Rib Height and Gun Fit - Shotgun World

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on February 25, 2020

 Rib height has little to do with how well you will shoot one gun over another. 

In the end it is the relationship between the rib height and the shape and height of the comb and where your cheek softly and comfortably touches the comb. 

Most shooters are wrestling with trying to fit their bodies to factory stocks that are made to fit a male that is 6’ and weights 190#!

We have learned several things about guns and gun-fitting. 

You can shoot a gun that has too much cast and drop infinitely better than one that does not have enough of either. While this might be controversial or contrary to what some might say or think it never the less reflects our experiences. Take it from someone who had made a living shooting difficult targets with students guns that do not fit us for 27 years as professional coaches we had much rather have a gun that is stocked too low for us that one that is too high. While we can shoot and hit extreme targets with our system of shooting with ill fitting guns it is more a testimony to the OSP System of shooting than gun fit. 

We have shot guns that have a 70/30——60/40—— POI and have evolved to 50/50 with slight cheek pressures and as a result the gun mount is more forgiving and should a miss mount occur with a 50/50 gun you will still break the target but with a high shooting gun that must be mounted with medium cheek pressure if a miss mount occurs the POI will be so far off your chances of hitting the target go way down. 

Shooters that we have helped with gun fit that are shooting flat shooting guns are finding that with less practice they are shooting as much as 3-5% higher scores after their stock alteration(creating 3/16 offset in the comb and lowering the comb so that they see flat down the rib when looking down the rib to check for eye alignment)!

Another thing shooters across the country are finding out is that they can pick up our guns after we do a LOP adjustment and instantly can not only hit more targets but when shooting Modified chokes they are smoking targets that they could not even hit before!

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