Sniper's Hide Online Training Lesson, Moving to a Magnum

Question came up in the Online Training Forum, what are the best practices when it comes to moving from a Short Action to a Magnum Caliber Rifle

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 

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.  

Sound Mitigation 

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 

SD: 9 

Accuracy Sub 1/2 MOA 

Absolute Pressure: 25.32

Temp: 75 

Humidity: 30% 

Density Altitude: 7000ft 

Sniper's Hide

As you can see in the video, even with a magnum caliber rifle, suppressor or not, the movement on rifle is very small. It's all about recoil management. That tells the rifle where the barrel will be when it releases the shot.