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Stock Fitter's Bible: Second Edition
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
I was struggling getting to the next level in both my target and hunting abilities. I have always been somewhat proficient but was never close to being where I wanted to be. I started researching several options and it always came back to fit. I never put a great deal of thought or effort into having a shotgun fit to me, it had always been as I was old as a child, you just need more practice. Well, practice wasn't cutting it for me, no matter how often I went. I even bought my own throwers to alleviate some of the cost and time constraints and still that didn't help. I got better, but not much. It wasn't until I ordered Rollin's book did I truly understand all of my issues, I was creating more than I was solving, bad form, bad sight plane and poor mechanics. I read the book, I re-read the book, I bought more books on the subject, but I always came back to Rollin's manual(it really is more of a manual than a book, although it is easy to read, there is way more information to digest than you can imagine.) I worked on each issue and then moved to the next, LOP was always wrong, drop at comb, cast, pitch and more, I was overwhelmed! I re-read each section and played with that aspect of it, and I saw improvement. I moved to the next section and saw more improvement and I continued this until I was playing with every aspect of fit and seeing the correlation of one to another. I keep the book on my bench next to my saw and pad fixture and constantly re-read it. I actually took it to heart and now every gun I buy gets fitted to me or my daughter. I don't make a cut or an adjustment, with out re-referencing the manual! If you are struggling, buy this book and read it, over and over, take it with you when you go to shoot, and enjoy comfort in shooting, because when they fit, they are a sheer joy to shoot, no pain from an ill fitting shotgun!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
Most folks have no idea what stock fit is all about. Why should they? It is a complicated subject and your father likely is not an expert gunfitter or stockmaker, nor are any of your hunting or shooting buddies. Yet, when it comes to shotguns, gun fit is more important than anything else.

If your gun kicks you, stock fit is likely a factor. When you miss, stock fit is likely a significant contributor. Get bruised, blink your eyes, lift your head, stop your swing, have an inconsistent gun mount? You likely have a gun fit issue to some extent. Ironically, all the goodies sold as "features" on most shotguns won't help you. In fact, several of them are likely holding you back from shooting comfort and shooting success, more than you could possibly believe. For example, many new guns come with shims.

Yet, shims can only change the way the buttstock is pointed away from the receiver. Shims don't change pistol grip shape, comb width, shims don't do anything to change the relationship between your hand and the trigger. Shims can do far more damage than they help, for they may convince you that it is a good idea to try to fit yourself or adjust yourself to the gun, rather than having a gun that is fit to you. Manufacturers aren't much help. How do you know when a shotgun fits you? How do you really know?

Your shoes can affect your stance, your gait, and your posture. If you gain or lose weight, your clothes don't fit you properly, and likely neither does your shotgun. Countless hundreds of thousands of dollars are thrown at meaningless gimmicks: all the stuff that cannot be shown to work: back-boring, forcing cones, ported chokes, center beads, allegedly low-recoil powders and wads, and so it does. None of this goes to the heart of the matter, the basic reasons for the problem in the first place. In Stock Fitter's Bible, Rollin Oswald meticulously guides you through the process, from the early attempts at stock design through the present day. Rollin does this thoroughly and carefully, giving examples throughout how stock design relates to the different shooting disciplines and how one dimension may well change everything else.

Stock Fitter's Bible is all meat, prime cut red meat, packed into 215 pages. Enjoy Rollin's book, and you'll know far more than most shooters, gun dealers, and gun manufacturers about stock fit. The benefits are huge: it took Rollin Oswald some fifty years of seeking legitimate answers to his own stock fit questions, rebuffed with myths and half-truths along the way, to finally connect all the dots and put it into a clear, detailed format that everyone on the planet can absolutely, positively benefit from. Stock Fitter's Bible is not just an interesting read, it is a vital read that should be considered mandatory for anyone who uses, or wants to use a shotgun. Yes, this book is that good. From what I know of Rollin, I expected a very competent treatise, but I had no idea that this book, now in its expanded Second Edition Copyright 2010, would be this spectacularly good.

Stock Fitter's Bible is an extremely valuable contribution to the shooting community and one that no one should be without. I bought my copy from Amazon: this book will save you time, money, and make you a more successful shooter. I wish I had the benefit of this knowledge thirty-five years ago, for it would have save me a lot of time, money, trial and error, and pain. Stock Fitter's Bible gets my very highest recommendation without hesitation.

Congratulations to Rollin Oswald for what has to be the most important contribution to shotgun literature in the last thirty years. Buy this book today. Don't thank me, thank Rollin Oswald for a job superbly well done of strong and lasting value.

Copyright 2013 by Randy Wakeman. All Rights Reserved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2010
The Stock Fitter's Bible is pretty useful for the upland hunter or clay shooter. Being middle aged and experiencing some eye trouble, several clays instructors said that I could use a better fitting shotgun for improved results. I read the book and learned the basic areas of fit before going to see Todd Nelson of the Country Gentleman gun fitters in Cherokee, Alabama. After adjusting my gun mount and test patterning both barrels, all that I needed was a basic length of pull(stock)shortened and a better recoil pad by Kick Ezz. I'm nailing my limit in the dove field again. Hey, it really might be the gun and not just you. This book shows all the variables and that one size does not fit all in production guns. You can be a better client at the gunfitter's shop knowing the terminology explained in the book.
Doug
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
I've shot rifles and shotguns for 50 years and never knew about many of the methods that are available to adjust a shotgun to an individuals shooting position.This book has opened my eyes, and will start me on the path to fix my problems. Great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2014
This book is all that is needed to understand every dimension of a shotgun stock. I have a very lightweight shotgun that used to leave my face and shoulder purple after a box of shells. I had a nice recoil pad installed.It was a little better but still beat me up. I got on the internet and was directed to this book. After reading it I was able to evaluate my guns fit. With some experimentation I found a little more pitch and lop was all that I needed. With the same gun I can now shoot 100+ rounds a day without the slightest pain. I was also able to get the gun shooting where I look., For me it was an adjustment to my mount that I needed. On my 7th round of skeet in my life I broke 22! I feel this book was half of the reason I did so well. In the field I am bringing home more game. Now I am using the things I learned in this book to fit my g/f and teach her good fundamentals. She broke 17 on her 5th round of skeet and 2nd time ever shooting a shotgun in her life! I recommend this book to anyone, especially experienced shooters who think they know it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
This small book is a no nonsense treatment of gun fitting. It clears up a number of misunderstandings about the art and science of modifying a shotgun stock. It will help the reader understand and communicate with their gun fitter or if they choose to become an enlightened tinkerer and decide to alter their own stock. It is not a shooting instruction manual, but it covers an important part of becoming a better shot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
As a professional in this field I have read most of the books on fitting. This is one tops them for simple and clear explanations of the topic and concise instructions on how to get to the desired goal: the gun that fits, that does not punish with recoil and sends the shot where the shooter points.

There is clear information on every stock dimension and how it affects shooting form. There is also an illustrated chapter on recoil and how ill fitting makes it worse. On a more esoteric level, this is probably the only book on fitting that deals in depth with Pitch, possibly the most important dimension and the most overlooked.

The author understands the different needs of hunters and target shooters and offers ample information for both to get their stocks right.

Anyone studying the book, studying as in making an effort to understand what the author says, cannot fail to benefit. For those that want to fit their shotgun themselves I cannot think of a better source of information. It should be given with every shotgun sold in my opinion. It would save lots of folk lots of money and time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
Much of the book is devoted to the history of shotgun and shooting development. This is followed by instruction on how to stand, grip and mount the shotgun - all of which, according to the author, must be standardized if not perfected before one can begin discussing how to properly fit the stock to the shooter. I was hoping for more guidance from a stock fitting expert on what I could do alone or with a pro to improve my clay target scores through better shotgun fit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
The stock fitters bible gives general guide lines for that perfect fit. What to look for and insight into proper gun mount as well as techniques on stance for different shooting disciplines.
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on April 14, 2014
This Book is primarily focused on Clay target shooting, not game birds. Nevertheless, many points made have application to game shooting as well. Unfortunately, the author does not fairly characterize the "Churchill method" of wing shooting and even goes so far as to suggest that the method will not work for fast long-range crossing shots. The author does not seem to understand that Churchill shooters approach faster targets by increasing the speed of their swing which translates into greater lead. Distance to the target also increases lead naturally using the Churchill method because of the larger arc scribed by more distant targets. In England, where shooting instruction is focused more on game shooting than on clay targets, the Churchill method and its variations is the method that is taught because that's what works best. Readers interested in stock fitting as it relates to game shooting should look at books by Michael Yardley, Buz Fawcett, Holland and Holland's Ken Davies, and any of the several books published by Orvis.
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