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Tips for Long Range Shooting

Long range shooting is becoming more popular. The summer months are the perfect time to get to the range and practice.

Becoming a great shot is not something that happens overnight. It takes practice and repeating the same exact actions shot after shot (muscle memory). When you first start shooting with proper form, chances are you will have a checklist in your head that you will want to run down before EVERY shot. I know I do! Eventually, you will become comfortable with each step and will be doing them without having to think about it.
Tips for Long Range Shooting

Here are a few fundamentals to get you on your way to improving your accuracy.


1.) Breathing - make sure your breathing is relaxed and stop breathing when it is comfortable for you - when you stop your breathe this is when you will shoot.


2.) Grip - grip with pressure in the shoulder if you are shooting at an uphill angle.


3.) Body Position - you want to be in a position where you are stacked behind your gun. This will help to control movement and allow you to spot the shot and place your follow up shot if needed. 



4.) Trigger Control - apply smooth, even pressure throughout the trigger pull. You can avoid slapping the trigger by holding it to the rear after firing. 


5.) Dry Firing - the tendency to flinch is common with new shooters and shooters that don’t get to the range on a regular basis. A great way to practice is to dry fire before shooting live ammunition. Dry firing promotes muscle memory and follow through without worrying about the recoil or noise of the shot.


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These a just a few of the items that I think about before each shot. What do you think about? Let me know by commenting below and be sure to follow Winchester’s social media channels for more hunting and shooting tips and updates on Winchester supported events and promotions on FacebookYouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler grew up on a large dairy farm in Western New York and continues to reside there today. This setting has shaped her love of the outdoors and is how she developed a passion which drives her to spend as much time hunting and fishing as possible. For her, hunting is not about the kill, it is about the experience, the memories, the moments and having fun. Her most memorable adventures take place not only in the woods but also around the grill. Nikki thoroughly enjoys her role as co-host of Winchester Life.