How to Master Long Range Shooting

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I've been a Gunwerks customer for a long time and own several rifles. The customer service is excellent! The Long Range University Curriculum presents a very technical step by step process to develop your knowledge and skill for long range shooting. The Level 3 course is perfect for the advanced shooter, or the hunter spending the big bucks on hunts with extreme mountain terrain. Garrett Wall spills the beans about what you can expect from a level 1 course from Long Range University.

L2 really is the place where you get indepth knowledge about things like doping the wind and challenging field shooting positions and conditions. L3, the masters course in Long Range Shooting. Here is where your skills are put to the test and weaknesses are exposed and then strengthened by your instructors. Overview We pride ourselves in being innovative leaders of the world of long-range hunting and shooting.

Train for Hunting Gunwerks made its mark in the rifle industry through pioneering the world of long range hunting. The Shooting Platform Stable and adjustable benches combined with correct shooting equipment are the foundation for precision and a fundamental for accuracy. The Target Range Our known distance range has targets out to yards. The Training Room Comfortable. Aaron Davidson Founder. Caylen Wojcik Director of Training. Phillip Velayo Lead Shooting Instructor. Jeremy Winters Course Instructor.

Mike Davidson Range Instructor. Garrett Wall Range Instructor. Paradigm Shift I was intrigued by but slightly hesitant about the concept of long range hunting and decided to attend the Level 1 Course and familiarize myself with the techniques and equipment Gunwerks has become well known for. Adam Janke - Journal of Mountain Hunting. Knowledge is Power! Jeff Watt. James Mathisen. Image Gallery. LRU Level 2 Video L2 really is the place where you get indepth knowledge about things like doping the wind and challenging field shooting positions and conditions.

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Long-Range Shooting Tips

Or create a new account Email address. In full disclosure, some gadgetry does creep in to this confabulation, but in my defense it's in order to enhance your skill in picking the right gadget. I have friends who shoot superbly with pound precision rifles. If all you're doing is carrying the rifle from your truck to the shooting mat, or if you're built like Schwarzenegger, a very heavy rifle is an asset because it's naturally stable and makes accurate shooting easier. On the other end of the spectrum, I personally am afflicted with an affinity for super-light rifles.

I like climbing mountains to hunt, and I'm not 20 anymore. Trouble with light rifles is, they offer little or no stability from any shooting position. Heartbeat, breathing, trembling, all those human things that effect us in the heat of the moment when a difficult shot is on the line make an uber-light rifle bounce around like dandelion fluff in the wind.

You've got to build a really good shooting position and execute your shot durned near perfectly to shoot a super-light rifle well at extreme distance. Savage Model If you really want to pursue long-range shooting without frustration and with a modicum of success, choose your rifle wisely. Let it be built with a good barrel on an action reputed for accuracy, of enough but not too much weight, and of reasonable cost however you measure that. You won't want to run up and down mountains with it, but it's a legitimate extreme-distance rifle. It shoots easily sub-MOA with most ammo, and I've put four out of five rounds into less than five inches at 1, yards with it.

Choosing a good long-range scope can be mind-boggling.

Obviously, you want good glass so you can see small, distant targets. You definitely want precise, consistent, predictable elevation adjustment, so you must have super-quality guts in the adjustment turrets and erector tube suspension. Your elevation turret should have a zero-stop type mechanism so you can dial back down to your zero distance after shooting long, and it should allow multiple upward rotations so you can dial up as far as you want.

Plus, if you prefer to hold over rather than dial your turret up, you'll need hashmarks on the vertical stadia, too. The superb 4. When it comes to picking an elevation-compensating measurement system, you've got to go with either Imperial minutes of angle or Metric Milliradians.

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Many tactical types, especially those with military service in their past, will froth at the mouth and emphatically state that MOA should be abolished and Mils are the salvation of the long-range future. Both are good, both are capable, but both have weaknesses. In reality, you'll get along best with whichever measurement system you use most in everyday life. If that's metric, Mils are for you.

If you're an American accustomed to the Imperial measurement system seems ironic, doesn't it? MOA is your poison. You probably know this, but it's worth mentioning: by a stroke of Imperial luck MOA basically lines up with inches at yards. In other words, although one MOA is in fact 1. Sure, there will be slight discrepancies at extreme range, but you're going to validate your trajectory with either system and tweak drop charts anyway, so what's the worry? Mils, on the other hand, measure 10 centimeters at meters, 20 at meters, and so forth.

It's just easier for me to envision an MOA at, say, yards about seven inches than it is to envision a Mil at meters exactly how big is 70 centimeters, anyway? Whichever system you choose, make sure that your turret and the reticle inside both work on the same system.

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Believe it or not, for years many so-called tactical scopes were built with MOA turrets and Mil-dot reticles. It's much easier if both are the same. Also be sure that you like the reticle inside the scope. I'm a hunter and a practical shooter, so I don't particularly care for really, really complex reticles that appear to be some sort of screen door when you look through the scope.

I like an MOA or Mil scale that isn't too coarse, and that has numbers to help you find your place. Let me tell you, it's a pain to have to count down 27 MOA on a scale without numbers. I don't care if it looks crooked, if your reticle is properly leveled up to the vertical axis of your rifle, that's how it needs to stay. As humans we tend to hold rifles tilted and, well, that makes reticles appear to not be straight. Trouble is, if you turn the scope to make it look straight, your point of impact will be off to one side or the other at long range.

There are several ways to level up a scope. The best way is to take it to an OCD gunsmith with a sophisticated leveling device. He'll get it perfect or he won't sleep that night. Since I do my own, I've found that matching a level attached to the barrel with a level laid across the top of the scope base gives me a close-to-perfect reference; I then install the rings and scope and simply lay a level across the top of the elevation turret and rotate the scope body until it matches the level attached to the barrel.

Be aware that scope rings usually pull a scope out of level as they are tightened, especially cheap rings that haven't been lapped. Exercise great care as you slowly work the ring screws tight. Even if your scope is perfectly level to the axis of your rifle, your eyes can't level it up in the field without a little help. Gradual slopes in the downrange terrain typically cause shooters to bias their reticle in the same direction as the landscape. Mount a quality level bubble to the body of your scope, and level it up to the crosshairs. You can level it at the same time as you mount your optic, or you can lay prone with your vertical crosswire held on a perfectly plumb line drawn on a tall wall and tighten down the level.

What is parallax? Point your finger at a distant object. This book has a wealth of good information, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into the sport and their equipment. As an experienced shooter and competitor, along with being an instructor, I find a lot of the information in this book valuable to those looking to get into long range disciplines.


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