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LvsChant:
Good stuff, David. Thanks for sharing your progress!

Chemsoldier:
David;

Jeff Cooper's Art of the Rifle (a book) had a number of drills that are structured for the building the skill level of the centerfire rifle shooter.  I can't recall them but some of them are in this blog and are along the same lines.
http://artoftherifleblog.com/rifle-ten/2012/06/rifle-ten.html
http://artoftherifleblog.com/the-townsend-whelen-challenge
That blog itself appears to have some good material in it: http://artoftherifleblog.com/reference-section

A field and stream article with some rifle drills:
https://www.fieldandstream.com/eight-rifle-shooting-drills#page-4

I am glad to hear you are finding it rewarding.  I am working on getting a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle and will probably be working on my general rifle skills as well.

David in MN:

--- Quote from: Chemsoldier on August 15, 2018, 02:33:26 PM ---David;

Jeff Cooper's Art of the Rifle (a book) had a number of drills that are structured for the building the skill level of the centerfire rifle shooter.  I can't recall them but some of them are in this blog and are along the same lines.
http://artoftherifleblog.com/rifle-ten/2012/06/rifle-ten.html
http://artoftherifleblog.com/the-townsend-whelen-challenge
That blog itself appears to have some good material in it: http://artoftherifleblog.com/reference-section

A field and stream article with some rifle drills:
https://www.fieldandstream.com/eight-rifle-shooting-drills#page-4

I am glad to hear you are finding it rewarding.  I am working on getting a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle and will probably be working on my general rifle skills as well.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the drills, I actually am doing somewhat of a variant. I'm doing a lot of dry fire trigger control work at night after the family goes to bed. I've learned from my mentor that long range bolt action shooting is about trigger control, breathing, and a stable position. It's funny because I still do the pistol drill where I have a friend load mags with one dummy just to see how I anticipate recoil. Yup, every time. Like my pistol days these hours of dry fire and dummy round drills are what is taking me from rank amateur to hack. I like the drill of approaching the target. If I could get some alone time on the rifle range that one would push  me for holdovers and reloads.

If you get the Ruger Scout I strongly suspect you will fall in love. With a long eye relief scope you'll be hitting everything within 300 meters with almost no holdover and have the confidence of getting the gun into sight quick. And I don't think Cooper was wrong. These are rifles you could take hunting deer in the Midwest, knock down predators on the homestead (legally of course) and provide some real mayhem if Red Dawn happened. It is the "only one rifle" answer.

So when the Mrs. says "another rifle?" just tell her some nutty guy in Minnesota says it's a good buy. That always works, right?  ;)

David in MN:
I've just put in my order for a Savage 110 BA Stealth in .338 Lapua. Assuming no issues I should have it in a few weeks. It was actually this thread that tipped me over on the .338. From the research I did it was a hard choice between the .338 and 6.5 Creedmoor. Thanks to this thread I know I can rebuild the .338 to shoot the 6.5 so I'm really just buying the option to do either.

I'm also not worried about ammo cost. I'm averaging right around 7 shots when I take out my .308. Even at .338 costs I'd spend about $35 to shoot it. Not a big worry. And if I wanted to step down to the 6.5 it's an option.

Now I have to decide on glass. The two lead options right now:

Weaver 3-15x50
http://weaveroptics.com/optics/tactical/tactical_riflescopes/

Bushnell DMR II
https://www.bushnell.com/Products/Riflescopes/Elite-Tactical/DMRII-Pro-3-5-21x50/?sku=ET732150ED

It's a little terrifying that I'm going to build (rifle, glass, sling, bipod) a 20 lb $5k rifle made for long range hits but I'm hooked. It's wicked fun. And my brother in law has already called dibs to take it elk hunting.

David in MN:
Lucky Gunner did a pretty cool 10 minute video introducing "practical" rifle skills. Aligns well with stuff said here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtfmHKQmIoM

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