Precision Optics Workshop

Your scope is a critical component of your precision rifle system.

Many experts will recommend that you should spend more on your optic than on the rifle it is attached to. Due to the massive surge in interest in long range and precision rifle shooting, the optics market has exploded with scopes to fit almost every budget and shooting activity. In order to get the best performance out of your optic, it is important to ensure it is positioned and mounted correctly, and the shooter needs to have an intimate understanding of the interaction between the various controls.

Topics Covered Include:

  • First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
  • Minutes of Angle (MOA) vs. Miliradians (Mil)
  • Parallax Adjustment
  • Reticle subtensions
  • Scope leveling
  • Proper adjustment of eye relief and length of pull
  • Estimating range
  • Wind Formulas, etc

Equipment List

  • A bolt-action or semi-automatic centerfire rifle in .223, .308, or similar caliber (no magnums). Rifles should have a free-floating heavier profile barrel, (lightweight hunting or carbine-type barrels are not recommended). Optics need to be mounted with strong rings and mounts low enough to get a comfortable cheek weld on the stock. A quality scope with finger-adjustable knobs and a simple reticle (such as mil-dot or mil-hash) is strongly recommended. We will teach you to use what you have, and students have performed well in this class with a variety of optics, however, Mil/Mil optics seem to give people less trouble than other optics types in this class. It is recommended your rifle also be equipped with a sturdy bi-pod, tall enough for you to comfortably shoot from the prone position. There are a multitude of options available and setting up a precision rifle can be confusing. Please contact us prior to class with your rifle specifications if you have any questions.
  • Ammunition – 100 rounds of quality match grade ammunition. (This class will involve shooting at steel targets, please do not bring steel jacketed, steel core – A.K.A. green tip, armor piercing, tracer, incendiary or other exotic ammunition types)
  • Shooting Mat
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Hearing protection (muffs, plugs, or both), and eye protection (ANSI Z.87 or MilSpec strongly recommended)
  • Water, lunch, snacks
  • Rain/Sun gear and sunscreen, or bug repellant as necessary
  • Other range gear as desired (mag loaders, spotting scope, tools, etc…)

Course Fees and Requirements

$150 per person (+tax where applicable) payable in full on class start date.

Class Size = 8