The well-researched gaps by U.S. and allied snipers in Iraq and Afghanistan have rekindled public attention to long-range targeting and precision shooting, along with hunters’ traditional frustration with animals often untouchable by mountain canyons or receptive open expanses. To do this, hunters must have two things: shooting skills and proper equipment. The scopes and other accessories are important for shooting.
It’s not enough to have average marksmanship: place a bullet in an eight-inch diameter ring (the significant point in most big game hunting) at only two hundred yards or less with a success rate of one percent or more. An ethical long-range hunter should operate at five hundred or perhaps one thousand yards. The shooter should estimate the range to be within twenty-five yards and the wind speed to be less than five miles per hour.
Long-distance shooters must control their body movements. They must push the exact cause of the pause between breaths and heartbeat with flawless, repeatable smoothness. A long-range shooter must be trained as a military sniper and must practice, practice, practice. They should also acquire the equipment listed below for long-range shooting:
The typical mass-produced sporting rifle is not up to this particular effort, and they are too soft to aim consistently in high winds, so their barrels bend badly, plus the stocks are often not well fitted. A superb long rifle consists of a thick, stiff barrel and a large, well-fitting stock. Most Sporter rifles are lucky to maintain 2 MOA; therefore, their strong range is limited to 400 yards at most. Equally important is what the rifle stands on. It must be rock solid; at a minimum, a bipod with a sandbag under the stock or perhaps a full shooting saddle.
Range Finders and Optics
A long-range hunter needs a laser rangefinder that is reliable to a few thousand yards or more. With this tip, long-range shooting is impossible. Long-range scopes are incredibly different from dividers intended for ordinary searching. Without them, the final estimate is difficult. It also helps to have a second trained person operating the scope to estimate the end, locate targets and determine where the shots are coming from.
This information is fed into an electronic ballistics calculator that tells the shooter how best to adjust his scope for most nearby terrain. An anemometer is not a replacement for the scope as it only measures the end at the shooter’s position, not the distance to the target.
Priced low, generic compost is not made for long-range hunting. Stock ammunition usually has wide speed variations and uses bullets with moderate ballistic coefficients. Long-range shooters must fill their specialty ammunition with high ballistic coefficient bullets with exacting tolerances and customize the load for their specific rifle. Caliber selection is critical, so a hunter shooting at long range needs a cartridge that provides that performance or more at the range, and this usually means a high-powered magnum.