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.
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.
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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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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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 ]
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 ]