Thank you and thank you for the kind words! I do not mind sharing and it is really simple, actually. Practice. Before I met mike, I had a couple of pistols and my AR-15. I used to shoot my pistol almost daily, but when I met Mike, he used to go to the shooting range every weekend. Between school, work, homework, regular life stuffs, we usually always had Sunday off together and when we did, we went to the range.Congratulations. If you don’t mind sharing how did you develop your excellent shooting technique. I’m interested so I can also have great confidence when I’m on my next safari. Thanks for any help and I loved your report!
So, when I used to shoot by myself, it was empty soda bottles, cans, etc. Mike used targets. The range we go to has 100, 200, and 300 yard bays outside. I was a little overwhelmed the first time and told him it was too far away. He told me to look at the target. He had taped a quarter to it. He told me to just shoot the quarter and not worry about anything else. So, I did. I have a string of quarters on ball chain on my rear view mirror in Crowley (my truck) that I have shot at the range from 100-300 yards. I am quite proud of them!
It is just practice. I do not use anything fancy. There is a bench there and I sit Lilith on a bag sometimes if I need her higher. We use practice ammo at the range, but before we left for our trip, we shot with our hunting ammo. We have been going to the range nearly every Sunday for over two years now. Mike has been going longer and has been hunting a lot longer than me also. I tend to get really irritated and nervous when I make a bad shot, which still happens by the way. The first time I shot Marius' .375 I was afraid it was going to kick like Mike's .416 Rigby and my first shot was NOT good with his rifle. After I settled down and knew how the rifle felt, I was ok. I have also decided Lilith needs a sibling and I want a .375 HH now. As far as shooting off sticks, I had got Mike some for his birthday last year. I was not able to practice on them as much as I would have liked to. I feel wobbly on them. I need a lot more practice on them!! I told Marius that and he made all the difference to be honest! For me, Marius makes shooting off sticks like shooting off a bench.
So, for what it is worth, that's what I do/have done the last 2+ years. I hope it helps, and thank you for asking! Sorry for the long length of that reply. I am chatty