Long-Range Shooting 101
As a hunter and sport shooter, I have always tried to learn as much as possible about long-range shooting. It has certainly become a more popular activity among sportsmen and women, and I’ve picked up a few tips along the way in becoming more proficient in pounding targets at greater distances.
First, I practice as much as I can during the off-season. Practice makes me that much better when making important split-second decisions whether I’m hunting or at a long-range competition.
Second, it’s really important to record data on each and every shot. I never used to, but it’s very helpful information to have on hand each time I shoot. Record the distance of the target, scope reading, conditions (weather) and the results of your shot. This data can serve you well … it helps in understanding the capabilities of your firearm and ammunition, as well as how ‘you’ performed. You will make great shots and you will make mistakes. Learn from both and develop your skills.
Third, learn how to read wind. This is a skill to master. Wind speeds and direction can be very unpredictable. Learn how to adjust, but before making major changes to your optics or positioning, take a second or third shot. If you miss again, in a similar location (left, low, high, right), then move your aim point.
Finally, let’s talk ‘controlled breathing’. I have found this to be one of the most important aspects in long-range shooting. For me, the best time to break a shot is during my resting breath or better known as the natural respiratory pause (NRP). The respiratory pause lasts just seconds and occurs when the shooter is completely relaxed. That’s the perfect time to take a shot. If you don’t feel comfortable or perhaps miss that moment, try to start the breathing pattern all over. This is extremely important because you don’t want to make a bad shot.
I’ve outlined a few suggestions that have worked for me in learning to become more proficient in long-range shooting. As I mentioned, it’s important to develop a training routine and stick to it.
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