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Old February 2, 2018, 10:27 AM   #2
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Ive been shooting about 16 years - started out with .22 4 position competition in high school which is typically iron sights. I personally enjoy irons more than optics. I also think you’re on the right track starting with them. Since a scope of course give you a zoomed view, it can make you feel like you’re bouncing around even more than you are which can throw off your concentration until you’re used to it.

Zeroing the rifle is important, but the main thing to look for is consistency. If you’ve got a tight group that’s way out to the left, you know you’re doing well. Sights can be adjusted.

Greatness takes time so don’t get discouraged. You’ll get there with practice. Next time you’re at the range think about these items:

Follow through: after you pull the trigger, stay in position - cheek weld, trigger finger, breathing,etc. you’re not going to change the bullet’s flight path after its left the barrel, but following through can help ensure you don’t move or jerk anything while firing.

Breathing and Muscles: generally you want your body loose, and equipment tight. If you stop and really focus on your body when you’re lining up a shot you’ll notice some things; you’ll feel your pulse and see how it pushes your sight picture around. You’ll feel how tensed muscles can add a little shake. You’ll notice how your breathing (holding too much air, or even too little) can affect things as well. Over time you’ll work out ways to control that stuff, and concentrate on relaxing each thing. You want your equipment to work for you. Instead of keeping things in place by muscling it, keep your sling tight if you use one. Get a stock that works for you, not the other way around. Note that since you’re just starting out I’m not saying you need to run out and spend a bunch on fancy new equipment. Just things to consider.

Finally, it always helps to have someone who knows what they’re doing there in person with you. If you can find NRA instruction near you that’s always good. Competitions of the type of shooting you’re interested in usually have people around who are happy to give pointers. You’ll see people mention Appleseed events (appleseedinfo.org). Local ranges may sometimes have events as well.

Best of luck to you!
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