There are a number of common mistakes that people make when firing their rifles and most of them can have a dramatic effect on their accuracy. Once you have taken the time to learn more about some of these all too common mistakes, you will be able to correct them and improve the accuracy of your shooting significantly. Read on to see what common mistakes you should avoid.
Scope is Mounted Improperly
One of the most common mistakes beginning hunters/shooters make with a scoped rifle is not mounting the scope correctly. While it may seem easy and simple enough, you might be surprised as to just how common of a mistake this really is. There are a number of videos that you can find online that will teach you how to properly mount a scope on your rifle so you will know how to do in the future.
Inconsistent Shoulder Pressure
While it is true that there is no correct amount of shoulder pressure to apply when you are aiming and firing a rifle, it is important that you keep the pressure you put on it consistent through every small action and movement. Inconsistent shoulder pressure can easily have a negative effect on accuracy.
Lack of Follow Through
Follow through is a very important part of firing a rifle, and it is something that many people forget. Keep in mind that the shot is not finished until the bullet actually hits the target. Picture the trajectory of every bullet you fire and remember to stay in tune with the trigger until it returns to its original position. Also, remember to keep your head down and level with the stock.
Believe it or not, using the incorrect ammo in your rifle can easily result in a lack of accuracy with your shot. Make sure that you select the correct ammo so you can vastly improve your chances of hitting each target spot on. If you are using a factory rifle, you will want to test several different kinds to find out which one works best with your particular gun.
Poor Weather Conditions
The weather can also have a negative impact on your shooting accuracy, so you will need to keep that in mind. It is always ideal to shoot early in the morning on days that are calm with minimal wind, rain, and anything else that could mess up your shots.
Excessive Barrel Heat
Failing to allow the barrel of your rifle to cool after you take a shot can in fact decrease the accuracy of your shooting. While this is not true for all rifles, it is a good idea to try letting your barrel cool down for at least 30 seconds before firing the next shot if you are having problems with your accuracy but cannot figure out why.
It is extremely important to have a stable rest when testing your rifle so you can make sure there is nothing wrong with it. If you tend to shoot from the prone position, a stable bipod will work just fine.