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Cheek Bone Bruising

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I have a IZH-27 shotgun in 20 ga. I love the gun but after extended firing sessions my cheek bone is brusied. I'm 5'10 and weigh 250 lbs. When shooting I'm having to tilt by head down so that I can see right down the rib if not I'm looking down on the front bead. I have heard that my comb could be too high and this can be fixed by sanding the top of the stock down until the correct sight picture can be established. I'm a little apprehensive in doing this my self because once it's gone you can't put it back. Does any one have any suggestions. I live around the Beaumont area of Texas.
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If you keep your head up higher on the stock, which will take your cheek out of harms way, you will see more of the rib on the barrel. This will in effect have your shotgun pointing up from where you are used to having it point. Maybe 1/2 a pattern or more. If you in fact shoot your gun with this sight picture/barrel position you will indeed miss high the shots you are currently making by having your cheek down tight against the stock and looling directly over a flat rib picture. "Floating" the rock is a term for having an air gap bwetween the tip of your barrel and the rock rather than having the rock either right above or covered with the barrel. Seeing daylight between your barrel and the rock is called "floating the rock"! There are various stick on or strap on pads and comb extensions available to get your face up higher and still allow for something solid for your cheek to fit against allowing a consistant eye/cheek placement on your shotgun from shot to shot. Getting you face farther back from the front/higher part of the comb helps too and you won't need to float the rock either. Either way I'd suggest you give something a try. Either the comb pad or strap on /slip on recoil pad and see if it helps. I have a Charles Daly that will beat hell out of my cheek after about 75 rounds if I try to stay down on the stock. Rather than do either of the things I mentioned, I bought a different shotgun with a totaly different stock configuration so it doesn't recoil back and whack my cheek any more. It doesn't take much of that to get one to loose interest in shooting does it?? I know I really didn't care if I never shot the danged thing again. In the field is one thing, but shooting trap or the like is another altogether!

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