Shooting at long range can be complicated, but more often than not mastery of shooting fundamentals, effective practice and establishing good habits still have the biggest impact on long-range accuracy.
- Stop Sweating The Small Stuff: Unfortunately, you’re way more likely to miss a target because you estimated the range incorrectly or you applied improper trigger control. Focus on the basics and execute them well.
- Focus On What You Can Control: Consistency: Pay attention to what you’re doing, and focus on how you can do it better. Mastering what you do so that is consistent every time is the key to accurate shooting.
- Stop Magnifying Your Errors: Turn the magnification on your scope down immediately! Seriously. it can magnify your errors and cause you to worry too much about the wobble/shake in your rifle.
- Make Your Next Shot Count: Once you’ve shot a bullet, there’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can either dwell on your error or you can re-focus yourself on what you can actually control — your next shot.
- Get Off The Bench: I’ve never seen a bench in the wild. Instead, I see rocks, trees and obstacles that require “alternative” positions to get the shot I’m looking for. Even military and police snipers typically see curbs, wheels and trash cans when they dive into the prone. If you’re shooting to be a better hunter or tactical shooter (not on a bench), then get off the bench at the range!
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In this video, former Army Ranger sniper team leader Ryan Cleckner reviews proper shooting technique. A stable platform, sight alignment, sight picture and trigger control are key fundamentals to shooting properly.