Position / Maintaining your Natural Point of Aim
This is a big problem with shooters who are new to moving targets. Maintaining their NPA. It really shows when they are engaging movers that are inside 200 yards or with movers with a wide track to move across. It’s important you adjust your body to maintain your NPA. In this lesson I will move from the extremes of the mover track to just shoot the targets on the ends. With this you can see how I move my entire body towards the target.
With a precision rifle, especially in the prone, the movement has to come from the shooter’s Core, his or her belt line. This helps minimize the urge to muscle the rifle on target. Muscling aside from negatively affecting the shot via your recoil response, also adds in an element of fatigue which is why accuracy will fall off as the day progresses. So getting into the habit of moving your entire body to line up the rifle with the target will help.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding movers, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s about understanding the ballistics of your and then lining up the reticle to compensate and following the fundamentals of marksmanship.
Rule of Thumb for Movers
I am not a big fan of rule of thumbs, there are usually too many variations when it comes to shooters, equipment and understanding to make rules of thumb effective. But I am gonna pass on this one for people to help them with movers.
Caveat: Understand this with any call or lead for a mover, it’s equally dependent on the shooter, the time prior to the bullet leaving the bore has just as big a factor so while Shooter A might use 1.5 Mils to hit a target, Shooter B might need 2 Mils to hit the same target. With this is mind it’s important to adjust when you see you have not hit the target. If you are not skilled enough to see your splash around the target, consider making an adjustment, either +/- 3/4 the width of the target. This will help you have a plan and potentially fix any errors you might have. Seeing your impact and adjusting is still the best method and very important with movers, but if you can’t see it, use the size of the target to your advantage and don’t be afraid to change that lead. Just because your buddy hit it 9 for 10 with 1.5 Mils doesn’t mean that is gonna work for you.
The Rule of Thumb, from 100 to 500 yards is roughly .5 Mils per 1 MPH.
So if the match director tells you the movers is going 2 MPH you would start off using 1 Mil for a lead. (Don’t forget the wind) If your reaction time is a bit slower you might have to increase that lead, if it’s faster or you’re using a speedier caliber try using a 1/4 Mil less. In this case, a ballistic computer will certainly help you, but remember that number is based on the instant the bullet leaves the bore. We still have to figure “us” into that equation.
If you can’t practice movers, at least it won’t be such a surprise when you come across one.
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