We get asked on a regular basis about shooting long range and what it takes. If possible we recommend “trying” someone else’s rifle and learning from an experienced shooter. If these options are not available to you, below are some pointers to steer you in the right direction.
1. Decide what distance you wish to shoot: a lot of ranges have limited distance... understand how far you think you want to shoot.
2. Choosing a caliber: based on the answer to question #1, choose a caliber. You do not need .338 lapua or 50 BMG to shoot 100 yards. Consider the cost of ammunition and the availability if you want to shoot often and not break the bank. Will you also hunt with the same rifle? If so this may change your caliber choice.
3. Ammunition: Different barrels like different weight projectiles. Experiment with a new gun to determine which projectile weight that particular barrel likes. Shooting cheep ammo will typically result in less than desired results. Check out our lineup of .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor.
4. Glass: One of the more controversial topics in long range shooting. Plan on spending at least 1-1.5X the cost of the rifle for glass. Of course you can spend much more than that, but it is dependent on how far you want to shoot with what clarity of glass. Research the differences between first focal plane and second before buying glass. This will avoid frustration on the range.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Safe and Happy Shooting