I was fitted and the fitter gave me the following measurements: 1 3/8 comb: 2 1/8 heel: 1/4 cast off at heel and 1/2″ cast at toe. I am fairly large in the shoulder and chest (I wear a 52 jacket) and the fitter said that by having cast at the toe will help seat the gun in my shoulder pocket, and will keep the toe from digging into my chest. He also recommended 3 degrees pitch. These measurements were taken with a sporting clays O/U since no one in the area fits for the SxS.
Just wondering what you think.
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A 1/4″ at heel and 1/2″ at toe is a bit more than the usual 1/8″ and 3/8″most factory guns carry, but then so is a 52 jacket. I am size 48 and prefer no cast off at all. It all depends on how you mount and shoot your gun, just as much as it depends on your size. Fitted guns are almost always cast off more at toe than at heel for the very reason that your fitter gave you. The shoulder pocket is not vertical, but slants outward.
Guys with heavy chests usually do take a bit more pitch than skinny people. Of course, pitch only counts if you mount on your torso, not on our on your arm. If you mount out there, pitch has no effect at all.
Generally, it sounds as though the numbers your guy gave you are in the ball park. Just remember that SxS guns are usually stocked higher than O/Us and that game guns are also usually stocked higher than clay target guns (except trap) because upland game birds are most often shot on the rise.
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