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    pro's and cons of each prone position (also missing 2/3 right pectoral from cancer)

    What are the pro's and con's of putting your feet strait back vs. bending one leg when shooting prone, what are the advantages of one over the other. I'm a bit chubby and has 2/3rds my right pectoral removed due to cancer. Or am I over estimating the prone position and getting good at prone is simply a matter of practice. I can shoot well up close and with some speed but I never really have practiced shooting prone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dean2007 View Post
    What are the pro's and con's of putting your feet strait back vs. bending one leg when shooting prone, what are the advantages of one over the other. I'm a bit chubby and has 2/3rds my right pectoral removed due to cancer. Or am I over estimating the prone position and getting good at prone is simply a matter of practice. I can shoot well up close and with some speed but I never really have practiced shooting prone.
    If you are even the least little bit rotund, the bent leg position will probably be your best bet, as it helps take the pressure off your belly/diaphragm and allows for better breathe control.

    Google is your friend for a lot of the questions you've been asking, for example this pretty good little article about prone was one of the first results when I googled prone shooting position:

    https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2...ting-position/
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    does shooting with the bent leg cause muscle fatigue

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean2007 View Post
    does shooting with the bent leg cause muscle fatigue
    This is something you can find out for yourself, in the comfort of your living room, while watching TV.

    You can also try with both legs straight, to see if that works better FOR YOU.

    What works for me, doesn't mean shit to anyone else.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dean2007 View Post
    does shooting with the bent leg cause muscle fatigue
    EVERY position will cause muscle fatigue if you do it enough...
    For example;
    I went to Appleseed years ago. We shot from all traditional shooting positions- standing, kneeling, prone (leg cocked w/ loop sling). I felt fine during the classes, but oh boy the next day... yes I was sore, and in places I never expected muscle fatigue to occur.
    However, we spent ALL DAY for 2 days shooting in these positions, and I'm not in great shape...
    So, YMMV on the definition of "fatigue" based on your fitness level and how long you spend doing something...
    "Once we get some iron in our souls, we'll get some iron in our hands..."

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    I found for me that as our sniping evolved into larger calibers than 7.62 NATO, I had to leave behind the bent leg prone. I could deal with recoil better with straight legs.

    Get down on the floor with your rifle and dry fire at least 3 times a week, it helps a lot.

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    You'll do better with whatever you practice the most. A little belly might mean you're in a higher chest position that very flat prone.

    That said, generally speaking your feet straight back with your heels down on the ground to the inside with your spine parallel to the gun would be more accurate.

    As I spend most of my time shooting and competing precision rifle, nobody shoots "little green army man" style anymore. Less body weight behind the gun, pulls to one side, etc.

    also depends on your gun itself, running a 40rd mag might affect whether you can even get your gun vertical

    I don't know your specific ergonomics to your body, but it should be in the pocket of your shoulder and NOT on the pectoral muscle itself

    learn more technique in shooting slow and prone and you'll likely see your groups shrink to less than 1/2 their current size with NO equipment upgrades. match ammo will help you get the most out of your grouping as well

    PM me if you have further questions.

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    Shooting prone the biggest thing to me is head height. Keeping your neck and head in positions to not be straining either


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