Get the low down on rab­bits

Sporting Gun - - SHOOTING ANSWERS -

QI have a love hate re­la­tion­ship with bolt­ing rab­bits: some­times I can hit ev­ery one, only to miss a bucket load at the next club shoot. A pal says I should shoot the ground un­der­neath the clay be­cause the dirt, if not the shot, will break the tar­get. Does he have a point?

John says: I’ve heard other shoot­ers say the same thing but “kick­ing up a dust storm” only works if the for­ward al­lowance you give the tar­get is cor­rect. No amount of de­bris is go­ing to help if the rab­bit is missed too far in front or a close shave be­hind.

Try­ing to shoot the imag­i­nary legs off a bolt­ing clay might help some­one with a ten­dency to miss high, but this ploy sim­ply masks a ba­sic fault in tech­nique.

If you adopt the right ap­proach there’s lit­tle chance of shoot­ing over the top of this tar­get. Keep your weight well over the front foot and lean for­ward slightly from the waist as you ad­dress the tar­get.

As ex­tra in­sur­ance, hold the gun muz­zles re­ally low to the track of the rab­bit, mount into the line of the tar­get and keep your head on the stock. Bingo!

Keep your weight well over the front foot and lean for­ward slightly Kick­ing up a dust storm only works if your for­ward al­lowance is cor­rect

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