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Master Class Precision Shooting

Rifle Skills and Tips

Marksmanship is a learned skill, not one we’re born with. This is good news for anyone who wants to become a better shot. Here's how.

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  • August 8, 2013

    Rifle Tips: How to Manage Recoil - 1

    Managing recoil correctly allows you to spot your bullet's point of impact and get back on target quickly if a follow-up shot is necessary. Here's how to handle rifle recoil like a pro.


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  • July 31, 2013

    Shooting Tips: How to Control Rifle Hop - 0

    One of the hallmarks of a good shot is the ability to see the bullet’s impact on the target. It requires solid fundamentals to keep the rifle from hopping away during recoil. The trick to this, as Jacob Bynum from Rifles Only shows in the video, is to get square behind the rifle before triggering the shot.

  • July 30, 2013

    Use a Two-Part Glassing Strategy to Locate Big Game - 0

    Nothing prevents wear and tear on your feet when hunting big country like good optics. A quality binocular with 10X magnification (like the Bushnell I've got in this video) hits an excellent sweet spot because they aren’t too heavy to haul around yet they can pick apart detail at impressive distances and aren’t too fatiguing to use.

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  • July 29, 2013

    Shooting Tips: How to Practice Proper Trigger Control - 0

    Rifles Only shooting instructor Jacob Bynum is a stickler when it comes to trigger control. And for good reason: If you don't pull the trigger straight back, it will send your bullet off target, especially at long ranges.

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  • July 18, 2013

    Our 4 Favorite Deer Hunting Guns of All Time - 8

    At Outdoor Life, we take our deer hunting seriously, and each of the editors has a trusted go-to gun. Here are the four favorites we’ll be taking into the woods this fall. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 17, 2013

    Rifle Tips: Better Trigger Control for Better Accuracy - 2

    I recently did an experiment for a friend to show the importance of trigger control. I shot three consecutive 5-shot groups at 100 yards with a Shilen Tactical .308 using Federal 175-grain Gold Match ammo.

    I placed myself in the same position each time, shooting prone off a bipod and while using a squeeze bag under the rear of the stock. I took the same sight picture for all 15 shots.

    For the first series of five, I took a hard grip on the rifle and was “thoughtless” with respect to my trigger. I just squeezed off each shot when the reticle and my breathing were in the right place. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 15, 2013

    Shooting Tips: How to Find Your Natural Point of Aim - 0

    The rifleman’s job is a lot easier if he’s established a solid natural point of aim before shooting. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it is pretty straightforward. When you set up behind the rifle and relax, your crosshairs are going to be pointed somewhere. When you have correct natural point of aim (NPA), the crosshairs will be right on your target where you want your bullet to hit.

    Making this happen is a two-step process. First, get your rifle pointed at the target. Second, get your body pointed, or aligned, with the rifle. [ Read Full Post ]