Rifle shooting used to be kind of like golf. Get a feel for the clubs and the ball and the turf, groove your swing, and hit it. Long range shooting is not like golf at all. All this long range stuff going around today makes shooting more like data science, more like a video game. Its more about turning the dials instead of swinging the club. I am not sure it is for the better. I guess it must be a cultural change. I can't say that I like it, but who am I to judge because I am 66 years old.
What do my fellow bloggers think?
With all respect to our old friend here, i dont agree with his opinion at all.It seems like science because it is science; ballistics is literally the study of the mechanics behind objects in flight. I was drawn to shooting because of the math and science behind it while studying kinematics in college. Kinematics led to the study of internal and external ballistics, which led me to terminal ballistics, which led me to hunting. An accomplished long range shooter has to have at least a basic understanding of the math behind what's happening. If the shooter doesn't understand what's happening, then he must rely on somebody else who does (spotter). Otherwise, they're just lobbing shots in the general direction of a target and getting lucky every once in a while.
I'm not terribly familiar with golf, but I'd bet that any top level player is applying just as much science into that sport as shooting. Even if the individual golfer isn't aware of the mechanics behind the sport, somebody else on the team is. Otherwise, everyone would be using a single club for every shot.
One of the reasons for instruction is to steepen the learning curve. Today we have information advantages and technology we didn't have just 10 years ago. Nevermind when I started or even further back when you started. Today you can look up what the top person in any quest is using/doing and move forward in weeks vs years.There is no substitute for trigger time.
By far the best is to start young, with smaller cartridges on things like clay birds on the ground at distances up to maybe 400 yds. When the bird is broken, then go for the smaller pieces.
From there go for rocks on hillsides at varying distances untill you dont have to actually think about what your doing or need to do in order to make a hit with a follow up shot.
Sorta like what to do when you hook up with a Mahi while blind trolling, and when you get it to the boat there are 5 others trying to get the lure from it. You can read or be told about those things, but you still need to have the experience in order to put it together and put all of them in the boat.
It isnt hard, and it isnt technical, its simply trigger time.
How did we learn to ride a bike? or learn to swim?
How many grown men today have never driven a stick shift car?
Would a good class be adequate for learning to actually do any of those things?