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Flinching techniques

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I just recently purchesed a Taurus 617. When I fire the gun in 357 I tend to flinch before I pull the trigger.

I'm hoping for some techniques to correct the problem.
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Well, if it is only when your loaded with 357's and not 38's. I would say your anticipating the recoil. It is probably more mental than physical. Everyone has heard that there is more recoil in the 357 snubby. So put that outa your mind, and think about what your trying to do.

A good tight grip, "correct grip", and a good squeeze should work. I just bought my first 357 this week, so I may find out exactly what you mean shortly. If I can get out and shoot some 357's.
Shoot often and take your time; with patience, light ammo and some good guidance (friend, family or even a good book/website) you will be well on your way to getting used to shooting.
get some snap caps and practice firing the gun as well,worked great for my wife
Load the gun with a combination of live and spent casings. If you do this right you won't know when it will bang causing you to focus on your target rather than the recoil. At first you'll flinch but once you've practiced you should notice an improvement. I bought a Taurus UL85 a long time ago just to mitigate my flinching. Just take your time and be patient. Good luck.
Dry fire with snap caps. Lots of dry fire practice, then load with dud/live ammo randomly for practice.
I'd suggest (as above) mixing some fired cases in the cylinder with the live rounds. Mix then up so you don't know what is going to be under the hammer. You will know when you get to the empties. Also, practice more with 38's. They will be more comfortable. Then slowly work up your tolerance to the full power magnum loads.

I've been shooting 357's for over a dozen years. If I've been without a magnum revolver for a while I have to work my tolerance back up over a few sessions. The flinch can be both mental (the very loud noise/concussion/flash) and/or physical (the sharp impact to your hand, the rapid twist of the gun as the barrel rises and the concussion again). If the grips don't fit you well the problem is greater. I can't handle an N frame as the grips are just too big. 44 specials are painful and yet I can handle a small frame 357, but it fits my hands.

The only other idea that hasn't been mentioned yet is to get a 22 revolver with the same feel as your 617. A M94 with oversize grips should be close as would a 22 Tracker. It would be a way to practice cheaper with no recoil. And its a reason to get another gun!

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I tried the spent/live rounds thing.

HOLY CRAP. Man I was really pulling the gun when I fired at a spent casing.

Went through about 100 rounds today. At the end of the session, wasn't flinching at all.

Gonna try the trick next week too.

I like the Idea of the .22. I have an old Ruger .22 revovler. I rarely ever fire that gun. Only take it out to show some of my Nieces and Nephews how to shoot. My wife would problably kick my butt if I bought another handgun right now.

The 617 is my biggest caliber handgun so far. I'm still getting used to it, but so far, I really like it. :D
one way to get rid of cartridge based flinching is to have someone else load your gun for you. Give them a box of real low recoil 38 spclt,357, and heavy duty 357. Let them load in the order they want, and youll see just how much is mental.

based on the idea of getting used to a flintlock, by just having a loader who loads it out of your sight. sometimes nothing in the pan, sometimes just powder in pan, and sometimes with powder in pan and barrel.
breaks alot of the fear of recoild flinch as you learn not to anticipate anything.
I guess I'm lucky cause I only flinch when I get shot at.

I didn't have a problem flinching when I shot my .44 mag at the range but I started to notice the people near me did. Turns out the porting on my pistol made a recoil impulse that could be felt seven stalls down. I didn't notice it until I let someone else shoot my pistol.
Use snap caps and CT laser grips around the house and get to the range when you have the time and money for ammo.
Like everything, it gets easier with practice.
Bezoar said:
one way to get rid of cartridge based flinching is to have someone else load your gun for you. Give them a box of real low recoil 38 spclt,357, and heavy duty 357. Let them load in the order they want, and youll see just how much is mental.
Even better, if you reload or know someone who does, is to make up a mix of everything from really light .38 loads to near-max .357 loads all in .357 hulls with the same bullet type so you'll never be able to tell what you're going to get next.

(Edited to add: Keep these separate from your other ammo, of course, and follow good reloading practices of working up to a safe max load for your individual gun before mixing things up)
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