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Top Shooting Tips From Professional Army Marksmen

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July 11, 2017 in Guns


Do you want to improve your marksmanship for hunting? Of course you do. These ten tips from former servicemen will help you do just that – keep reading.

• Purchase A Quality Scope

When purchasing shooting equipment, it is advised that you work according to an approximate budget. Plan to spend approximately the same amount of money on a scope, rings, and mounts as you will on the rifle itself. Why? Quality scopes will be beneficial when facing low-light shooting situations. For example, if you spot a large buck near last light with binoculars but are unable to view it in your scope. By using a high-quality scope, you will be able to increase viewing capacity with precise winding and elevation adjustments. Utilise this with some of the best deer blind options to make the most of your hunting.

• Purchase Quality Mounts And Rings

Despite the use of the best mounting systems, all professionals will lap the rings of scoped rifles. Lapping is a procedure that smoothes the high spots of the bottom rings down; thereby aligning or centering them with each of the other rings. A misaligned ring is detrimental because it will bend the forces on the scope tube. The forces can result in an excessive use of winding with elevation adjustments needed to bore sight in the scope. In this situation, the scope will need to be adjusted further away from its optical center; thereby distorting the picture and making it darker.

When faced with a distortion of scope, there can be a problem with accuracy and this is particularly prevalent when the scope is adjusted to its maximum range. To avoid this, it would be useful to purchase a lapping kit which costs approximately $35. Most of these kits come with precision steel lapping tubes, handles, lapping compounds and a set of instructions. The typical kit is simple to use and will take at most 20 minutes to lap a full set of rings. Kits can be located at the majority of target shooting supply houses.

• Snuggly Fix The Rifle Screws

It is essential that you check the rifle for any loose screws. A rifle is secured using bedding screws and these screws need to be tightened based on the manufacturer’s instructions to maintain accuracy. The specifications for tightening is different for each rifle and one must refer to the instruction manual to identify the correct amount of torque for each of the bedding screws.

• Cleaning The Rifle Barrel

The majority of “shot-out” hunting rifles often present with poor accuracy because they are not clean. In many cases, restoring accuracy to these rifles is as easy as completing a cleaning of the rifle barrel. Once you have ensured that the rifle is not loaded by removing the rifle bolt, review the muzzle of the rifle in clear light. If you see a large amount of copper, it is recommended that you clean the rifle thoroughly to regain accuracy. Accuracy in a rifle will decrease when powder residue and copper accumulates; therefore, it is advised that these elements are removed regularly.

The majority of hunters will purchase cheap gun-cleaning kits when purchasing their rifles because they are suitable for cleaning jobs. Of course, higher quality kits can improve accuracy more effectively; however, they are more expensive ranging between $125 and $150 in price. It is recommended that you buy a rifle-cleaning cradle as the cradle will hold the gun in place during the cleaning procedure. The typical cradle costs between $30 and $70. Furthermore, a cleaning rod guide, often available at $20, is a must-have purchase. This rod guide can prevent solvents from running into the chamber and trigger during cleaning.

• Breaking In The Rifle Barrel

The majority of hunting rifle barrels will not have been adequately broken in. This is a problem because it will minimize accuracy-reducing fouling. A poorly broken in rifle or rifle that has not been broken in at all will often foul out in less than 20 rounds. In fact, some of these rifles will foul out in less than five rounds.

Fouling out of a hunting rifle occurs when the barrel fouls out and accuracy is reduced. The breaking in procedure is simple, but it can take a great deal of time at the shooting range. To complete this process, it is recommended that you use inexpensive ammunition. The process begins with a clean barrel, then firing one shot and cleaning the barrel to prepare for another shot. When cleaning the barrel it is vital that all the copper is removed. This should become easier as more shots are fired and the copper fouling should be kept to a minimum.

Correctly breaking in a rifle barrel is essential for those who are shooting with hunting rifles and target rifles. As is mentioned, this step is necessary for optimizing the accuracy of the rifle and removing any worries that the rifle will foul out during the season.

• Checking The Trigger Pull And Action Fit

The trigger pull is one of the most significant aspects to consider when making an accurate shot. Having dealt with numerous types of hunting rifles, we have seen trigger pulls ranging from awful to very good. The worst type of hunting trigger is one with an excessive creep, meaning you are never sure when the trigger will break. In this situation, it is recommended that you contact a gunsmith to resolve the issue. A high-quality trigger job from a good gunsmith typically costs $100 with an adjustable trigger ranging in cost from $40 to $100.

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