Long-Range Precision Rifle Shots
Long-range precision rifle shots refer to the shooting of a rifle from long distances with extreme accuracy. Long-range shooters use specialized rifles that are capable of hitting targets at distances up to and beyond 1,000 yards.
They must also have exceptional skills in order to successfully hit their mark at these longer ranges, especially in unfavorable conditions. The shooter must understand the properties of wind, gravity, trajectory, bullet drop, and more in order to successfully land their shot on target.
Unfavorable conditions for rifle shooting
Unfavorable conditions for rifle shooting can significantly affect accuracy. In general, here are some of the most common unfavorable conditions and how to still make accurate shots under the circumstances:
1. High Wind
The first step when dealing with high wind is to properly estimate the speed and direction of the wind. This can be done using a handheld rangefinder or by using landmarks such as trees or buildings that allow you to get an approximate idea of how strong the wind is blowing at any given distance. Once you have an idea about the velocity and direction of the wind, it’s important to factor this into your aim.
When aiming in high wind, you should focus on leading your target rather than placing a stationary crosshair over the point of aim. This will allow you to take into account any drift that is caused by the wind and it can help improve accuracy.
Finally, it’s important to remember to keep your body stable when shooting with high winds. A steady platform will provide more consistency with your shots and reduce any wiggle that could be caused by gusts of wind or other factors. You may also want to consider using a bench rest setup or sandbag for additional stability
2. Rain/Humidity –
It is essential that you use quality waterproof gear when shooting in wet or humid conditions. You should make sure your gun and optics are well-protected with covers or cases to prevent any water damage.
The second factor to consider when shooting in rain/humidity is the ammunition you use. If you’re using lead bullets, they will become heavier when exposed to moisture and may not travel as far or accurately. Make sure to use ammunition that is designed for wet conditions, such as jacketed bullets.
Your shooting stance also needs to be adjusted when dealing with rain and humidity. You should try and keep your body as straight and rigid as possible in order to avoid water splashing up onto you. Additionally, be sure to adjust your grip on the gun so that it doesn’t slip out of your hands due to the moisture.
3. Extreme Temperatures –
For cold-weather shooting, it is important to keep your body and firearms warm by dressing appropriately and using insulated covers on your rifle and scopes. Additionally, you should clean the barrel of your firearm before hitting the range to prevent moisture build-up which could result in misfires or inaccuracy.
One of the best ways to prepare for shooting in hot weather is to practice under similar conditions as much as possible at short distances before moving on to long-range shots. This will help you get used to dealing with mirage effects, heat waves, and other environmental challenges associated with hotter temperatures. You should also use a spotting scope or binoculars when lining up your shots in order to reduce the amount of time spent behind the rifle, which can be uncomfortable in extreme heat.
Regardless of the temperature, remember to stay hydrated, dress appropriately, and take regular breaks to help you stay focused in these unfavorable conditions.
4. Unstable Surfaces –
When shooting on an uneven surface, it’s important to use equipment that is designed specifically for long-range applications. Ensure the rifle and scope are stable when mounted and that both have been properly calibrated for your environment. Consider investing in specialty bipods or tripods as well as other accessories such as topography maps or wind meters to give you an edge over other shooters.
You should also pay attention to your body position and take advantage of natural features. Make sure you are in a balanced stance that allows for easy movement and comfort. Use any natural features to your advantage such as rocks, foliage, trees, or fallen logs. These features can provide extra stability for your shooting platform and help prevent displacement due to environmental conditions.