Regardless of the type of rifle you use or what you’re hunting, here are a few tips to help you improve accuracy in the woods. Typically, it all comes down to how you grip the rifle. Are you taking a calculated approach or haphazardly trying whatever feels right? Let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals of gripping your rifle and how it can improve accuracy.
Support the rifle's weight properly.If your firing hand is supporting any of the weight of the rifle, your accuracy suffers. Test if your firing hand is supporting the weight by removing it while in firing position. If this disrupts your crosshairs, you're improperly supporting the rifle. Your firing hand should simply come to rest with enough force to properly engage the trigger.
Engage and isolate the trigger finger.Your trigger finger should be able to feel exactly what's happening with the trigger at any given moment. Isolate your trigger finger from the rest of your grip. The middle pad of your index finger should be resting on the trigger. Your index finger shouldn't be touching any other part of the rifle except the trigger.
To do this, bend your trigger finger's middle joint and leave the first joint straight. This may seem unnatural at first, but it becomes more comfortable with practice. This finger position facilitates proper aim. When pulling the trigger, the motion should be straight backwards. This helps keep your aim steady. Put the rest of your hand on the rifle after you've correctly placed the trigger finger, and use the trigger finger placement to determine the rest of the hand's position.
Decide thumb position.Thumb position is less vital than other positioning concerns. You should place your thumb either on the top or the side of the stock, wrapping it around the pistol grip or whatever feels comfortable. The first priority for thumb position is that the thumb doesn’t apply directional pressure. The position of the thumb should facilitate the trigger finger's isolation.
Apply proper pressure.Pressure application is situational. Traditionally, hunters have advocated pulling the rifle back into your shoulder. Instead, consider using the weight of your body to push back into the rifle. This often works better than the traditional method of pulling the rifle back into you because it works with your natural weight, not straining your muscles. Your body position dictates how you should apply pressure.
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