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No Ammo, No Problem: Dry Practice Will Improve Shooting Skills

Overcome common big-game hunting mistakes without live ammo or going to the range.

No Ammo, No Problem: Dry Practice Will Improve Shooting Skills

A smooth and efficient gun mount will put the crosshair on the target faster, and it’s one aspect of field marksmanship that hunters should practice regularly. (Photo by Richard Mann)

I have talked with big-game guides all over the world, and one of the most common problems they see with clients is the inability to get the gun on the animal quickly.

Clients miss shot opportunities because they take too long to mount the rifle, acquire the animal in the scope and place the crosshair on the vital area. African professional hunter Geoffrey Wayland told me hunters often have the magnification of their riflescopes set too high.

Another common problem is gut-shot animals. This might seem odd because most big-game hunters understand where...

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