6 Long Distance Shooting Tips Guaranteed To Improve Your Accuracy!

6 Long Distance Shooting Tips Guaranteed To Improve Your Accuracy!

Sniper Rifle 2There 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.

BulletSome 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 you have to consider when Long range shooting. You will be able to determine your sweet spot the more you shoot your weapon.

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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 Adjustment 2

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

Diopter Adjustment 2

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

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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

Understanding 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

Gun Cleaning

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

Shooting Positions

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.

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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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Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my shooting tips. If you have any shooting tips of your own or would like to comment below, please feel free to do so. You can also send me an email by clicking HERE Contact Jack! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “6 Long Distance Shooting Tips Guaranteed To Improve Your Accuracy!”

  1. Some excellent tips on long-range shooting! The particularly difficult thing for me is gauging the wind but, the suggestion you gave watching the target area for material blowing around is great. Of course, the longest shot I have ever made successfully is less than 400 yards.

    I have a couple of questions.

    Is it better to zero the scope on the rifle myself or, have it professionally bore sighted?

    Do you have any suggestions for what type of rifle and scope I should use for extreme long range shooting?

    I currently have a Sako 85 Long Range .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle with a Leupold Waterproof VX-6 7-42x56mm Side Focus Rifle Scope.


    1. Hi Jim,

      I have the same problem judging wind. This is definitely a skill I need to improve on. It takes a lot of skill to hit a target a mile or more away.

      The answer to your 1st question is, use your own best judgement. If you have experience, than I would do it myself. You can zero the scope out at a 100 yards and go from there.

      If you’re still having trouble hitting the target, you may want to have your gun professionally bore sighted. I chose to have my gun professionally bore sighted myself. Better safe than sorry!

      The answer to your second question is difficult to answer. It depends what your preference is and how far the target is you’re shooting at.

      In September of 2014, a gentlemen named Jim Spinella hit a 36 inch steel plate from a distance of 3606.41 yards (2.049 Miles) away. Pretty awesome shooting, if you ask me.

      He used a Hill Country Rifle Custom .375 CheyTac with a Schmidt & Bender 5-25X56mm PM-2 Scope. I prefer a 50 Cal Sniper rifle myself.

      Thanks for your great questions Jim. Let me know when you join the mile club.


  2. This post was EXTREAMLY informative for me!!!!!! However, I do have a question….. Does the lying down on your stomach not only help keep the gun stable, but will it also help to keep the shooter from getting disoriented? I have been shooting guns since I was 5 years old and I am a really good marksman. But when my father started to train me on a rifle with a scope, I became so disoriented it made me sick. What do you recommend for that? My dad just simply told me that I can’t shoot with a scope then. But after reading your post……. I’m wondering if I actually can.

    1. Hello VHayes2,

      Lying down on the ground gives you maximum stability when shooting at a target a considerable distance away. I’m not sure about getting disoriented though.

      I’ve never heard of that before. You bring up a good point, I have to do some research on it and get back to you. I can see getting disoriented if you’re looking through the scope while walking or something.

      As long as you’re in a stationary position you should be fine. You should ask a local gun pro about disorientation and see what they have to say about it.

      Thanks for bringing up a very good point I never considered.


  3. Hey watsup Jack, awesome tips! I haven’t been to the range in a while but I can attest to regular cleaning maintaining accuracy. On a side note I have a question for you… Have you tried out those plastic 3d printed guns? If so I would love to hear your thoughts! I’ve been checking these out for a while and making 3d mockups for new designs.

    1. What’s up Vince!

      You do have to clean your gun often enough to where it performs at it’s maximum efficiency. Especially if you’re shooting long distance targets.

      It makes all the difference in the world as far as accuracy goes. It will make the difference between hitting or missing your target.

      It’s interesting that you bring up 3D guns. A few years ago, I went to a show in Tampa, Florida where they had a demonstration on 3D Printers.

      Really cool stuff! The things you can make are endless. I read an article a few years back about 3D guns. They do fire but were only good for one or two shots.

      This was a few years ago, they may have more durable materials these days. I’ll have to do a little research on them and see what they’re all about.

      Thanks for your comment and let me know how your designs turn out!


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