How to Improve Your Long-Range Shooting Skills

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Long-range shooting is becoming an increasingly popular recreational activity. However, even if you have basic rifle-shooting experience, it takes time to improve your accuracy and become a better shooter. If you’re looking to learn how to shoot better at longer-range distances, here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Position Yourself Properly.
Whether you are lying down or standing, position yourself squarely behind the rifle. If you are positioned at an angle, the recoil from the shot will jerk you more than it normally would, so be sure to stay on point and on target by aligning yourself with the firearm.

Tip #2: Focus on Grip.
A comfortable, firm hold on the gun is imperative. In addition, you should position it the same way every time you shoot it to make sure it’s accurate. Experts recommend using a rifle with tactical stock for long-range shooting, which allows you to adjust the cheek rest as well as the length of pull.

Tip #3: Follow-Through is Key.
Follow-through is incredibly important, just as it is for sports like golf or tennis. Once you shoot, continue to squeeze the rear and release the trigger slowly – don’t release it immediately after you pull it. Don’t lift your head up off the stock quickly, but instead stay still and watch through the scope to see if you hit the target.

Tip #4: Steady, Steady, Steady.
Keeping a sure and steady hand is important, so shoot after exhaling and before you draw your next breath. This is the time that your body is most still.

Tip #5: Practice makes perfect.
As with anything that you’re learning, practice is key. The same goes with long-range shooting. Dealing with wind when you’re shooting is one of the main things you’ll need to learn to master. The best way to learn this is with a lot of practice and experience. It may not seem like a big issue, but even shooting in subtle wind can require experience, as you learn how to adjust your hold and aim. Wind is never constant, so it will take a lot of practice to be sure you can recognize the direction and speed that is between you and the target, allowing you to make proper adjustments.

Tip #6: Use the Right Bullets.
Not all bullets are the same, so you may need to try out various bullets to see which one works best for long-range shooting and which one works well with your rifle. Test out different bullets and find your favorite one.

The above are just the tip of the iceberg. Keeping these tips in mind will help you become more consistent in your long-range shooting, but speaking with professionals with years of experience can take your skills to the next level. If you have any questions at all, contact our experts at Shooting Systems, or just come by the shop!


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