Whether it’s a clay pigeon or paper target, there’s a great feeling and satisfaction that comes with making a successful shot. At the range or out in the country, you can be an expert at sighting your scope and hitting precisely a bull’s eye every time. However, what about when you throw a rangefinder into the mix? Do you desire to be more than just an amateur shooter? If yes, then you’ll have to give yourself some variety as well as add some challenges into the mix.
You must take the road of an established and experienced target shooter by widely expanding your environment well past indoor range, into the unpredictable terrain where you become best friends with your rangefinder.
So how can you improve your target shooting skills today with the best hunting rangefinder? Here’s how … (or click to read more)
#1: Adjust the Director
A good number of modern long-range scopes usually feature diopter adjustment rings, which enable you to adjust the focal length of your scope to your eye. Doing so enables you to adjust the scope in such a way that the reticle is in close focus with your eye. Ultimately, you’ll be able to eliminate blurry and fuzzy images. Some scopes have a threaded eyepiece, which needs you to focus the reticle and lock the scope perfectly into position. Scopes with diopter rings need a twist of the wrist in order to bring the reticle image into crisp focus. Most of the scopes available enable you to adjust the diopter easily. Nonetheless, having it focused properly can make such a huge difference when it comes to accuracy, especially at extreme ranges.
#2: Avoid Parallax Problems
Parallax problems take place when the reticle and objective of your rangefinder aren’t in the same focal plane. This problem can really mess up your long-range shooting. If you are changing from utilizing conventional hunting scopes to long-range optics, you may be unfamiliar with parallax since most rifles have their parallax set at 150 or so yards. Under the most standard field conditions, a parallax error tends to be so tiny at moderate ranges that it can’t affect your shot placement significantly. Certainly, the same cannot be said for shooting at long ranges. With adjustable parallax scopes, you can be able to adjust your focus distance, bring the reticle and objective into the same place to drastically reduce parallax error
#3: Proper Breathing and Body Position
Long-range shooters usually seek to stable their rifles in a way that there’s minimal or no movement once the target comes into focus. What does this mean? It simply means that the body position when lying has little effect on a shot’s outcome. In reality, what is essential is consistent body position. Positioning your body well means that the spine remains parallel to the bore of your rifle. This goes miles in making sure that the recoil is handled properly. It also helps with follow-up shots when necessary since you push the gun straight back to the shoulder. This way, the muzzle moves straight up instead of right or left.
You should have your feet spread apart to help stabilize the shooter. Granted, trigger control is a learned skill. It really takes time to not only master the art but also eliminate the ‘’jerk.’’ Most experts discuss follow-through when shooting shotguns. Nevertheless, it’s highly important for long range shooting. Your stable shot comes at the ‘’bottom’ of a breath, close to the end of every exhale. You must learn to properly coordinate your body position, breathing and trigger pull. By doing that, it’ll be much easier to take perfect long-range shots.
#4: Understand your Scope
Presently, long-distance optics are highly advanced. Just buying a costly scope does not promise accurate shooting. You must know the exact scope to purchase as well as how to utilize it. For many years now, second-focal-plane scopes used to be the standard. This is not the case anymore. There’s a growing number of impressive first focal plane options. The FTP scopes feature reticles, which are mounted right in front of the magnification lens so that subtensions remain a constant across the entire magnification spectrum.
Do you prefer a scope with MRAD line or MOA or BDC reticle? Many optic companies currently provide custom turrets matched to your load and rifle, which is a really simple strategy for long range shooting. It is also highly important to choose a scope with turret with elevation to grab shots at long ranges as well as a zero-stop feature, which automatically resets the turret. That goes miles to simplify range adjustments. The best part is that these amazing features come in various scope models at various price points. Therefore, you need to make sure that you’re familiar with exactly what you want and also how to utilize your optic properly. Understanding your scope is key to improving your target shooting skills.
As We Wrap Up …
Whether experienced or a newbie, every experienced shooter desires to improve his or her shooting skills. When you take the patience and extra time required, there’s no doubt that you can drastically improve your skills with just small and simple steps. Most definitely, hitting the target’s center will boost your confidence. In fact, it does more than that – it gets you more excited about long-range shooting. The above are some of the ways you can improve your target shooting skills today with a rangefinder.