Before firing your sighting shot, make sure your rifle is unloaded and solidly positioned on the rest. You can check this by aiming and "dry-firing" a couple of times and noting any crosshair "jump" on the target. This also helps you refine the smoothness of your trigger pull. If you're using a variable-power scope, crank it up to top magnification so you'll have the best look at the target and be better able to see the bullet hole. Unlessour scope has been bore-sighted or pre-sighted with a collimator, it's a good idea to use a target at least 18 inches square, because it's vital that your shot hits somewhere on the paper. When everything is ready, and you're wearing eye and ear protection, load a single round, aim carefully, caress the trigger and give it your best shot.