At risk of being belittled and/or embarrassed, I'm sharing the biggest problems I am trying to overcome for long range shooting.
1. Flinching. For some reason I developed a bad flinch and it's hard to shake. To confirm the flinch, while at a range, I had a friend hand me my rifle without me knowing if it was loaded or unloaded to which I would acquire the target and engage. I know that if it turned out to be a dry fire shot, the weapons should not move however, that is not the case with me and it's embarrassing and counterproductive. I have theories how it started, but nothing concrete. I need to figure out how to break this.
2. Eyes watering. As I focus on the reticle and the target, I find myself trying to focus so intently that either I fail to blink properly or strain my eye and causing my eyes to tear up. This then causes the sight picture to distort.
3. Breathing. I note that I tend to commit and un-commit my breathing rhythms while trying to obtain the perfect sight picture. To the point that I think I'm causing unnecessary and unnatural breathing rhythms. I suspect this has to do in part with #1 above and in part because of OCD to obtain the perfect sight picture.
4. Trigger Squeeze. This seems to be directly correlated with all of the above. I understand that the 'shot' should almost be a surprise to me, but it’s that 'anticipation' that exacerbates all of the above.
I've read through the forums on how to 'do it right' but couldn't find a post on how to stop 'doing it wrong'. LOL, I'm probably the minority in having these issues and I'm thick skinned and have a good sense of humor if you want to skin me up about it. I figure admitting the problem is the first step...right? Anyways, you don't know me and I don't know you so it really doesn't matter does it.. If anyone has any tried and true techniques on how to overcome or mitigate these 'problems', I'd be glad to hear about it and it would be much appreciated.