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 1500yds. 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 or 1-Mile unless you have a holdover-style reticle. 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 tactical-style 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 20-30 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, Spuhr, IOR, Larue, and ADM all make one-piece rings with elevation built-in. If you want to stack 20 MOA one-piece rings onto a 20 MOA base (40 MOA Total) ensure your scope has at least 100 MOA of elevation travel so you 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, it will help. 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 the bare minimum scope with all the features needed for LR shooting like the Diamondback Tactical for around $400, we sell them for $360 in our store. Or even the newer Strike Eagle for around $700, but they will never be as good as their top of the line scopes like the 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 40 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.
While N.E.T.T. is primarily a private gun club, we will be leasing the range for LTC classes and some private firearms instruction. For information on leasing the range for classes of your own please contact us.
LEO and Govt. may lease the range during the week for training.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel less than 7 days before the course date your deposit will be forfeited. If you cancel prior to 7 days before the course, your deposit will be applied to a future class date. Deposits are non-refundable. If you have paid in full for a course and cancel, you have the option of receiving a refund for the amount minus the deposit, or you may apply the entire sum to a future class, subject to the terms above.
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-Rifle capable of 1" groups (or better) at 100 yds.
-Adjustable scope with marked (tactical) style uncovered turrets or ballistic compensating reticles such as the Horus, Vortex EBR, Mil-Dot or similar, 30mm main tube or bigger
-Bipod or front bag/rest
-Rear bag or sand sock
-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
-40-60 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 afterward and bang some steel on your own, I would recommend bringing more. Spotting and additional coaching will be available to you.
So, you want to shoot Long-Range?
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 basics of long-range shooting for those who want to join but may not be confident in their abilities. This is by FAR the best deal in the Metroplex. You will not find any other course that can get you shooting this far, this fast, and is this affordable.
We can guarantee you will get hits all the way out to 1000yds, and if your equipment is capable, you will get on steel out to 1200yds and even 1500yds or a Mile.
The vast majority of students have never shot past 200yds and they routinely get 1st-round hits @ 1000yds.
We offer a 1-Day Long-Range Course
The course will cover everything you need to know to start shooting at distance as well as more in-depth wind reading strategies and techniques. The wind is the #1 cause of misses at long-range so there is added emphasis on that. This course also goes more in-depth on using the Ballistic Solver and truing it at extended ranges for increased hit probability.
After some time in the Classroom going over gear, equipment, and ballistics, we confirm zero, calculate ballistic solutions, shoot the qualifier, and push out to 1-Mile. Shooters can then spend the rest of the time ringing steel on their own. Shooters will be able to take what they learned and apply it anywhere they go to shoot.
We do have rental rifles available with ammo, so don't let equipment keep you from getting in on this.
This is not the same as some of the 3-5 day Precision Rifle courses that are out there. There are no "filler" blocks of instruction to burn time that have nothing to do with shooting LR. This course will get you qualified to shoot on the range safely so you can practice and build on your skillset.
Intro to Precision Rifle 6-Hour Course: $250-$300
$100-$150 deposit required to hold your spot. Includes 6 hours of training, emphasis on wind reading, using the ballistic solver, qualifying for the long-range, and the daily range fee. We will be adding some new curriculum starting in July so the price will be $300 for any courses starting then.
Time: 8 am - 2 pm
Date: Check the calendar or registration form below for dates
Round count: 40 rounds minimum, more if you want to stay and shoot afterward.