Butt hooks

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  1. robbie sparky

    robbie sparky New Member

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    hi all.
    New to the air gun shooting scene, so please be nice if this is a silly or frequently asked question.
    I've seen a few people using butt hooks on the end of their rifles.
    My question is, why are some of them with the hook under the arm in the armpit?
    Is it not to hook over the arm?
    Regards robbie
     
  2. RobF

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    It doesn't work like that in reality, the rifle pivots on the support hand, so as the muzzle wants to fall down it's resisted by the hook which cannot go up as it's below the armpit.
     
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    Rob, thanks for the reply.
    That would make sense.
    When I first saw them I thought that shooters were clamping the butt hooks between their arms and their bodies.
     
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    Some do. In the ideal world the hook is there just to locate the rifle consistently, but as the position in FT varies, and the balance of rifles is affected by the heavy scopes used, it's used with more weight on it. Ideally you don't want it pressing into your ribcage because it moves, or into the arm, because of the artery pulses you can pick up. It's different for everyone as to it's exact location.
     
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    I can see what your saying.
    I've noticed them very short or long and angled.
    Do you use one and if so, do you find it makes a big difference?
     
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    The thing about a butt hook is it can and does make a considerable difference if and ONLY if fitted correctly.
    Correctly fitting it to your own individual shape size and preference takes considerable time and knowledge.
    An incorrectly fitting hook leads to inconsistencies in your shooting and you’d be supposed just by how many hooks are not set up correctly.

    Bear in mind with the 3 positions of FT there will always have to be a slight compromise, getting it perfect for your sitting may result in the whole hook and plate being moved for standing shots.
    Tilting and aghling them have a noticeable effect in can’t and eye alignment with the scope. Don’t be afraid to ask for some help down the club when fitting one, if you ever do.
     
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    Thanks my friend. Great advice.
     
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    Adding to answers above, try and get some one to help with teh setup, get them to loosen / tighten things as you stay in your main shotting position. Also once set up try and remember to wear the same clothes each shoot as different thickness of jackets, fleeces etc will then make the hook sit differently and change the gun position with you
     
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    Thanks friend
    That's great advice.
    I'm wearing thin layers of clothes covered by a skiing jacket to stop the wind and rain.
    When the summer comes, hopefully it would just be a drop of the jacket.
    I will bear all this great advice in mind when getting one fitted.
     

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