Circle of Components Seminar
Precision shooting is quite a bit more than what meets the eyes. Balancing the application of art and science, the components that go into the precision shooting system are critical pieces to the puzzle. Success in this world is measured by consistency with regard to the rifle, optic, and ammunition. Expanding on that a bit further we’ll discover that the shooter is the fourth and final component in the circle. The shooter is also the weakest link because we’re human beings.
We brought this course to fruition because over the years we’ve discovered that a significant amount of time in a basic or entry level precision rifle course is spent on ensuring that a student’s rifle was assembled properly, fasteners torqued to the proper specifications, the rifle scope was mounted in the correct position for the shooter’s eye relief, etc. The list goes on and on. Your time is valuable, and we understand that. We strive to develop curriculum that’s based on a systematic and common sense approach to communicating information. Setting up your rifle is a process, and if it’s not followed correctly you’ll end up chasing rabbits down dark and endless holes, spending hours on internet forums sifting through everyone’s two-cents on what they think you should do.
Let us coach you through the circle of components and show you how to lock down all the possible variables in your system. By the time you complete this training you’re going to have an in-depth understanding of your precision shooting system like you’ve never had before. You’ll know these components inside and out, and with that knowledge you’ll be able to troubleshoot eventual problems you’ll experience down the road on your own.
What you’ll learn:
- The Circle of Components
- Rifle/Stock assembly and torque values
- Rifle scope mounting procedures and torque values
- Torque value accuracy testing
- How to properly establish length of pull
- How to properly establish cheek piece height
- Setting optimal eye relief
- Properly leveling a rifle scope
- Installing scope levels
- Zeroing procedures
- Tall Target Testing and establishing turret values
- Ammunition accuracy testing
- Establishing muzzle velocity
- Trajectory validation
With this course being pretty much a start from scratch experience, you’ve probably got just about everything you’re going to need to attend. There’s a couple items that you’ll want to purchase if you don’t already have them, and they’ll be tools that you’re going to want to have in your range box. NOTHING in the tools section of the gear list is mandatory because we’ll have tools for you, but we highly encourage you to bring your own tools so that you know how to use them properly. It can be intimidating for someone to wrench on a $3,000 scope if they haven’t been coached through it, so call that a bonus! You’ll see links to the products we recommend. As always if you’ve got any questions feel free to hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org before you pull the trigger.
- A precision rifle capable of shooting at least 1 Minute of Angle groups at 100 yards.
- A scope mounting rail for your rifle’s action. (Please test the fit before you show up, and don’t take the advice of the guy behind the counter at your local sporting goods store either, you’ll be dead in the water if it doesn’t fit.)
- A set of scope rings sized appropriately for your scope, and of a height that the scope’s objective housing has sufficient clearance with the rifle barrel.)
- A magnified optic with exposed target style turrets. (Bring your manual!)
- A scope bubble level.
- 2x Magazines (If your rifle uses detachable magazines.)
- A bipod, capable of Left/Right cant adjustments.
- A rifle sling. (We recommend the Magpul MS1 Sling.)
- 100 Rounds of Match Ammunition (Please view our handload policy here.)
- Fix It Stix All-In-One Torque Driver Kit
- Wheeler Engineering Professional Reticle Leveling Kit
- Wheeler Engineering FAT Wrench
- Magnetospeed Chronograph V3 (This is one of those items that you don’t need to buy, but this is an essential tool if you’re going to progress in the world of precision shooting.)
- The Hornady 4 DOF Ballistic Solver application on your smartphone.
- Shooting mat (If you really need one….)
- Rear shooting support. (We recommend the Armageddon Gear Pint-Sized Gamechanger Bag)
- Rifle cleaning kit. (Watch this video here for what we recommend.)
- Notebook with a pen, pencil, and black sharpie marker.
- Daypack capable of hauling all your range gear. (We recommend the Stone Glacier Kiowa bag.)
Personal Sustainment Items There is no such thing as bad weather, only a poor choice in clothing…
- Clothing appropriate for the weather. (We recommend a merino wool hooded sun shirt, long baggy pants, and a floppy hat for hot weather.)
- Folding chair
- Water (Plan on consuming at least 1 gallon per day.)
- Food for lunch, and snacks if you need them.
Nice-To-Have’s (We have a lot of this gear available for shared/loaned use during the course.)
- Laser Rangefinder
- Spotting Scope
- Shooting Tripod