works for you
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Administrative Staff Member Founder

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    Are you holding the gun too tightly.
    Cradle the gun, let it recoil and you should hit where your aiming unless you have a faulty scope that's loosing zero.
     
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    and dont forget to follow through with every shot.
     
  5. hughie

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    thanks for advice evryone but feel free to kepp on giving more advice
     
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    who zeroed the gun?

    i see you mention your dad hitting the bull.

    if he zeroed it he has a diferent eye to you and also looks down the scope diferent.

    you have to zero your own gun.

    if this is not the case then just try resting it on a pillow as hold it lose. if you get tight groups of about 5 pellets then its you not the gun
     
  7. hughie

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    the shop zeroed it for me plus me and dad share the gun because we are new to the sport
     
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  8. a1gunner

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    well then the shop guy has bad eyes:p
    you need to fine tune the scope now;)

    just twist the dials till they hit the bull
     
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    Hold the rifle firmly but not over-tight; don't pull the triger, but gently tighten your fist, as though clenching it in order to take the shot. Hold the trigger back after the shot has released until you see the target fall, or at least a couple of seconds, and then gently ease of the pressure. If you can regulate your breathing too this will help. Don't hold your breath to shoot, but squeeze the trigger in the natural pause between exhaling, and the next inhale. All this will help to steady everything down. Until you have got to grips with this system, don't expect fantastic consistent groupings, but also don't get dispondent. We all have bad days, quite often more bad than good, but never give up. If it's all going pear-shaped, go home, have a cold beer, and forget everything. Next time you go out, don't think about what hapened the previous time or you'll try to hard to get it right and it'll all go wrong again. Most of all, just enjoy being able to get out with the rifle.
    Good luck
    Ken
     
  10. hughie

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    Thanks for the advice everybody:D
     
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    springers my favorite

    1) people have to set the scope up for there own eye 7/10 as we are all different.

    2) don't grip the for-end of the stock to tight let it rest on your hand and don't pull the put bad tight into your shoulder.

    3) don't pull the trigger squeeze it use the top part of your finger not ware the bend is.

    4) hold the rifle for a second or 2 in the same spot.

    5) don't rest the gun on nothing hard the recoil will send the pellets all over the place. use a soft pillow or bean bag or something the gun can sink into a bit.

    6) bi-pods and springers dont go!!!


    hope that helps a bit

    clabby
     
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  12. a1gunner

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    i think the bend in the finger is called the crook:confused:

    also "hold the rifle for a second or 2 in the same spot" after the shot, take your time before hand:D

    "hope that helps a bit" no it doesnt:eek::D:up: kidding
     
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    a1 how about i come up there and kick u in your semi fuctioning balls :rolleyes::up:
     
  14. a1gunner

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    well ive herd of the saying if in doubt give it a clout but i'll let that one slide:D
     
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    hahaha you make me laff
     
  16. hughie

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    The problem is still not going away.If i loosned the trigger would it help?
     
  17. a1gunner

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    yes you could try that:)
     
  18. hughie

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    also could it be my stance:confused:
     
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    You say your dad can hit things that he aims at and you can't. I would have to say that it seems your hold needs to be fine tuned for the gun. XL's are known to be a bit lively when it comes to recoil, you just need to practice until you have a consistant hold that you can hit things with.
     
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    are you and your dad using the same magnification and paralax on the scope and are you using the same pellets also are you using the same shooting stance ie standing, kneeling, sitting, prone and are you getting a clear sight picture through the scope all the differences i've mentioned can affect your zero if your dad has perfect eye relief and a perfect sight picture and you don't that would explain it
     

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