Advanced Precision Rifle
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The advanced precision rifle course is a natural extension
of the primary course. The time limits are shorter and the degree
of precision required increased. Expect to be challenged, as your
limitations as a precision rifle shooter are overcome. This is
the perfect class to use as a tune up for a major competition,
deployment to a hostile area, or a serious hunting expedition.
Day one begins with a thorough review
of the mathematics of trajectory and range estimation. The focus
becomes how to speed the range estimation process in order to engage
targets more quickly. This lecture is truly a masters class covering
the subtle nuances of precision marksmanship including “fast equations”,
bracketing targets, the reasons behind always returning your scope
to the 100 yard zero point and much more. The range sessions include
sharpening everyone up at the 100 yard line and then putting each
students scope through its paces to ensure that the adjustment increments
are precise, linear, and repeatable.
Every aspect of the student's equipment
and performance will receive Bill's scrutiny.
Day two starts off with a bang, one
bang to be precise. The first test of the day is a single cold bore
shot at a 2” target at 200 yards. It may sound simple, until you
have to do it. Did I return the scope to the 100-yard dope yesterday?
Did I slip my turrets based on the true statement I developed yesterday.
Do I have 200-yard dope that is sufficiently precise under these
conditions to strike such a demanding target? Did I clean the bore?
Did I leave any lubrication in the bore? The questions are endless
for such a simple exercise. Good stuff! Then all loads are chronographed
and trajectory charts printed for all students. The next range session
is an eye opener. True statements are developed from 200 to 1000
yards in 100-yard increments. Nothing is taken for granted.
The most useful tool in diagnosing
problems with marksmanship and/or equipment is most often the target
Day three is
held exclusively on the range. The drills included are:
- Speed drills 10 seconds in which to engage three targets
at 100 yards in increasing order of size 1”, 1.5”, and 2”.
- Know your limitations Engaging decreasingly sized targets,
any miss means failure. Five different sized targets starting
at 2”. The final target is .5” in diameter. Do not attempt a shot
at a target you are not confident that you can hit.
- Lateral moving target at 200 yards; Engaging 4” clay pigeons
at 1000 yards.
- Shooting straight down from an elevated platform.
Two hundred yards seems a long way when given only one cold bore shot to strike a 2” target, pass or fail.
Equipment – New, untested, or fresh from
the gunsmith weapons are not recommend. Any rifle capable of sub-one
inch groups at 100 yards with a good quality scope is acceptable.
We recommend purpose built precision rifles. The rifles by Accuracy
International are fine examples. We suggest high quality variable
scopes with sufficient vertical adjustment range to zero at 1000
yards. Night Force, Schmidt and Bender, and Zeiss are good examples.
A bi-pod is required. A sling is recommended. The most common caliber
used in the course is 308. Heavier calibers such as 300 Winchester
Magnum and 338 Lapua perform well. 223 is not recommended. Test
your rifle thoroughly and settle on an accurate load before arriving
for the class. Most shooting will be from the prone position so
a good shooting mat is strongly recommended. Sand bags, spotting
scope or binoculars, one-piece cleaning rod, chamber guide, cleaning
kit, gunsmith screwdriver set, notebook, and pens are also strongly
recommended. The course requires approximately 250 rounds of ammunition
The weather in north Texas can be extreme. The temperature in the
summer months can exceed 100 degrees. Dress in loose light colored
clothing and wear a wide brimmed hat. During the cooler months the
temperature can range from the low 90s to well below freezing. Be
prepared for anything. We suggest dressing in layers. We shoot rain-or-shine
so bring rain gear. Bring two pair of comfortable shoes in case
one is soaked by rain, mud, or sweat. Kneepads and shooting gloves
will contribute to your comfort. Eye and ear protection are required.
Suntan lotion, Ibuprofen, band-aides, first aide tape, and a lawn
chair are a good idea.