Long Range Shooting Schools|Optics

When it comes to long range shooting gear, especially optics, there are numerous choices. How do you decide what is the best optics to go with. Outdoor Solutions Long Range Shooting Schools will help you not only decide what is the best optic but most importantly what the best optic for you will be. Of course the main thing to consider is what will the end use of your optic be for. Are you a competition shooter, a hunter, someone who just likes to spend time on the range? What about primary distances? Will you be focused on shooting just out to three hundred yards or will you extend your distance on out to five or six hundred yards? Some shooters will opt in for some more extreme distance of out to one mile or even further.

Once you make a decision on what your primary use will be you can start looking at some of your options like first focal plane as compared to second focal plane. By far there are more second focal plane rifle scopes as compared to first focal plane; probably the biggest factor is cost. You can expect to pay an additional thirty percent for a first focal plane optic over a second focal plane optic. More competition shooters and law enforcement/military snipers prefer the first focal plane, while more hunters seem to have more second focal plane optics. The optics used for our Outdoor Solutions Long Range Shooting Schools are all in second focal plane. We can discuss the main differences between the two in another post.

Another option with rifle optics is deciding which measuring system to go with. Most optics now are coming with an elevation dial with the adjustments being either in Minute Of Angle (MOA) or Mil-Radian (Mils) Again we are seeing more of the military and law enforcement preferring to use Mils where most of the hunters are utilizing minute of angle. Mils are broke down in tenths and minute of angle is most commonly broke down in quarters. For our classes we go with minute of angle, we feel on the front end it is a little easier to teach and makes the most sense for hunters. Of course once you learn either system they both make sense and have their place for use.

One of the other things to consider when choosing an optic is the type of reticle system you will want to use. We hear a good number of our students say “they do not like a busy reticle” and just prefer a straight duplex. While a straight duplex is for sure less cluttered, there are some huge disadvantages to not having measurement marks in your reticle system, especially when it comes to windage. If you need to hold a specific call for wind and are only using a straight duplex you will have no option other than a guess of how much wind to actually hold on your shot. There are several other options, including minute of angle just for wind, just for elevation or even both. Our preference is what is referred to as a Christmas tree reticle because of its shape. This particular reticle gives you plenty of options and can really help you get on target much quicker. This is the option we go with for the Outdoor Solutions long range shooting schools.

If you would like to learn more about long range shooting stay tuned to our blog on the Outdoor Solutions website or better yet, get signed up for one of our long range shooting schools at either our Texas location or our Utah location. We make the process very simple for you by providing the lodging, meals, and firearms from Weatherby, optics from Zeiss and even the ammo for our own range rifles. Students have the option to bring their own rifle as long as your optic has an elevation dial. You can call the Outdoor Solutions office for more details about the schools at 918 258 7817 or visit the website at www.outdoorsolutionscorp.com/long-range-schools

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