Moving to a Magnum
The online training forum allows us to field questions directly from the members and respond. In this case the question came up about moving to a magnum caliber rifle, so here are some of our best practice recommendations.
Body position is key, you need to get straight back behind the rifle to allow recoil to move straight down the body and out the feet. We want a consistent, one can say, a standardized hand position. Recoil will look for the path of least resistence. It will exploit any weakness in your position. So, point the rifle to the target, then line the body up with the rifle. Once behind the rifle check the natural point of aim.
As shooters we key off of sound, that is one of the biggest factors of a flinch. We are reacting to the bang. So when moving to a magnum, especially one with a muzzle brake, consider using double ear plugs.
Manage the Round Count
We don't want to waste ammo with a magnum. Overheating the rifle is not recommended. So make each round count.
The Fundamentals of Marksmanship
It's all about the fundamentals, there is no escaping it. We need to set up the rifle correctly, check our natural point of aim, and make sure the trigger control and follow through is spot on.
Conditions in the Video
Here are the details of the rifle, ammo and conditions as found in this video:
Rifle: GAP 300 Norma Magnum in an AX Chassis
Scope: Vortex 4.5-27x GEN 2 Razor
Suppressor: AAC Ti 300SD
Ammo: McCourt Custom Load, 230gr Berger Hybrids
Muzzle Velocity: 2960fps
Accuracy Sub 1/2 MOA
Absolute Pressure: 25.32
Density Altitude: 7000ft