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Mitigating Cheek Slap

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Ride5C2, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Ride5C2


    Jun 10, 2008
    OK, so a buddy of mine got me into sporting clays and now I'm using my 930 SPX a lot. I now have the hang of clays (more or less) and really enjoy it, but after a day of shooting (75-100 rds), my jaw is sore. The recoil is not bothering me at all, but can't seem to find a way to lower the impact to my right cheek.

    The sore / stiff jaw lasts about 2-3 days. Any ideas on how to alleviate? I've heard that adjusting pull can help, but where / up / down , etc., is unclear to me.
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Will be watching this one,.........

  3. LilWolfess


    Feb 5, 2010
    NW MN
    I shoot a Remington 870 youth, and I guess my face doesn't touch the gun when I shoot. It gets really close, but never really makes any contact.
  4. Feanor


    Feb 28, 2010
    The LOP on the 930SPX, whether with the pistol gripped stock, or straight stock, is already quite short as it is, and frankly it's not really much of a skeet machine in it's 18.5" SPX tactical dress. Modify your technique.
  5. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    Get rid of the Mossberg and get a Remington 1100. Cheek slap and the pain will go away.:rofl:


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  7. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    Cheek slap is caused for one of two reasons. You are not getting a good stock weld either because you have bad form or because the gun doesn't fit you. Or because you are pulling your head off the stock just before you break the shot. I can't comment on your form or stock fit since I can't see how you hold the gun etc. However, don't discount the likelihood that you are pulling you head off the stock just before you break the shot. This is VERY common because you want to see what happens down range! Most all shotgunners will be guilty of this at some stage of their development. Happened to me. I've seen it happen to lots of other people. the correction for it is you mentally have to will yourself to keep your head down. The easiest way to do that is to exaggerate your follow through....look for a broken piece of the target and continue to follow that after you break the shot etc. Follow through is critical when shooting moving targets just like when you swing a tennis racket or baseball bat. Not only does it keep you from shooting behind the target (because you stopped swinging too early) but it also forces you to keep you head down on the stock.

    Since your new to shotguns I'm guessing your form is off. Have someone who knows their way around a shotgun at the local skeet club watch you shoot a round with you and ask them for their observations.
  8. Ride5C2


    Jun 10, 2008
    Big Bird,
    Thank you. I appreciate the detailed advice. I'll give the shot follow-thru a try next time I'm out. Looking into finding a traps range to get the advice you mentioned as well.
  9. Ride5C2


    Jun 10, 2008
    It's definitely not a skeet gun, I'm with you. But for sporting clays, it is a lot of fun and with the added poly choke, it's pretty effective.
  10. I agree with big bird. If you are keeping your head down on the stock you shouldn't be getting any slap.
  11. As BigBird said, watch the stockweld. The most common cause of cheeck slap is not keeping the cheek firmly against the stock. FWIW, a thin sheet of sorbothane (available from Brownells) is a nice addition. It has a little give to it so you tend to push into it a little harder than you might otherwise.