I received an email this morning that I thought you might also benefit from hearing the answer. How to fix a bad flinch with a hunting rifle? A big game hunting rifle should be capable of a 1.5 inch group at 100 yards. A half-inch group is not to be expected as with a precision long range rifle.
Following is the question.
”Hope all is well. I went and bought an American Ruger 270. Things is kicking like a bitch, I’m developing a flinch before I pull the trigger. Today I had 1 shot of 8 on a target at 100 yards and then 2 in the upper corner of the box. Can you help me dial this thing in? I thought I shot OK when we went out? Also using 150 grain, maybe I could go down some? Sincerely, M.”
Shepard Humphries’ response on how to fix a bad flinch with a hunting rifle:
Still a horrible group?
- Squeezing an eye-dropper so that only one drop drips into your eye
- Pressing a tube of Chapstick to its tipping point
1. Chapstick Trigger Press Drill2. Shoot 5,000 slow and careful rounds through a 22LR rifle.3. Dry fire your hunting rifle with a slow and controlled trigger press 1,000 times.
Other methods to help reduce felt recoil and the domino effect ending with a flinch and miss include lighter trigger and a modern thick recoil pad, a slip-on like this one can be great. A hunting rifle should have a trigger pull of at least 3 pounds to avoid accidental discharges when fingers are cold and wet high on a mountain on a 20 degree morning. Competitive rifle shooters might use a half–ounce trigger for benchrest shooting, however for hunting, a heavier pull is important for safety reasons.
I hope this helps!