This one day intro to precision long range shooting clinic is a sample for those considering getting into long range shooting, or those just looking for a tune up. This is a fundamentals class covering the basics of ballistics, environmentals, optics and shooting. This course is designed around building the shooter, and is not weapon system dependant.
Long Range Clinic 1 Day
Rifle and Optic functionality and calibration
Developing D.O.P.E. for your Rifle
Understanding and reading Environmentals and how they affect bullet flight path
Reading Trace and calling follow up shots
Shooter / Spotter Communications
Rifle capable of 1 MOA accuracy with the ammunition used in class. Rifles need to be rugged, reliable and easily portable. Calibers should be .308 Win or similar. Other full size cartridges such as 6.5 Creedmore, .243 or even 30-06 are acceptable, but match grade ammunition can be difficult to find and may be a hand load proposition only. Heavy magnum calibers are prohibited due to the damage inflicted on the targets. They are also not favorable to the training environment due to the heavy recoil. A bipod, while not essential, will make shooting from most positions much easier. Harris Bipods are probably the most prevalent on the market. They are dependable, and relatively inexpensive.
Rifle Scopes must be suitable for long range precision. They should have target style turrets, well distinguished reticles metered in either MOA or MRAD measurements. Target knobs should be clearly marked and provide solid, consistent "clicks". Scopes also must have a usable magnification. Typically modern optics use a variable power in the 4x-16x, 6x-24x or 8x-32x ranges. All of these are suitable for our class. BDC reticles are frowned upon due to the fact that without calibrating to each individual rifle configuration and load developed specifically for that rifle, they are never exact. Scopes must be properly mounted to the rifle. Good quality scope rings and bases are a must. Scope rings should have a minimum of 4 screws per ring to ensure a secure mount.
A small pocket calculator
Rear Bag / Sand Bag These can either be made or purchased. Tab Gear, Armageddon Gear or FEHU Outdoors are your best sources for shooting bags.
Shooting Mat. This can be as simple as a piece of canvas, but having a mat to shoot from while prone will be more comfortable and help keep your equipment cleaner.
Camelbak or similar water carrier. We will be in the field for extended periods, having a way to carry water is essential. Your eyes are the first thing to suffer the effects of dehydration.
Ammunition carriers, a small camera, knee pads, sunscreen and bug spray are all things to consider.