Long-Range Shooting School
The popularity of long-range hunting has exploded in the last few years. With this popularity comes the need for quality training to be able to ethically harvest animals at extended ranges. There are numerous long-range shooting schools around the country, but few offer a full weekend getaway with lodging and meals provided.
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The popularity of long-range hunting has exploded in the last few years. With this popularity comes the need for quality training to be able to ethically harvest animals at extended ranges. There are numerous long-range shooting schools around the country, but few offer a full weekend getaway with lodging and meals provided. By surfing the internet you will find many of the classes are becoming way too technical and the instructors are pumping unneeded information into their students. Long range shooting out to 1000 yards is not that difficult and can be mastered by most shooters. This course will keep it simple and impart the required knowledge needed for long range hunting. The instructors will chronograph the customer’s ammunition and assist them in creating a range card and ballistic profile that they can use for future hunts.
The initial training on the first morning can be done at the 100-yard range. Accurate 22s set up with long range scopes can be used to teach trigger and breath control along with scope adjustment.
The course would consist of ½ day classroom and 1.5 days of hands on instruction. Participants would arrive on Friday at noon and start the classroom portion after lunch and check in. The classroom portion would cover the following items.
- Firearms Safety
- Ethical considerations for harvesting game at extreme ranges.
- Equipment familiarization
- External Ballistics
- Minute of angle and MilRad explained.
- Range finding
- Use of ballistic calculators and Apps.
- Making of range cards and shooting logs.
Day 2 hands on training.
At 100-yard range
- Safety briefing
- Initial sight in of participant’s rifles and familiarization with their equipment.
- Proper breathing techniques and trigger pull.
- Shooting positions and use of rests.
- Scope adjustment using MOA and MilRad system.
- How to troubleshoot a rifle/scope that will not group or track properly.
- Chronograph participant’s ammunition for making a range card and initial input into ballistic program.
Ranges 200-1000 yards
- Firing at progressively further steel targets that are 2 MOA in size.
- At each distance the correct scope input values will be recorded, and a range card will be made for the customer.
- Observation of bullet trace will be explained and used to correct for missed targets.
- Range finding on unknown distance targets.
- How to read wind and the effect of terrain on wind.
- Effect of mirage on extreme distance targets.
- Shooting uphill/downhill
Several targets will be set out at distances unknown to the participants. The targets and firing locations will be similar to what will be found in an actual hunting scenario. The participants will have to use the skills they learned throughout the course to hit the targets. The participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Items needed by the participants.
- Rifle capable of 1” or less group at 100 yards
- Scope with externally adjustable windage and elevation knobs using MOA or MilRad adjustments.
- Bipod that swivels (Harris 6” to 9” S-series or equivalent)
- Adjustable sling
- Shooting mat or canvas tarp if desired
- 250 rounds of match grade ammunition (Preferably the ammunition that they plan to hunt with)
- Hearing and eye protection
- Rangefinder (optional)