I am fortunate enough to have just returned from some long range, high-angle, high-wind shooting up in northern Idaho. This was an amazing week of shooting with Bryan Morgan of Hat Creek Training. Most of you reading this know that I usually prefer up close and personal blasting but I figured it was time to grow up and learn some new things. So, because of that, it was time to really delve into some long-range shooting. And this was exactly that. More of a plummet though!
The tip I wanted to share after this amazing experience has to do with zeroing your long guns. All of us that went used a flavor of .308s and .300 WINMAGs. No matter what we used, we all zeroed at 100 meters. After getting the best possible zero we moved into a 10x 1” dots drill. (Let me note that we did not slip our turrets just yet.) The first 5 dots were shot to confirm our zero and also help bring out any tendencies to shoot to one direction or another. For this, you shoot 1 dot and then get up from your rifle and take a couple minutes relaxing. You will do this for each of the first 5 dots. Shoot 1, get up for a couple minutes, then repeat.
After verifying your zero is good you can slip your turrets. Now, you repeat the exact same steps as above another 5 times. This will validate that nothing moved while getting your turrets set. The reason that you do this drill is that you will see most people/weapon system have a tendency to shoot in one direction. I could have a perfect zero and still almost always shoot the bottom right of the 1” dot. (Not sure but it might just be the way me and my rifle shoot as a complete system.) Also, the reason that you get up after each shot and have to reposition yourself behind the gun is to make sure that you are in a correct, repeatable position. If your shots are all scattered then you are not getting the same sight picture or eye to scope alignment each time.
A little downhill shooting.
Hopefully the future will see Mack getting a slow down from hocking firearms and some predictable connectivity for myself so that we can keep everyone in virtual reading material.