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I need some basic shooting tips for better grouping. Im shooting weatherby factory rounds. I also need some advice on shooting moving targets like deer at 100 yards plus. I have had problems in the past and taken the deer but got lucky with gut shots etc.

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Do you practice on a bench, then hunt from a stand? 

What rifle and scope combo are you using?


The best way to improve grouping is to practice. How often do you shoot?


If you group well on targets, but are having trouble in the field, you might try walking out to that 100 yard target, then jogging back to the bench and giving yourself about 10 seconds to take a shot once you get behind the rifle. 

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I shoot a 257 wetherby mag . this year im will have a accupoint 2.5 x10x56 illuminated green triangle. I shoot off a table alot with a sled . I shoot ok there and in the field , but i feel like I used to be better. I only shoot a little before season and then during season I hunt deer especially since the rounds are so much. I just here of much better groups than mine at 200. I shoot a 110 grain accubond and was thinking about buy some reloads and see if that tightens it up some. Im not terrible I just want to do better. I have squeeze on 13 deer with this rifle and harvested all 10. I just want ll heart shots. Some werent.

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Well you've got good gear and I hear ya on cost of ammo. You ever give any thought to buying a .22 mag or .17 hmr bolt gun and moving your optics over to it "or if you can afford it using the exact same optics on it" during the rest of the year? Would enable you to get more range time in, and keep you familiar with your optics. I bought a .22 mag and mounted the same scope I use on my .308 and the result was me shooting more and doing a better job behind the .308 when hunting season came along. I've never felt the recoil shooting at an animal, so just having the same exact sight picture was a huge help. 
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that a great idea, unfortunatley my deer season with a rifle starts in a few weeks.
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here are some other tips that you could use to make sure you become a more effective shooter. Tip #1. You can do this at your house. Get behind your weapon and make sure you get your cheek/stock equation right. Locate a item, doesnt have to be a paper target or anything in particular, just very still. Once you have this item locked in your crosshairs/reticles, close your eyes and pick your cheek up off your weapon, and then place it back onto the stock, then open your eyes. If your sight picture has changed, you've moved to another cheek/stock location. The idea is to make sure that its the same spot every single time. This will ensure that your weapon is in the exact spot every single time. Tip #2. Use the meaty part of your index for the trigger pull. This will decrease jerk of the trigger. Once mastered, try going to less finger. Tip#3. While shooting. your breathing is mapped like a sideways S with your lungs full at the top, and empty at the bottom. What you are trying to do here is make sure to set a pattern to shoot, either at the top of your breath, or after a full exhale. At either change, make sure you hold for a short second. Your body will be still for a very short time before starting to shake from lack of oxygen. This is another thing you can do while doing tip #1.  I choose at the bottom of my breath, because your less like to shake after exhale than inhale. Just make sure to stay consistant, like pulling at the top of your breath, or bottom, every time. Just wait a full breath in between shots, so that your not hurried. Try these few things, and see if you don't start grouping better!
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appreciate the feedback.
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+1 on the three tips.
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Not sure on the caliber you are shooting, but if Weatherby is involved it probably has a pretty stout recoil. Get a 22 and shoot lots! You might not be aware of a flinch that has developed. This not saying it has or that you can't hang, or any of that. It happens on the the thumpers. To just about everyone. Get a 22 and it will show it self in the first couple of shots...Or it won't. Either way it allows you to practice the fundamentals very inexpensively.
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Uh, this thread is a bit old (Oct. 2010). Hopefully, the poster isn't gut shooting running deer any longer.
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Best advice I can give is not to shoot when they are moving.   A lot of time if you whistle once a deer will stop if trotting along.   Better to pass up a moving animal if you are not confident you can kill it clean than poke and hope and end up wounding or even loosing it.
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