John T, good seeing ya here, length of pull is the distance between the leading edge of the trigger, and the end of the butt. Most stock rifles and shotguns are for the average shooter and measure about 13"-14". Some of the bigger gun companies are offering a shorter length of pull for youth and lady shooters. Usually the longer lankier shooters that need a longer length of pull either go custom or add a thicker recoil pad. RR
I was told you should lay your arm on a flat surface with arm bent at the elbow at ~90 degrees, then curl your trigger finger/hand as if holding a rifle with finger on the trigger. Have someone measure the distance from the inside of the trigger finger to the flesh of your upper arm just above the elbow. That should get you close - and it will likely be a little over 14".
But the best way is to shoulder a try stock and find the spot that is most comfortable, allowing a little for hunting/shooting clothing bulk.
What youv'e gotten so far for advise is good. I would ask, do you have a rifle that fits you real good? Measure that for trigger pull and look over the stock design to see if it's gonna be similiar to what you want next. You also gotta figure how and when your gonna use the new one, mostly for shooting during the summer OR mostly shooting during hunting when you will have extra clothing on? I've always found that having a shorter trigger pull is better then too long. A good stock maker should ask you these questions and maybe even have a "try stock".
I may be wrong here, but I always measured the length of pull from the middle of the trigger (in the curved part) to the Center section of the butt
plate. Thus a flatter type buttplate rifle such as a Lancaster & a Hawken
buttplate will measure the same this way if they are say ? 14" L.O.P. when you measure it this way. However if you go from leading edge of trigger to end of the butt at top or at bottom, on a Lancaster & then do same on a Hawken or Tenn. rifle, the latter will have a much longer length of pull. So it should be center to center. As tall as you are & with long arms as you have, you will probably end up with a 15 1/2 " L.O.P. and 3 to 3 1/2" drop to make it comfortable. I wear a 34" sleeve & I can shoot a 15 1/2" L.O.P. in certain rifle styles, then a 14 1/4" fits me best in a Lancaster, etc. But I like 3allot of drop in all of them. Best to go & try out several.
Each man to the devil in his own way, but I can't stand rifles with a short length of pull. I am 6 foot 3 and I never found a rifle with a pull too long, even when wearing a coat. My dad has an Enfield, that damn rifle must have been made for some damn English leprechaun, it has about a 12-3/4 inch pull, I missed a shot on a 8 pointer with that rifle and I still blame that midget gun. I like a 14- 1/2 inch pull
Well, I have always measured the shotguns & the ML rifles the same, as to me a scope has nothing to do with a real muzzleloader.
I can see where a scoped HP rifle would be different tho. In fact, I have never measured the L.O.P. on the HP rifles I have or the 22 rifles.
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