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Tips to improve 3 gun Rifle distance shooting

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As a friend pointed out once, you and your rifle are a system.  You obviously must breathe, pull the trigger etc... but the system is the scope, ammo, dope, shooter etc.  To develop the system it takes a little work to figure out the system.  Assuming you and the rifle are dialed in, the scope is integral to the system too.  What glass are you using?

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On 4/20/2019 at 8:10 PM, Broncos79 said:

I located an Appleseed course near my town in Arizona - thank you for the recommendation 

 

Good idea.  You may be amazed at what you learn and how much it helps.  I've seen guys who do regular CMP/high power shoots come to an Appleseed and tell me little things they learned, or relearned, that helped them improve their rifle shooting.

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Do you have a solid scope mount? If not, it could mean a wandering zero and endless frustration.

 

Assuming your optic is solid and properly zeroed, and your rifle is capable of 4MOA or better (military-grade accuracy), you probably aren't getting stable enough. There are lots of tricks to getting more stable, but they depend on the prop you are shooting off. You need to shoot with someone experienced who will mentor you - a lot of folks get into trouble by using the "monkey see, monkey do" method of position building.

 

I run the monthly multigun match up at Rio Salado (second Saturday morning each month, in Mesa, AZ). If you are able to come up and participate in our match, send me an IM and I will watch you shoot and offer some tips/tricks. I guarantee it will be worth the drive, and will save you a lot of $$$ on gear you don't need.

Edited by StealthyBlagga

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A good FF scope with a good reticle and getting actual dope for your setup/ammo.  Take good notes, write it on a little card and tape it to your scope, that should get you close depending on external factors.  I know for my 18 inch rifle zeroed POA/POI at 200 yds shooting 62 gr fed, I need to hold 1 mil for 300, 1.3 for 325, 1.5 for 350, 2 for 375, 2.3 for 400, 2.4 for 425, 2.5 for 450, etc.....and I got dope out to 775.  My buddy and I set up a small steel target, grabbed the rangefinder and walked back in 25 yard increments.

 

My other suggestion, is to go out with a buddy that shoots PRS matches and run his setup and help him offset the cost of the ammo.  Your long range game will improve dramatically, unfortunately you might find yourself sucked into the PRS life....

 

Believe the bullet,

 

JG

 

 

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On 4/20/2019 at 10:31 AM, Broncos79 said:

Hello All -

 

recently shot a couple of 3 gun matches and had a great time but struggled with the distance shots 200yds and 250 yds

 

any tips are appreciated 

Really don't know much more about what you're doing  or why you having trouble at targets that close. But I have found the best thing, is cardio. Just a thought. Zero at 25 you'll have much better outcome. I use a burris Mtac 1-4 with switchview lever.

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On 4/20/2019 at 8:55 AM, Broncos79 said:

Great tips - I did recently zero at 50 yds after my last match

 

This is what I found. I also did the 50yrd zero and found I was having difficulty at the 200-250yrd range. I finally got out to refine my zero at 200 yrds and found it was 2.5MOA high. Once i got a true 200yrd zero, everything else fell into place. I had very little trouble with the long range stuff at last weeks SMM3G match and this was shooting 55gr FMJ American Eagle ammo. 

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Great suggestion - thank you! I will give it a try at 200 yd zero 

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