Long range shooting, can be as enjoyable as it can be frustrating, and although equipment can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars, it doesn’t need to. One of the questions we get asked the most, is how to shoot accurately at 300 yards, or how to do a 300 yard deer shot? With the basics of long range shooting handled correctly, most people will be able to get over 1 mile shooting mark. What is important though, is understanding ballistics, and the technical side of long range shooting and calculation. We have put together a reading list of suggested books on long range shooting, for anyone from beginners to advanced shooters, and all will learn from them.
They say if you read 3 books on any subject, you have learned more on it than 99.9% of the population, which then qualifies you as an expert on the field, so what are you waiting for, get reading.
Long Range Precision Rifle: The Complete Guide to Hitting Targets at Distance
A concise book that covers everything from rifle building and equipment to math for wind and ballistics, even shooting at angles, sub sonic long range and reloading.
Long Range Shooting Handbook: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Precision Rifle Shooting
A superb book written by an excellent teacher and it is evident when reading it. The book covers all concepts that you will need to start and become successful at long range shooting. A little longer than the previous book.
Precision Long Range Shooting And Hunting: Getting started, caliber and equipment choices (Volume 1)
A series of 4 books geared toward the true novice. Book 1 has more information on hunting and long range hunting than the other books listed above.
Book 2 covers shooting and projectile ballistics.
Book 3 covers shooting optics in detail.
Book 4 covers reloading in depth.
Ideally you should get all 4 books, but you can also buy just the books you need.
Applied Ballistics For Long Range Shooting 3rd Edition
This book by Brian Litz is a masters class in ballistics and theory. It is a text book reference on the subject. Written by an engineer and containing wealth of technical information.
Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting: A Practical Guide for Riflemen
Another in-depth technical book by Brian Lits that covers trajectory, WEZ analysis and practical considerations for rifle shooters. It explains how statistical uncertainties can affect your shot and how to account for them.
Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting Volume 1 & 2
In these books, important questions faced by long range shooters are answered through the use of careful testing and scientific method. The subject of bullet dispersion is explored including group convergence. The subject of advanced reloading is covered including: bullet pointing and trimming, flash hole deburring, powder measurement, fill ration and neck tension.
Nick Vitalbo’s material on laser rangefinder performance is a landmark piece of work in the industry.
The chapter on composite wrapped barrels including carbon fiber barrels written by Cal Zant, offering meticulous test results on performance of these barrels compared to conventional barrels.
Included as an appendix is a bullet library of measured G1 and G7 ballistic coefficients. A library containing data on 533 bullets commonly used by long range shooters.
Ballistic Performance of Rifle Bullets 3rd Edition
Another book by Brian Litz, it is a very precise index of over 700 rifle bullets independently and impartially tested by Litz giving you a comparative guide on ballistics.
DOPE: The Shot Recording Resource
An excellent book to read and learn about the DOPE (data on previous engagement) and how to use it in precision rifle shooting matches and hunting.
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