#1 shooting tip

tomsd

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Grew up shooting at first a Daisy Rider BB gun and then graduated a pump Benjamin Pellet gun -10? yrs old - and just aimed and shot and usually hit what I was aiming at.

At the AF Academy - on the frosh rifle team (later quit to focus on baseball) - was taught: Get in position, take a good breath - let out about a third - slowly squeese trigger until surprised. And PRACTICE and then Practice some more.

I really admire those who shoot between heartbeats?
 
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I'm as capable of forgettin stuff as the next human bring, but forgetting my
" Bolt " would have meant forgetting my entire rifle. That, I've never done. I can't imagine why the hell anyone would ever keep them seperately to begin with. But that's just me.
However, I have found a bolt on the cleaning bench after I have locked the rife in gun safe. LOL
(More than once)
 
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Haven’t read all 56 posts; so , I forgive me if it’s already been stated. In shooting the #1 BIG tip should be, DONT MISS. Now having said that, a long time ago When I was a younger fella who had just joined the military I was barked at by this old drill sergeant. His motto was look after the little things and the big things would look after themselves. To this day I truly try to follow those words which had lead me to a new motto. Fail to plan. Plan to fail. So that’s Y the #1 tip is don’t miss; and you should if you’ve looked after the little things and have planned for that shot. Just my 2c
 

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Haven’t read all 56 posts; so , I forgive me if it’s already been stated. In shooting the #1 BIG tip should be, DONT MISS. Now having said that, a long time ago When I was a younger fella who had just joined the military I was barked at by this old drill sergeant. His motto was look after the little things and the big things would look after themselves. To this day I truly try to follow those words which had lead me to a new motto. Fail to plan. Plan to fail. So that’s Y the #1 tip is don’t miss; and you should if you’ve looked after the little things and have planned for that shot. Just my 2c
LOL - Nothing like Ole Sarge's advice !!!
 

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Learn to read the wind
Yes, this was 600 yards with my 300 win mag shooting prone with a hunting sling. Wind was all over the place. As far as best tip, I'd say breath control and trigger management. If I don't get the shot off I will wait until my breathing is better, usually 2-3 breaths. Aim small miss small
 

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Interested to see what everyone's number one tip to shooting groups? Looking for very specific pointers or your number one thing to do when shooting. let's keep it shooting groups at 100-1200 yrds with a capable hunting rifle. Go!!
Women are some of the best shooters...why?....because they usually don't get too excited. They relax to the point of almost sleep. Men have a hard time with that. They seem to be more competitive and try too hard to shoot well, and force things. So, relax, get in good position (when possible in field conditions), do not get in a hurry even if the game (animal)..moves out....
 

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Yes, this was 600 yards with my 300 win mag shooting prone with a hunting sling. Wind was all over the place. As far as best tip, I'd say breath control and trigger management. If I don't get the shot off I will wait until my breathing is better, usually 2-3 breaths. Aim small miss small
LOL DOS. Nothing like seeing a good animal - maybe having to scramble up a hill - and then get off a good shot - hopefully before it disappears into the timber/brush. Agree - if you have time - take a couple breaths to calm the "Buck fever".
 

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Women are some of the best shooters...why?....because they usually don't get too excited. They relax to the point of almost sleep. Men have a hard time with that. They seem to be more competitive and try too hard to shoot well, and force things. So, relax, get in good position (when possible in field conditions), do not get in a hurry even if the game (animal)..moves out....
Sometimes you do not have a lot of time - almost have to take a snap shot - or as you imply - pass. DEPENDS - on the distance, liklihood of being able to track the game, how good of a rest - if any - you can get - on and on......
 

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LOL DOS. Nothing like seeing a good animal - maybe having to scramble up a hill - and then get off a good shot - hopefully before it disappears into the timber/brush. Agree - if you have time - take a couple breaths to calm the "Buck fever".
I was climbing up this massive steep mountain in Colorado, dang thing was **** near straight up and down and in a slight rush to get to my spot, as day light appears I see a cow elk about 300 yards out moving away and about to disappear into timber. I pulled my gloves off and laid them over a tree and totally out of breath I put the cross hairs on her shoulder, they were going from above her back to the ground. Took a few seconds, seemed like a year to finally get it under control before they settled on her shoulder as I squeezed trigger. She collapsed where she stood. That is definitely tough to manage breathing in a quick offhand shot.
 

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Make friends with your triggers. If you shoot several rifles like me, I find that dry firing each rifle several times before live firing. This takes some of the surprises out the equation. This re-establishes familiarity with each rifle's trigger pull before you send one down range. One more thing turn your elevation back to zero !!!
 
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Interested to see what everyone's number one tip to shooting groups? Looking for very specific pointers or your number one thing to do when shooting. let's keep it shooting groups at 100-1200 yrds with a capable hunting rifle. Go!!
Dry fire practice and don't rush.
 

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