Long Range Rifle – Journey to a Mile – Congrats to 2015, 2016 & 2017 graduates!
Don’t miss our Long Range Precision Rifle Training in Wyoming! We customize each course for your preferred time, distance / focus and budget. This post is to spark your imaginations and describes one sample course we provided.
Most of our training is performed on a private basis, please contact us with your goals and training needs & desires! Every so often, we offer a class to the public for as little as $3,000 for three days.
This class is not easy. We have used our decades of combined experience to condense 50 hours worth of instruction into a 3-day class. With a proper attitude, anyone can enjoy this long range precision rifle class and learn a great deal. Whether you are an experienced hunter or a novice shooter, you will grow in your skills. You should anticipate being exhausted, proud and exhilarated by graduation evening!
We anticipate everyone will hit a 1000-yard target by the end of day 2, and some will complete their journey to 1 mile on the 3rd day! We have designed this course to assist you in retaining the information you learn. We believe that what you remember in 6 months is much more important that what we tell you during the class.
We have all experienced classes in which 100 pieces of information are “taught” and a week later we have forgotten all of them. We believe it is better to follow Paredo’s Principle, so we examine the aspects of long range precision rifle shooting that make 80% of the difference and we focus on developing THOSE skills.
Long Range Rifle Training in Wyoming & Idaho – Journey to a Mile Group Classes – 3 days $2995
All NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR RENT!
Sample Itinerary (Which WILL change – Let’s roll with it) 🙂
Day 1 in Jackson Hole will focus on rifle fundamentals, how to properly clean the bore, introduction to minutes of angle (MOA), mil radians (MIL), zeroing your rifle/scope system and more. Instructors Shepard Humphries and/or Scott Austin will lead this day. Shepard’s teaching style is fun, welcoming and from a practical lay-person perspective. What is the best scope for long range precision rifle shooting?
Scott is an experienced hunter, long range shooter and reloader as well as our go-to guy with shooting optics questions. His style is quiet and helpful as he helps students with their journey to a mile. Either Scott or Andy Ward will lead a thorough session on properly cleaning and maintaining precision rifles.
Day 2 will build upon Day 1 and will include many drills, lectures and much focused practice. Our day will begin with instruction from instructors that might include Brian Prax and Bob Gathercole. Brian, a physical therapist in Jackson Hole, is also a competitive shooter and hunter, once taking an antelope with a head-shot at 1124 yards with his Lapua .338. A couple years ago he attempted his first 1-mile shots, with his first 2 shots making a 3-inch group. Brian competes in PRS matches around the country. Brian will provide insight on preparing to compete in PRS matches.
Bob competes in long range matches in the Western US, is ranked by the NRA as a High Master, is an avid hunter and experienced mountain man, once, 40 years ago in Canada while working a trapping line, shooting a charging grizzly bear that dropped just feet from him. In 2015 he was ranked #4 in Idaho in Long Range Shooting. Bob will discuss Natural Point of Aim, positional shooting and whatever else he thinks you should know.
Having both competed against and been mentored by David Crandall, Bob and Brian will prove a few hours of foundation knowledge to make the following day with Mr. Crandall more fruitful. Their focus will be on ranging, wind estimation and general long range marksmanship.The remainder of Day 2 will be led by Shepard Humphries and staff instructors. We will discuss interior, external and terminal ballistics as well as angles, wind and more. We will introduce field-craft familiarization from both tactical and hunting perspectives.
This day is sometimes in Rexburg Idaho with instructors Shepard Humphries and sometimes Elden Dalley & Kevin Kooda. We provide classroom instruction as well as actual range time shooting at 1,000 yards! Other times, this day is at a private ranch in the high desert of Western Wyoming. Topics will include reading wind, internal and exterior ballistics, ranging with a reticule, reading wind and much more.
Kevin is a natural teacher with an engineer’s mind and is able to explain complex topics in an understandable manner. Elden has been an active shooter for most of his VERY long life and loves hosting competitions and helping others learn.
Day 3 is in the field with Shepard Humphries and other instructors and is similar to Nomad Rifleman. We will learn to range targets from 500 to 2200 yards, estimate wind and then we will hit them or miss them, and learn from either!
Gear / Equipment List:
(If you do not have your own rifle and other gear for this long range precision rifle training in Wyoming, we have rental equipment available.
We are easy-going. This can be an expensive sport. Some shooters have arranged their life’s financial affairs to be able to afford a $10k rifle, a $5k scope, $6k range finder and so on.
Some of us are not in that position. Show up with a $700 Rem 700 .308 with a $900 scope and factory Federal Gold Match and you will be fine. Heck a Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor with a SWFA $300 scope will be just fine.
Show up with custom guns, hand loads, a high end scope and lots of expensive gear and this training in Wyoming will be easier for you, and when the guy with the $750 setup out-shoots you on some targets, he will feel more proud. 🙂 Bring what you have, and borrow the rest from us. Don’t have any gear or guns? Use ours. Contact us for more information about gear for our long range precision rifle training in Wyoming. Our goal is to share with you the joy and satisfaction of shooting long range!
Equipment for long range precision rifle training in Wyoming:
Rifle: Any center-fire rifle is acceptable, most popular will probably be the 7mm Mag, .260 Rem, .308 Win., 300WM and 6.5 Creedmoor . You may use any gun that is capable of reaching 1,000 yards. I have some friends that even shoot .223’s at 1,000, but having only a 223 will limit you on the final days. The truth is, a 1 mile shot is not a practical thing we will do often, and after we all “get it out of our system” we will get right back to “reasonable” shots 1,400 yards and closer. Having a quality bipod is strongly suggested.
Scope: You will benefit most from this course if you have a scope that can be used for ranging. Many long range shooters prefer a reticule that allows ranging to .1 mil or 1/4 MOA. Be certain that your scope had enough vertical adjustment for 1,000+ yards. (For example, my .308 has 74 MOA of drop at 1,200 yards. A scope with only 65 MOA vertical adjustment would not be enough because it’s likely zero at 100 yards would be centered at 32 MOA.)
Also, your scope should have a bubble level. Make sense? If not, no worries, contact me via email with any questions asap, and we will cover all this voodoo in class! 🙂 You might enjoy a great article about scopes HERE.
Ammunition: You may fire as few as 200 rounds, however you will have an opportunity to shoot much more if you choose to do so. Quality hand loads will be much more accurate than factory ammunition, and will be allowed in this class. You may use either, but we ask that you bring only one type of ammunition for the sake of consistency.
Happy sock: This rear shooting “squeeze bag” rest can either me made with a bag of rice in a sock or a professional grade bag can be purchased. We will have free material on hand for making additional squeeze bags.
Hearing protection: You are welcome to bring your own or use our electronic muffs at no additional cost.
Range Finder: Not necessary, but if you have a good one, please bring it. I suggest one that is actually capable of ranging bushes at over 1,000 yards. Most range finders are misleading on their labels, so buyer beware. If is says “1,000” you will be lucky to get 500 in the field. Don’t buy one just for this class if you don’t already have one. I don’t use a laser range finder much, but if you have $500, the Sig Kilo is a heck of a range finder! If you have $1500, get THIS one. If you have $3,300, THIS is a good choice. I have only used one range finder under $750 that has impressed me, the Sig Kilo 2000. If money is tight, skip it & use ours.
Eye protection: Any impact resistant glasses are acceptable, including prescription sun or regular glasses. You may use our safety glasses as no additional cost.
Weather / Wind Meter: Not necessary, but very helpful. This is a good one. A $25 used eBay Kestrel 1000 is also pretty OK until finances allow better. If money isn’t an issue, I suggest going crazy with THIS.
Clothing: It is Wyoming, Idaho and maybe Montana. Mornings could be as low as 10* F and afternoons as high as 85*. It might be pouring rain or a glorious sun might be beating down through our thin atmosphere. We will shoot. “If it ain’t rainin’: it ain’t trainin’.”
ATVs: If you have one, bring it. If not, you can do without or you can rent one. Let’s chat about the Nomad Rifleman style of shooting that is available.
*Due to the advanced nature of this class, the US Department of State requires us to only allow US Citizens to attend this long range precision rifle training in Wyoming. We apologize to our foreign clients that we can not allow you in this class. This is the best long range shooting class available in the US for civilians interested in shooting 1,000+ yards.
(Long Range Precision Rifle Training in Wyoming Class minimum 4 paid spots, class maximum 10 shooters.)
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We also provide affordable private long range precision rifle training in Wyoming at the Jackson Hole shooting range with distances out to 600 yards.