There are all kinds of variables to consider when shooting at a target from long distances. If you are shooting at targets more than a half mile away, it’s important to choose the right weapon, caliber and ammunition if you want to hit your target.
These Long Distance Shooting Tips will teach you everything there is to know about your scope. Learn details like parallax and diopter adjustments, which I will cover in great detail. There is also your gun cleaning regiment to consider. Professional long range shooters have a happy medium between a clean and dirty barrel.
Some of the high performance barrels perform well clean and others do not. This one detail alone can determine if you hit your target or not. This is something every long distance shooter has to consider. You will be able to determine your sweet spot the more you shoot your weapon.
There are other things to consider like body position and breathing. By the time you finish reading this article, you will have the knowledge to hit your targets almost every time. Practice these 6 steps and you’ll be a marksman in no time at all!
Tip #1. What Is Parallax & How To Prevent Problems
Parallax simply means that the target and the reticle are not on the same focal plane making it very difficult to hit your target. This is caused by looking at your target through your scope. The target will appear to differ when viewed from different angles.
You traditional hunters that are transitioning to long range shooting might not be familiar with what parallax is. That’s because the scope you already use is most likely set at a 150 yards. At this distance, the parallax error is so minute that it barely effects your shot.
The same can’t be said when shooting at targets at greater distances. Most modern scopes have ranges marked on their adjustment knobs. This allows you to focus on your target at longer distances. All you have to do here is look through your scope as you’re adjusting the parallax knob.
Once your target comes into focus with little or no reticle movement you are ready to fire. Well, not so fast! I still have 5 more tips to go. Anyways, this is one thing most people don’t know when trying to shoot targets more than 150 yards away.
Tip #2. How To Properly Adjust Your Diopter
Almost all modern scopes have diopter adjustment rings. What the rings allow you to do is adjust your scope’s focal length to your eye that sharpens the image. This can dramatically improve your chances of making the shot of a lifetime.
All you have to do to adjust the diopter is look through your scope and twist the diopter ring until your image becomes crystal clear. As simple as this is to do, some people are just not aware of how to do it. You can’t hit your target if you can’t see it!
Tip #3. Learn How To Get Better At Doping the Wind
A professional long range shooter already knows how to adjust their scope for elevation and wind doping. When shooting at distances greater than a mile. There are a few variables you must consider before you take the shot. If you don’t, you are GUARANTEED to MISS!
Just because the wind is light and calm from your shooting position, does not always mean the wind is calm in your targets location. If you’re taking a shot from a mile and a half away, chances are very good that weather conditions may slightly vary.
While you have your target in your sights, look for leaves, dust, grass or anything blowing in the wind. This will help you determine wind direction and speed. This will also help you make the necessary corrections needed to hit your target. Miss these tiny details and you will MISS your shot!
Tip #4. Make Sure You Understand Your Scope
Today’s modern scopes a very advanced. They vary in price and come with all kinds of features as well. Know your gun and your load! There are scopes on the market that may already be set up for what your shooting. If you’re not sure, ask someone who knows.
Are you going to buy a scope with MRAD lines, BDC reticle or a MOA? What I’m saying is, know your scope and what it can do! This is probably the most important part of making the shot. Make sure you know every feature and capability of your scope inside and out.
Tip #5. A Consistent Cleaning Regiment Is Everything
Any professional long range shooter will tell you there’s a fine line when it comes to cleaning their rifle barrels. On one hand, a gun barrel that has just been scrubbed, won’t shoot as accurately as a barrel that has been shot 3 or 4 times depending on the barrel.
As you shoot your gun, you’ll find your sweet spot. You’ll know exactly when to clean your barrel. Once you discover what works best for you. Make sure to clean your barrel consistently and your long range shooting accuracy will dramatically improve!
Tip #6. How To Properly Breathe & Position Your Body
In order to get into the best shooting position, you must lie flat on your stomach. You want your spine parallel to the axis of the bore of the rifle. This will help you stabilize the gun after the shot. This is important if you need to take another shot and stay on target.
Your gun will raise up and down as opposed to side to side. This makes it much easier to handle the recoil and stay on target after every shot. You also want to have your legs spread apart. This will help stabilize you as well.
Last but not least, your breathing. Every professional long range shooter knows that breathing is everything and will effect your shot. Once you have your target locked in your sights, slowly exhale. When you get to the bottom of your exhale, slowly pull the trigger.
Fire At Will!
That’s it, it’s as simple as that! Well, not really, learning to control the trigger is an art. This is a skill you must master to succeed! Practice, practice and practice some more! I got these 6 long range shooting tips from a book called Spec Ops Shooting.
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