5 Common Rifle Shooting Mistakes

Rifle shooting mistakes range from not mounting the gun properly to poor execution. Before you allow your errors to frustrate you out of a trip to the shooting range take a deep breath. Adopt an analytical approach to shooting. Sure you need to feel your way into your shooting comfort zone but breaking down each step of the process helps you pinpoint any mistakes. Be honest with yourself. If you’re flubbing up the only way to correct the error is to be truthful in identifying the gaffe.

Consistency reigns supreme in the rifle game so get your routine down pat and error free to dramatically improve your accuracy.

Keep an eye out for these common rifle shooting mistakes.

Scope Not Mounted Properly

You may think you’re mounting a rifle scope effectively but there’s a shot that you’re mistaken. Check out authority shooting sites and videos online to find accurate tutorials explaining how to position the scope. Don’t cheap out on rings and bases. Invest in premium hardware to form a solid foundation for your shooting. Level the scope properly and line up the rifle with a vise to shoot straight. Make sure to tighten screws with a torque wrench to shoot with the manufacturer’s specs in mind.

Poor Conditions

One glaring mistake made by many shooters is firing in poor conditions. Stay away from shooting on hot days. Heat waves can create a confusing mirage effect. Even the greatest dead eye can’t overcome illusions. Pick a cool weather day to minimize the chances of running into the illusion issue. Head to the range on calm weather days bright and early in the morning.

Poor Trigger Pull

If you’re doing the trigger pull right you won’t be pulling on the trigger. Visualize the action as more of a press to effectively shoot. Don’t disturb the sight picture as you press the trigger straight to the rear. Practice regularly; no skilled shooter became a dead eye without plenty of practice. Pick up the slack properly. At the precise moment you want to shoot you can then break the trigger at the right time. Envision having a scant amount of external influence on the gun.

The 2 F’s Are Lacking

Focus and follow-through are integral parts of any good shot. Skilled shooters practice focusing on the process and follow through every time that they shoot. See each bullet hitting the bull’s-eye in your mind. Visualizing the end in mind helps you condition yourself to hit the target more regularly. Feel the trigger and focus on it until the moment it breaks. Make sure to keep your head down throughout the shot. Be disciplined. Work on your form regularly to improve your focus and to follow through on each shot.

Spend time shooting without using an actual rifle. Visualize yourself hitting the bull’s-eye repeatedly. If you make the perfect shot enough times you’ll condition your subconscious mind to use the proper form each time you shoot a rifle.

Not Picking the Right Ammunition

What you shoot means as much as how you shoot. Use the proper ammunition to shoot effectively. Test a few loads. Which feels right to you? You’ll know what performs best in your gun by experimenting with different ammo. Find ammunition online or visit your local sporting goods store to identify the right ammo for your rifle.