Make Every Shot Count!: Get the Most Out of Your Hunting Rifle Under Field Conditions

Make Every Shot Count!: Get the Most Out of Your Hunting Rifle Under Field Conditions

by Scott Olmsted

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Overview

Make Every Shot Count!: Get the Most Out of Your Hunting Rifle Under Field Conditions by Scott Olmsted

Scott Olmsted is a former Marine rifleman, NRA-certified rifle instructor, graduate of premier shooting schools, and the editor in chief of the NRA's American Hunter magazine, he knows his business . . . as well as being an expert marksman. In Make Every Shot Count!, he leverages all his personal knowledge and that of other experts to present an authoritative, seasoned approach aimed at making any hunter a better shooter. In addition to his descriptive writing, color photos depict the critical placement of a rifleman's feet, legs, shoulders, arms, hands, and head for making accurate shots on big game. Besides providing readers with the most effective visual examples of what to do and how to do it, these photos devote special emphasis to how your limbs can create maximum stability and the steadiest shooting platform for any shot. All the aspects of shooting a rifle quickly and accurately, under real-life hunting conditions, are covered in this well-researched and illustrated book that is sure to make all hunters better shooters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571573889
Publisher: Safari Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scott Olmsted resides in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I Before the Shot 1

Chapter 1 Know Your Gun 2

The Bolt-Action: Queen of the Field 3

Pick a Stick and Stick with It 7

The Lock 8

Controlled-Round-Feed vs. Push-Feed 8

Long-Action vs. Short-Action 13

Chambering 14

Trigger 16

The Stock 21

Material 21

Design 22

Fit 24

The Barrel 25

Taper and Length 26

Rifling 27

Chapter 2 Iron Sights: There When You Need Them 28

Principles at Work with Iron Sights 29

Fiber-Optic Sights 31

Buckhorn Sights 33

Express Sights 35

Peep Sights 37

Chapter 3 Riflescopes: Focus on What Counts 41

Brightness 45

Construction 50

Eye Relief 55

Reticles 56

See Clearly 62

How to Mount a Riflescope 64

Choosing Rings and Bases 64

Tools Needed 66

Eye Relief 66

Tips for a Level Scope 67

Focus 67

Riflescope Mounting in Ten Easy Steps 68

Field Note: Keep It Clean 74

Chapter 4 The Bullet: Where the Metal Meets the Meat 75

How Expanding Bullets Work 79

Barnes Triple-Shock X, Tipped Triple-Shock, and Banded Solid 87

Federal Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, Trophy Bonded Tip, and Trophy Bonded Sledgehammer 90

Hornady Interbond, GMX, DGX, DGS 92

Nosier Partition, Accubond, E-Tip, and Solid 94

Remington Core-Lokt Ultra 94

Swift A-Frame and Scirocco II 95

Winchester XP3 95

Part II On the Range 97

Chapter 5 Test-Fire 98

Safe Gun Handling 103

Stress Check 104

Function Check 106

Failure to Feed 106

Failure to Fire 107

Failure to Extract/Eject 107

Accuracy Woes 108

Lock 108

Stock 109

Barrel 110

Sighting Systems 111

Sling-Swivel Studs 112

Ammunition 112

Accessories 113

Field Note: How to Clean a Gun 115

Chapter 6 The Fundamentals of Marksmanship 116

Aiming 117

Dominant Eye 118

Sight Alignment 118

Sight Picture 120

Eye Relief 120

Front Sight 120

Natural Point of Aim 121

Breath Control 123

Trigger Control 123

Follow-Through 125

Shouldering the Rifle 126

Strong Side/Weak Side 126

Bone Support 126

Left Hand 127

Right Hand 127

Shoulder Pocket 127

Stock Weld 127

Field Note: Marine Corps Fundamentals 128

Chapter 7 Shooting Positions 129

Lie, Sit, Kneel, Stand 131

Prone 133

How to Get There 133

Advanced Tips 134

Sitting 135

How to Get There 136

Advanced Tips 137

Kneeling 138

How to Get There 138

Advanced Tips 139

Offhand 141

How to Get There 141

Advanced Tips 141

Chapter 8 Training Time 142

A Practical Rifle 142

Compact 142

Lightweight 143

Accurate 144

How to Zero a Rifle 144

Line of Sight 144

Point of Aim 145

Point of Impact 145

Bore Sighting 145

Zero 145

Sighting-In 145

Point-Blank Range 145

Midrange Trajectory 146

Maximum Effective Range 146

Practical Shooting 151

Rehearsal 153

Bolt Work 157

Reloads 157

Managing Recoil 159

Call Your Shots 160

Field Note: Take a Lesson from a Navy SEAL 161

Chapter 9 Long Range, the Wind, and Moving Targets 163

Exterior Ballistics 164

Air Resistance (Drag) 165

Ballistic Coefficient (BC) 165

Muzzle Velocity (MV) 165

Range 166

Trajectory 166

Gravity 166

Wind Deflection 166

Altitude 167

Temperature 168

Humidity 168

Light 169

Minute of Angle (MOA) 169

Kinetic Energy (KE) 169

Come-Ups 169

Dead-on Zero 170

Point-Blank Range 170

Two-Hundred-Yard Zero (Hunter's Zero) 170

Extreme Angles 173

Kinetic Energy (KE) 175

Formula for Kinetic Energy 175

Doping the Wind 177

Mirage 177

Sight 177

Formula for Wind Deflection 178

Constants for Popular Cartridges 178

Shortcuts 179

Dope Cards 179

BDC and Mil-Dot Reticles 180

Ballistics Programs 182

Electronic Tools 183

Moving Targets 184

Part III In the Field 187

Chapter 10 Field-Shooting Aids 188

Little Things Dad Didn't Teach You 188

Natural Rests 192

Artificial Rests 194

Slings 202

Field Note: Never Leave Your Sticks Behind 204

Chapter 11 Situational Awareness and Shot Placement 205

Movement to Contact 205

Search Techniques 213

Carrying the Rifle 217

Hand Carry 219

Armory Carry 219

Africa Carry 220

Frontier Carry 223

Suitcase Carry 223

Pistol-Grip Carry 224

Sling Carry 224

American Sling Carry 224

Mount 224

Dismount 225

African Sling Carry 225

Mount 226

Dismount 226

European Sling Carry 226

Mount 226

Dismount 228

Ready Positions 228

Low Ready 228

High Ready 228

Own the Shot 229

Recovery 232

From the Prone Position 233

From the Sitting Position 233

What a Bullet Does to Game 234

Shot Placement 235

Broadside 236

Quartering-On 236

Quartering-Away 237

Head-On 237

Going-Away 237

Chapter 12 The Big-Game Battery 238

Velocity vs. Frontal Area 238

.243 Winchester 241

.30-06 Springfield 241

.270 Winchester 242

.280 Remington 243

.308 Winchester 243

.30 TC 244

7mm Remington Magnum 245

.300 Weatherby Magnum 245

.300 Winchester Magnum 245

.300 Remington Ultra Magnum 246

.300 Winchester Short Magnum 246

.300 Ruger Compact Magnum 247

.338 Winchester Magnum 247

.338 Federal 247

.338 Ruger Compact Magnum 248

.375 H&H Magnum 248

.378 Weatherby Magnum 249

.375 Weatherby Magnum 249

.375 Ruger 249

.416 Rigby 251

.416 Remington Magnum 251

.458 Winchester Magnum 251

.458 Lott 252

Chapter 13 Afterword 253

About the NRA 253

About SAAM 254

About GUNSITE 256

A Hunter's Library 257

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