Best brush rifles I've used offhand and for snap shots were/are:What design of rifle most lends itself to accurate offhand shooting? Or, what features encourage better offhand shooting?
As a still hunter/stalker, I get more opportunities that call for offhand shooting than most hunters I know. And since wounding an animal can ruin my mood for weeks, I want to be the best offhand shooter I can possibly be. In addition to practice I want to find the 1-2 long guns I shoot best offhand. Of course, I would prefer those guns to also possess the other attributes important to a still hunter, such as shorter length, relatively light weight, excellent handling, but I'm willing to sacrifice some of that to find the rifle I'm most accurate with.
Has anyone else been down this road? What features or overall style helped you shoot better offhand?
When I had it, my Mohawk was fine out to 500 offhand in the CA high desert.Jakesnake didn't post where he lives or hunts so we really don't know where he stalks game, it might be in the Louisiana swamps or ridges and gully's of the Black Hills of south Dakota. the choice of rifles would be totally different.
One thing for certain brush guns and carbines are poor choices for offhand shooting unless the shots are close, I'd never try a offhand shot with my wife's model 7 past 50 yards and it would be way down the list for a running shot. Off hand guns need to be balanced, carbines have all the weight behind the magazine, guns for running shots need to balance like a shotgun, preferably like a skeet or sporting clays shotgun so they'll swing smooth and encourage follow through.
I'm not down on carbines, there right at home in the woods of the east and people of small stature like them because many are light and manageable.
Do not make that a Ruger International in 308. They don't perform well. Loved them in 243.A rifle for still hunting is going to be carried a great deal, and shot infrequently, IME.
A few pf my requirements for a still hunting rifle: short, preferably light, peep sights. The first rifle I ever had that was built for still hunting deer was a 308 bolt action with an 18 inch barrel, Mannlicher style stock, and a Lyman aperture rear sight, post front. Still have that rifle, and it worked very, very well.
A 94 Winchester would be an ideal choice, too (they sold more than 6M of them, must be a reason).
In truth, the secret to offhand shots isn't anything magic in the rifle, its practice.
The accuracy requirements to hit a deer at still hunting distances aren't that high. Find a rifle you like carrying and practice with it.
Nope, Rojkoh, the rifle in question s a Sako L579 action with a Douglas barrel and a French walnut stock my father made for it. Not the rifle I'd take to a benchrest match, but it shoots quite well.
BTW, I have a Ruger #1 RSI in 7x57 (I'm a sucker for a Mannlicher stock), That one shoots just fine, too.
I make it my business to shoot every rifle I own out to 200 yards proficiently. Heavy,light,bolt,lever,
semi auto,long,short,open sights,scope - whatever ! I mostly only shoot offhand. Same goes for all my handguns at 25 yards. Could be any size,type or cartridge. I make sure I can shoot them all well.
During a snowstorm, your hardcore!Offhand is great, especially if you practice. For serious distance 400-1000 good prone is important and not with a bipod. We shot almost all the matches sling prone including 1000.
For handguns, getting to 25 is good, now move out to 50. Us oldtimers actually shoot out to 100 yards with pistol. In my case 45acp.