The ability to take down a target at over 500 yards is an essential skill for big game hunting. Mastering the long shot takes a combination of the correct knowledge, the time to practice and the right gear. The good news is that almost anyone who is willing to put in the work can greatly increase his accuracy at long distances with these five tips:
1. The Right Rifle for You
The rifle you select should have the ability to create 5-inch groupings at 550 yards and deliver 1,500 ft.-lb. of energy to provide the power to take down large game with one well-placed shot.
2. The Ideal Optics
The best way to improve your accuracy is with the right scope. While quality optics are expensive, they are worth it – and necessary if you are serious about long-distance shooting. However, even with the best scope on the market, you still need to know how to use it in order to be an accurate shot.
3. The Correct Technique
Shooting at a longer distance requires different techniques than may have worked for you at shorter distances. The best way to learn is to find someone who not only knows what he is doing, but is able to identify what you need to do to improve as well.
4. Hours of Practice
Once you select your rifle and optics, now you have to put in the time to perfect your technique. For many hunters, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is simply finding a long-distance shooting range nearby. If you find a facility near you, make time to get out there as much as you can. Be sure practice shooting in a variety of weather and lighting conditions too.
5. Proper Firearm Ammunition
Without the right ammunition, nothing else matters. The good news is that factory-produced ammunition has greatly improved over the years. Talk to a retailer with experience in long-distance shooting like those at the Las Vegas Shooting Center.
Las Vegas Shooting Center offers everything you need to become an expert long-distance shooter. Practice at our range and get hands-on instruction and guidance every step of the way – you can even pick up a new rifle and ammunition in our retail store. Contact us today at 702-778-5872 to schedule your range time.