Helpful Tips in Increasing Acccuracy in Shooting your Rifle

Have you ever wanted to be able to hit a quarter from 300 yards with little effort? Well, I can’t guarantee that you will be able to do that, but you will get better. There are just a few tips that will make you much handier with any firearm. This is apart from buying the best scopes from today. So here we go!

The first tip is how you hold the firearm. It is important to keep your eyes in a straight line with the sights. This is especially important with a rifle or shotgun. If your eye is too far to the side of your sights, it will cause you to miss the shot. This most commonly occurs when trying to lean up against something that is at an awkward angle or too high or low. Sometimes it is better to take the shot standing up instead of compensating accuracy in an awkward stance.

“Relax, Breathe, Squeeze.” This is one of the many things that military snipers are told. It’s a simple phrase, and it’s very true. If you don’t relax before the shot, you will be tense and it is more likely that you will pull the shot off target. If you fail to control your breathing prior to the shot, you are likely to pull the shot as well. Controlled breath also includes holding your breath. Either inhale deeply and hold it, or exhale and hold it. I have found that exhaling works best. Marine snipers are taught to take three tactical breaths to ensure steadiness. So you have relaxed your muscles and you’re firmly focused on the target, you have controlled your breathing and you have taken your third breath, now it’s time to pull the trigger: Squeeze. This is commonly overlooked by rookie shooters. Their tendency is to pull the trigger sharply. This will almost always cause the shot to be pulled. The correct way is to squeeze the trigger. A slow steady squeeze will increase your accuracy greatly. But you must also remember to squeeze the trigger straight back. This seems trivial, but at long distances it can mean the difference between a hit and a miss.

The next thing to do to become a better shot is to understand your equipment. You must know the limits of your equipment, and its strengths. Knowledge of how far and fast your bullet will fly and how much it will drop is absolutely necessary. Knowing what your scope can do, like how much it can zoom in or out, makes long distance shots much more makeable. Different rifles have different specs, such as barrel length, inches of twist in the rifling in the barrel, overall length, weight, and caliber. All of these things go into shot accuracy, and must be taken into account. The last thing to consider is yourself. You are mostly limited by yourself when it comes to shooting. Figure out what you can and can’t do, then test your limits.

The last tip I will share is an uncommon tip to share, but has made me deadly accurate while hunting. It’s a simple phrase to remember, but it’s likely the most important. It goes like this, “Aim small, miss small.” Mel Gibson says this in the movie The Patriot to his sons. What it means is this: Aim for a small spot on the larger target so that if you miss the small spot, you still hit the target. On an animal this mean aim for a bone that protrudes or a dark spot on the fur. For a target shooter, this means a dent on a steel target, or make a small dot with a marker on the target. When shooting cans I like to take out certain parts of the letters.

All of the above things will make you a much better shot, and maybe give you the ability to take out the center of a quarter at 300 yards, or bang-flop that coyote at 500 yards. All in all, good luck, and happy hunting.