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Get Your Rifle Sighted in Today

If you’re a hunter, but not a hard-core target shooter, you should visit a range a few times before heading out to hunt next fall. It only makes sense to be prepared when you get a shot at an animal.

If you want valuable practice, use the bench rest to ensure your rifle is properly sighted in, then practice shooting from sitting and kneeling positions that you are more likely to use while hunting.

That’s harder to do in late summer and fall because the firing line is often full.

Because of busy family and work schedules, some hunters wait to sight in right down to the wire until it’s only a few days before opening day. I’ve been there and done that. I’ve even heard of some hunters trying to sight in their rifles at deer camp the day before opening day.

Believe me, it’s a lot better and reassuring to get some trigger time now. It’s good to be familiar with your rifle, and the only way to do that is with a lot of shooting.

I have a shooting bag with my ear and eye protection, targets, binoculars, spotting scope and the ammunition I will need. That way, if I get an impulse to go shooting, everything’s ready to go.

It’s fun to hit the range, and sighting in your rifle and target shooting is a fun sport.

I remember my dad used to tell me when he was in the Army he would only get three cartridges to sight in his rifle. Never forgot that story.

If Dad was looking down on me while I was at the range, he probably grinned and shook his head.

I probably could have done it with nine rounds, but I got carried away and shot a whole box. My rifle was shooting about 4 inches to the left and slightly high. I started dialing in the scope, shot by shot, and soon the rifle nailed the center of the target at 100 yards.

It’s a satisfying feeling to know the rifle is on target. Now there are no excuses for missing that shot in the fall.