Long Range Shooting Tips

The first thing that will have an impact on your ability to shoot accurately is your position. There are several things you should factor in when choosing the right position for firing the gun. The first thing you will need is a position that you are stable in. the last thing you need is wobbling and the kickback from the gun resulting in recoil, which will affect the shot. This is why it is important to get into a stable and tight position.

When you are long range shooting, then lie down because that is the most stable position to shoot from. Lying down will lower center of gravity and provide added support, and this will result in less movement. The downside to lying on the ground is the fact that is not the most comfortable of position, and the next thing you will need to consider is your comfort.

To improve comfort, clear the area you are going to lay down to ensure there are no rocks or objects that cause discomfort. You can also add padding to the space if need be.

If you plan on moving once you get to a comfortable position, ensure you move the whole body and not just the gun or torso. When you move the whole body, you can distribute the weight instead of one part of your body having to take all the strain. Keeping the riffle stead and having a good position will do a lot to improve your long-range shooting.

Viewing Thru Scope

If you want to be 100% clear on your shoot, you need to use your scope, or else shadows and distortions are going to throw you off. You should have your scope perfectly calibrated.

Before going out to hunt or shoot for real, consider going to a range so you can have your scope zeroed in.

When doing this, make sure the circles are lining up perfectly. If the scope is not working right is off, then don’t expect the shot to be accurate.

According to IOutdoorPursuit, investing in a high quality long range scope is a good idea because it will go a long way in helping you with your long-range shooting. There is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to scopes. Choose a quality one and you will be able to see some improvement in your shooting.

Shot and Follow Through Perfection

This is the next thing that will improve your shooting.

It is a good idea is avoiding to add any movement to your gun when you pull the trigger or after you have shot. The right way of pulling the trigger is ensuring that you pull it straight back and in a smooth motion.

Use the center pad of the index finger when pulling the trigger, and ensure that the index finger and fingernail are in parallel with the trigger guard. This will make the motion be straight back.

Once you pull the trigger, there are several things you will need to keep in mind. One of the most important things to do is keeping your eyes open and not flinching or blinking. When you blink or flinch, it can result in your shot traveling astray.

Another thing you are going to memorize is where your crosshairs are when your shot breaks.

This information alongside refocusing on when the shot has hit the target is very vital. If you learn how to use this information, then you can expect to see some improvement in your shots.


Proper grip has a lot of effect on your shot because it helps in controlling recoil, and this is why you need to work on a proper grip. We had covered this when talking about position, but we will cover a little more on the grip.

The grip should not be too tight, but it shouldn’t be too loose either. If you want to properly hold the riffle, ensure it is firmly pressed against the stock with your head upright and not at an angle.

If your head is not upright, it will affect the view you get through the cope. When shooting long distances, try having an excellent ‘check weld’. The hand should be having a firm hold on your pistol grip, and you should have the thumb curled around it to provide safety. If you have the thumb beside the safety catch or along the bolt, then you are going to experience some pain if you are firing from a larger gun.


Breathing is the next thing to think about when shooting over a long distance. The best time to fire is after you inhale and before you exhale. Doing this will help in steadying you and the gun. Holding your breath is a must if you are shooting over a very long distance and you want it to be accurate.

The key to shooting over a long distance is to eliminate any movement in your body, and some of the best long-range shooters are those who can hold their breath when firing.

With the above tips, you can expect you long-shooting will improve.

About the Author

I'm Rodney Heaton and I love hunting in the wild. In the past, I was in the military for over 5 years. After that I became a licensed hunter and a mountain guide.