50 Tips For Using A Deer Hunting Rifle:All You Need To Know
Type Of Gun You Should Use
1.The rifle is the most suitable firearm for deer hunting for its long range, high accuracy and high power.
2.The longer the barrel, the more accurate the shot. The lighter and more streamlined the rifle bullets are, the further and faster they go.
3.Centerfire rifle calibers under .229 and rimfire rifle calibers below .22 are banned in most US states.
4. The most popular rifle calibers for deer hunting are .243, .270. .303, .308, 6.5x55mm, .25-06, .30-30 and .30-06.
5. Do not afraid to try an overkill thing like .338 or 7 mm magnum, because it would dispatch the deer much faster and leave a good blood trace.
6. If rifles are banned in your area, a rifled choke tube or a rifled barrel shotgun would be a good substitute.
8. Muzzleloader must have round caliber larger than .45 with the .50 caliber is the most popular.
9. Choose a semi-automatic, lever-action, pump-action rifle or a shotgun with buckshot in thick woods range within the range of 100 yards, for its fast action and heavily finish.
10.In the open area which can range up to 200 yards or more, the bolt action rifle with lighter bullet and higher velocity can be sufficiently accurate.
11.Take care of your firearm, make sure it’s in good condition and works properly.
12. Know your rifle well, how to load, unload, operate it. Practice to harmonize with it.
13. Do not shoot on the hard surface (including water). The bullet will likely bounce off and move in unpredictable directions, which is quite dangerous.
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14. There are basically four shooting positions: prone, sitting, kneeling and standing. Prone is the most stable and standing is the quickest and the most difficult position.
15. If you are standing and do not have support, use the sling to support your rifle. Wrap it around non-firing armor clutch near the forend and pull it back.
16. The butt of the rifle is in the shoulder’s pocket could help to lessen the recoil effect and maintain a comfortable position.
17. If your shoulder hurts after firing, then you should choose a shorter end rifle. If the recoil makes the scope harmful to your eyes, it means you need a longer stock rifle.
18. Use your pack, sandbag, logs or natural branches to support your rifle. Do not use the hard surface like rock surface, for the rifle will bounce off and the shot will hit higher.
19. If you use a bipod or tripod, set it on a soft earth, or better, a sandbag to keep it more steady.
20. In still hunting, always hold your firearm in hands, you will be unable to take it off your shoulder in the present of a deer.
21. Of all types, the peep sight is the fastest and most accurate at a short range, the scope is for the young and who can not clearly see the distant target and is best for a long range.
22. Plex scope is better than crosshair and is the most suitable for deer hunting.
23. Learn to use the mil-dot scope reticle to make your shooting accurate.
24. Zero your scope before use.
25. Set the magnification scope at 4X for most common shooting distances are about 100 yards.
How To Shooting Deer
26. Move your head back and forth to receive a clear image looking through the scope (without shadow on the edge)
27. Adjust your head so that you can see the target in the center of the reticle
28. If you use a handgun or shotgun with open sights, aligns the sights so that the front sight is in the center of the rear sight’s notch (or aperture).
29. Focus on the front sight, not the target and quickly see back and forth to bring the front sight right in the center of the target.
30. You should aim with both your eyes open for faster reaction and better vision. It needs a little practice.
32. Master your range estimation. You can use a range finder to help perfect your work.
33. Adjust to the range. Know exactly your bullet trajectory, how it will drop at various. If you redo your gun at 25 feet, it will be a bit higher when shooting from 200 feet.
34. Observe the object reaction to estimate the speed of the wind or use an electronic wind gauge.
35. Analyze the terrain and predict how it will affect the wind all the way down to the target.
36. If the wind changes all the times, fire your gun the wind around you subsides down, for its effects on the bullet will be highest at the moment the bullet leave your barrel.
37. Compensate for the wind effect. For example, at a distance of 100 yards, with the muzzle velocity of 2600fps, a .308 bullet will deviate 1 inch from the target by the 10mph wind (the wind that raises the dust).
38. Compensate for the uphill/downhill effect. For example, when shooting uphill 450 at 400 yards with a .223 bullet weight 69 gr, the bullet will go up 10,63 inches. You can practice to master this compensation.
39. Only shoot when you are sure that there is nobody might in your range.
40. Do not rush to shoot. Wait for the deer to comes closer, ready to fire your gun, prepare your body so that the gun point at the target naturally.
41. Do not raise your gun too early, keeping it steady will tire your arm and it will begin shaking. Only aim when you are about to pressing the trigger.
42. Pick an exact spot to aim at instead of an entire body.
43. Aim at the zone around the middle of the foreleg if you face the deer broadside. The bullet will hit the vital zone of the lungs and the heart.
44. If the deer are coming towards you within a short range, you can aim either its neck or brisket area. Never try its head, for this is the smallest and most animated part.
45. If you shoot from behind the deer, make sure you can make it through the lungs or better the heart, not in the gut area.
46. If you shoot it in the stomach, the deer will run miles away before dying and a large part of the meat will be spoiled.
47. You’ll likely miss when you are nervous. Do not fear the recoil. Just relax and go along with it.
48. Trigger control. Take a deep breath, slowly exhale and fire your gun in the middle of it. Gently apply pressure on the trigger, do not pull it hard.
49. Keep your finger staying on the trigger after firing for a moment, for the bullet will need time to be completely out of the muzzle.
50. Finally, do not anticipate the result. Let the shoot be a surprise for you every time you do it.