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singleshot12 11-23-2008 02:41 PM

feelin sorry for the old man
My Dad is in his mid sixtys and is a avid shotgun deer hunter in Illinois, this sommer his diabetes left him blind in his right eye and being right handed this creates a problem aiming the gun, i have a single shot 12ga
new england arms w/rifledl barrell and weaver type scope mounts with a red dot scope, and wondering if any one know how i might remount the scope about 3" to the left and if so could this be sighted in so he could shoot it ?

tryin to fix the old man up in illinois

wmi 11-23-2008 05:21 PM

He just needs to retrain himself. Should not be that hard to do at this point. Many have made this change over to opposite hand shooting. Ronn teaches this in his turkey hunting seminars.

ronn 11-23-2008 05:50 PM

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timberghost 11-23-2008 08:20 PM

Good advice. Very sorry about your dads situation but with the advice given he should be in it again.


Set up multiple large targets side by side and figure out where his other eye is really looking and then adjust accordingly. I had a bud that lost his right eye due to an accident and it took a while and a sore shoulder but with patience and encouragement it can be done.

Hunting Man 11-24-2008 06:59 AM

Hey I hope your dad is able to give it a go on continued hunting. I agree with the other posts, he should be able to re-train himself on the leftside shooting. It may take awhile and some comments, but with a scope he should make a decent transformation. The old 30-30s used to mount side scopes on them so why not a shotgun?

buckslayer30/06 11-24-2008 04:26 PM

learning to shoot left handed shouldnt be to bad i used to do it before i knew my right eye was the dominant one and i still from time to time shoot lefty to give me a sort of challenge.

DKA 11-30-2008 07:46 PM

If your dad was right eye dominant, he now is left eye dominant, tell him to shoot with both eyes open and point his index finger at the intended target. With some practice, he will be shooting as good as ever. We teach this method in Hunter Safety Education, called point and shoot. Young people catch on quick, but older people take a while longer, but will make it.

ronn 11-30-2008 07:59 PM

I think your plan so

newenglandbuckhntr 11-30-2008 09:42 PM

i agree with shooting week side also, i am in the army and it begining to be a bigger part of our training. but a scope will be very difficult to adjust to with the mechanics involved with muscle memeory and eye relief in reference to the scope. my suggestion is try shooting lefty but with a redot, they are point of impact, so no matter who is shooting the weapon it will always hit where the red dot is, where a scope is zeroed to an indevidual. the only downfall to them is there is no magnification, but i think it will better suit him if hes not prone to shooting lefty. good luck, and send by best to your father.

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