While N.E.T.T. is primarily a private gun club, we will be leasing the range for CHL classes and some private firearms instruction. For information on leasing the range for classes of your own please contact us.
Don't think you can pass the qualifier?
Long range shooting is a lot of fun but not everyone has had the luxury of getting professional training to shoot out to 1000 yards and beyond. NETT will host some intro to precision rifle classes that will cover the VERY basics of long-range shooting for those who want to join but may not be confident in their abilities. The short 3-hour course will cover everything you need to know to start shooting at distance. Classroom, Confirm Zero, Gather DOPE and Qualify. At the end of the course, shooters will demonstrate what they have learned by shooting and passing the qualifier. Shooters can then spend the rest of the day ringing steel on their own.
This is not the same as a 3-5 day Precision Rifle course and you will not learn everything there is to know about long range shooting, but it will get you qualified to shoot on the range safely so you can practice and build on your skill set.
Intro to Precision Rifle: $150
Includes 3 hours of training, qualifying for the long range and the daily range fee.
Date:Call for dates
Round count: 40 rounds, more if you want to stay and shoot afterward.
-Rifle capable of 1" groups (or better) at 100 yds.
-Adjustable scope with marked (tactical) style uncovered turrets or ballistic compensating reticle such as the Horus, Vortex EBR, Mil Dot or similar.
-Bipod or front bag/rest
-Rear bag or sand sock
-PDA with Ballistic solver or Phone capable of running Android or iphone Apps. (Applied Ballistics is the preferred app) The cheap or free apps give cheap results. $30 on a quality app will save you $100s in ammo. It pays for itself on day 1.
-Eye Pro / Ear Pro
-40+ rounds of quality ammunition. 40 rounds is the bare minimum if you are already zeroed. If you are not zeroed or if you want to stay afterwards and bang some steel on your own, I would recommend bringing 100-200 rds. Spotting and additional help will be available to you.
When the class dates are posted on the Calendar email me in the "contact us" page and we will save you a seat.
Some notes on your gear prior to arriving
Building a long range rifle is a deliberate process. No one accidentally builds a precision rifle with a purpose-driven optic. There are some key items you need to take into account; three of them being the scope, rings and scope base.
The scope base needs to be a picatinny rail with some elevation built into it. If you are on a budget, EGW makes 20 and 30 MOA bases for Rem 700 style receivers for around $45-60. The 20 MOA base is usually plenty for reaching out to 1000yds. However, if you are running a relatively slow round like the .308 you may need the 30 or 40 MOA bases if you want to stretch out to 1500 yds. Nightforce makes a 40 MOA base for around $115 but you need to make sure there is 40 MOA travel at the bottom of your scope when it is zeroed on a flat base. Most reputable scopes have 40 MOA of travel on the bottom end to be able to use the 40 MOA base. Be aware though, your windage adjustments will be severely limited when a scope is bottomed out. A safe bet is a 20 MOA base utilized in conjunction with a holdover type of reticle. Once you reach the mechanical limits of the turrets, you still have another 10-20 mils holdover in the reticle.
By using an elevated base you are able to zero your rifle at the lower end of the travel range for that scope; this means you have more travel on the top end to engage targets at further distances.
The amount of travel in a scope is usually limited by the tube diameter. Most hunting scopes are 1” tubes and do not have adequate travel to shoot extended ranges. The next step is 30mm which is common with long range scopes. This should be the minimum diameter tube for a long distance rifle. Some of the higher end scopes now have 34 and 35mm tubes for better light transmission and more adjustment range.
If you have a scope base with elevation built into it then you could settle with some decent 2 piece rings. If you have a flat base on your rifle then you can still add elevation with one-piece rings. Nightforce, Larue, and ADM all make one piece rings with elevation built in. If you want to stack a 20 MOA one-piece rings onto a 20 MOA base ensure your scope can still zero at a shorter distance (100-300 yds)
The scope is where most people skimp. You probably spent too much on that new rifle and now you have to spend that same amount on the glass? Yup! Well, not quite but pretty close. You need a real scope. There are all of the ones you know as being top of the line and hopefully, you have one of those. Buy once cry once. If you don’t then you may have to buy twice…which may still involve crying.
Some manufacturers make great scopes but they are not designed for long-range tactical shooting, Nikon comes to mind. Other companies have some really cheap offerings that are garbage but have a higher end line that works well, Bushnell for instance. The "Mark" series from Leupold is good and some models can be found under $1000. The best bang for the buck, in my opinion, is Vortex. They have an all-inclusive lifetime warranty and great glass for the money. You can get a good scope for just over $500 or get their Gen 2 Razor for $2500. It is hard to go wrong with any of their Viper or Razor scopes in the $500-$1200 price range. A great resource is the Precision Rifle Blog found here, you can see what all the pros are using and what is winning matches.
Lastly, you need a bubble level. If you have 60 MOA dialed in your scope and it is canted ever so slightly, then the round is going to go in the direction of the cant probably resulting in a miss. Make sure the bubble is leveled with the reticle. The scope could be mounted a little crooked but as long as the bubble is level with the reticle you are good to go. That means your scope is level with the Earth ensuring the highest probability of a hit.
This should cover about 90% of the problems most new shooters have when showing up to shoot long range for the first time. Make sure you have some quality match ammo and you will be connecting in no time flat.