Deer Rifle Accuracy Tips

2. Make sure the stock screws are tight. If the stock-to-barrel connection is loose, the barrel moves--causing accuracy to go south. This is especially important if you shoot on a bench or on a Lead Sled type of device and then try to shoot off-hand. It can drive a shooter crazy.

3. Install a new trigger. This is the most critical piece of the shooter's accuracy puzzle. Why? Because the trigger is the connection between the eye and the bullet. A crisp (no creep) trigger that releases the same way every time helps ensure accuracy because the shooter will know exactly when the gun will fire. An aftermarket trigger helps in another way as well. Most factory triggers are set way too heavy. So, let’s consider the case where the rifle weighs 8 pounds and the trigger pull is set at, say 7 pounds. When the shooter pulls the trigger he (or she) has to pull nearly the weight of the rifle to get it to fire, and what often happens is that the gun actually moves because of the force required to pull the trigger. If the gun moves, the crosshairs will move. And that makes it tough to get an accurate shot. A nice, crisp 2.5- to 3-pound trigger is the way to go. When the eyes and brain say to send the bullet to the target, the mechanics of pulling the trigger should not be an issue.”

Good points. You would also be well advised to practice before the season. The day before the deer opener is not the time to find the gun is off. For more information on Timney triggers go to timneytriggers.com.

Slaton White