#1 best tip for new shooters trying to get into the long range game!

snox801

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Practice. Practice a lot as much as you can. Even at 100 yards. I notice after a few months of not shooting during my busy season that I lose a lot of trigger control. This time of year I don’t go two days without the range and it’s shows. I have a buddy who really wants to get into long range. I coach him all the time but he only wants to show up twice a year and try and buy his way into taking game at 1000.
I’m really glad he hit the range before going because it crushes his confidence enough to stay within 200 yards. But every year he tries to buy a new rifle that will do it for him.
 

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Also practice as much as you can with small caliber. I shoot a .223 with a break most the time. That way I get to only worry about doing things right I never have recoil issues cause it’s muscle memory. Yes everyone can say they are not recoil sensitive and ya shooting a 300 win isn’t bad till you get about 100 rounds down itnin a day.
 

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Practice. Practice a lot as much as you can. Even at 100 yards. I notice after a few months of not shooting during my busy season that I lose a lot of trigger control. This time of year I don’t go two days without the range and it’s shows. I have a buddy who really wants to get into long range. I coach him all the time but he only wants to show up twice a year and try and buy his way into taking game at 1000.
I’m really glad he hit the range before going because it crushes his confidence enough to stay within 200 yards. But every year he tries to buy a new rifle that will do it for him.
This pretty much sums it up. Spend more time shooting and less time worrying about your gear.

A $600 rifle chambered for 308 Win and a $300 scope is a great way to get started while giving you lots of options for inexpensive ammo. The 6.5 Creedmoor would be a good second choice for the same reasons.
 

Canhunter35

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A heavy barrel 308 with a free floated stock and a scope that tracks well, but can be inexpensive, (like a sightron stac) then shoot the snot out of it. Wear it out practicing, trying different loads, whatever and you’ll learn the rest along the way.
Todd hodnetts accuracy 1st intro to long range shooting is a great DVD and really gets a person the pertinent info to start into long range
 

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Also relatively new to long range shooting/hunting. Best advice I got when getting into this sport was to buy a 6.5 creedmoor. I was able to get out to 1000 yards easily, factory ammo was crazy accurate (its an inherently accurate round) and even the budget rifles will shoot 1/2 moa. That’s where I started and its the best advice I ever could have received.
 

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Also relatively new to long range shooting/hunting. Best advice I got when getting into this sport was to buy a 6.5 creedmoor. I was able to get out to 1000 yards easily, factory ammo was crazy accurate (its an inherently accurate round) and even the budget rifles will shoot 1/2 moa. That’s where I started and its the best advice I ever could have received.
I honestly think you get what you pay for...sure you can buy a ruger american and a vortex hs-t to get in the game. If you really want to get serious about it you need to go full custom and you can’t cheap out on glass - at least thats what I was told by another member on this forum. I am hoping my kids decide not to go to college and am saving up my pennies to be able to get a tangent theta in the next few years :)
 
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Dry fire alot. Cheaper than ammo. Even at the range, shoot a round, then dry fire 3 or 4 times before another. Concentrate on releasing the shot with no movement, perfectly still. You need to let the gun cool anyway. Take your time and make each one perfect. It will carry over to live ammo. You can do it at home too. Just make sure absolutely no ammo. Not even in the same room. Make sure!!!.
 

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