Gun range visits before hunting season become quite important.
Here are 7 tips to make sure your firearms are ready for that one all important shot this season.
1. Check you weapon’s zero
A well sighted-in rifle or handgun is extremely important. This is also the case when hunting with a shotgun using slugs. Every shot needs to be on target in a precise area for a humane kill.
2. Pattern your shotgun
You will need to determine what shotgun load serves you the best for your pursued game of choice. How far can your pattern kill reliably? Patterning your shotgun on a large sheet of paper at various distances will show you any holes in the patterns where your game may escape.
3. Check all screws and hardware on your weapon
A loose scope mount screw might throw off your hard earned shot. Also lost screws especially on older weapons might be hard to find replacements for. Make sure everything on your weapon is mounted tight and will stay that way.
4. Shoot various loads to see what your weapon likes the best
This is especially true with semi-automatic actions. A light powered load might not cycle your weapon. Test to make sure the loads group the tightest, also. Each firearm is different and will shoot a preferred ammunition better than other choices.
5. Keep it clean
Check to make sure your weapon fires correctly. Is there old grease in the action binding it? Was the barrel last cleaned during your grandfather’s last deer hunt 40 years ago? Better clean that weapon and make sure everything is there and works flawlessly.
6. Practice makes perfect
Sight that rifle in on a shooting range bench. After that stand up and shoot. Kneel and shoot. Sit and shoot. Lay prone and shoot. Fire in any safe position you may find yourself in while out hunting. Game usually does not wait until you get out your shooting range table and a sand bag.
7. Practice with the big calibers, but don’t over do it
This is especially the case with hard recoiling weapons. Sight in. Get some practice then possibly with lighter loads. If you fire a volume of heavy loads you just might develop a flinch that is hard to overcome. Recoil will not be felt when hunting. When shooting from a bench rest you certainly will get beat down pretty quick from the heavy recoiling weapons.