Re: Best Ideas for Accuracy - FRH vs. SRM type hunters explain their techniques details.
S1, you hit the nail right on the head. Practise, practise, practise. You gotta do it.
I know that I am a strong advocate of practise and so are all the experienced shooters on this site. I dread reading about a novice who goes to super gunsmith and buys a mondo magnum and figures he is good to 1000yds. Doesn't work that way.
In fact, I would rather they bought an off the rack Savage, Tikka, or Rem700 and spent the difference burning out that barrel. They would probably get incredible accuracy from this factory rifle too.
I personally enjoy the off season practise and shoot probably 500rds+ to every rd fired at a live target (that's centerfire, rimfire is a bunch more). Even with this volume of shooting, I do not consider myself a great reader of conditions.
Will I make first shot hits on rocks and stuff at 1000yds +? Absolutely. Will I make it everytime? Debatable.
With practise and experience comes the confidence to do what you are suggesting. I am a much better shooter now then 5 yrs ago. In the future, your idea of first shot, first hit may be a reality. It certainly would be in calm (ideal) conditions.
However, I have to accept the dynamics of wind and weather in the locations I hunt. I shoot over valleys with switching winds and lots of gusts. Can you learn to read this? Of course, you can. Can I dedicate shooting every other day to learn? Not likely.
I am not knocking either or any method. The user is responsible to develop the skills, tools and techniques necessary to accomplish the task. The guy behind the trigger gets the glory or the shame.
For me and harvesting game, I will always err on the conservative side. Will I make a "risky" shot? You bet. Will I do it everytime? No way.
To each his own...