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I am in the final stages of ordering my TVM (Tennessee Valley Muzzleoading) Southern Rifle, and need help in the proper way to determine length of pull (LOP) and the "drop in the stock"-the curve down from line of site to the butt plate. I want to be sure everything is correct. Can you all help me out?
 

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If you want a perfect fit you'll have to visit some high dollar outfit that has a try gun and some knowledge of offhand rifle shooting. Short of that most folks try to adapt themselves to the "average" stocks off the shelf companies put out. Somebody once said that Kentucky rifle stocks were just about perfect for shootin' around a tree. :-D
 

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A simple but effective way to check your length of pull is to hold your arm so the elbow makes a 90 degree angle, and curl your finger like you are pulling the trigger. Measure from inside crook of elbow to crook of trigger finger. A yardstick works great for this.
Drop is another matter, though, as it has alot to do with shooting style, and facial build. It seems to me the originals and close copies have too much drop, but I understand that they held them different than we do today. Probably best to handle several guns, and take the measurement from one you like.
 

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when determining length of pull, first i would ask is the rifle for target or hunting. if it's for hunting, remember the thickness of your hunting jacket. the rifle i use for hunting has an 1 1/2 in shorter pull than my target rifles.

when finding the correct drop, like before mentioned, visit a match or muzzleloader shop to "try them on" stand in your shooting stance with rifle at your waist. closr your eyes and bring gun to what is a comfortable position. then, without moving, open your eyes. if you have to move your head up or down to see the correct sight picture, the drop is not the best for you. when you find one that is just right, trace it on a pice of stiff paper for measurements.
 

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Measurements once you've found what you like are easily obtained. Place the firearm against a wall so the barrel touches full length, then measure from the wall to the comb and the butt. :wink:
 
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