Fit for pur­pose

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

If your cho­sen gun wasn’t made specif­i­cally for you, don’t panic. You’d be sur­prised at how much can be done to make a shot­gun feel as if it was made to mea­sure.

Stock di­men­sions—within rea­son— can be made to fit you (of course, if you’re a com­pletely dif­fer­ent shape and build to the pre­vi­ous owner, it may be tricky). Purdey crafts­men have al­tered a great many guns to fit new own­ers and even not such ex­clu­sive guns can be tweaked to make cru­cial dif­fer­ences. Length of stock can be in­creased, comb height raised and other change­able mea­sure­ments made, in­clud­ing: l the length of pull (the dis­tance be­tween the trig­ger and cen­tre of the butt) l the pitch (the an­gle of butt in re­la­tion to the top of the bar­rels) l the cast (the dis­tance the stock is off­set from the cen­tre line of the bar­rels) l the drop (the dis­tance from the top of the bar­rel to the comb and heel).

Ul­ti­mately, it’s all about hit­ting the tar­get more of­ten. Your mea­sure­ments are unique to you and so your shot­gun should be, too.

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