Firearm Preparation for your SNS hunt

Hunting season is just around the corner. Often clients struggle finding the time to make it to the shooting range. Most hunters are very experienced rifle hunters and today’s firearms and scopes are incredibly reliable, however there is always room for improvement. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your rifle are ready.

First up is to decide which rifle is the best choice for the hunt. Most hunters have an array of rifles to choose from so pick the rifle and caliber best suited for an ethical kill shot. The caliber and bullet choice will vary according to the animal you’re hunting. Do your research! If you’re not familiar with which caliber is best for the animal you will be hunting, please reach out to us for assistance.

Now that the proper rifle has been selected, it’s time to give it a thorough inspection. If you’re not confident in your ability to make sure a rifle is ready to go, then get some help. Reach out to a friend who is knowledgeable or a professional to give your rifle an inspection. Often little things, like making sure all the screws are tightened, will give you peace of mind and insure your rifle is ready.

The next step is to head to the range. Bring lots of ammunition and set aside at least a half day so you’re not hurried. Morning is best so you get cooler temperatures and hopefully no wind. It’s best to shoot 3 shot groups while letting your barrel cool down between groups. It’s a good idea to bring a second rifle so you can get some additional shooting practice. We advise that you sight your rifle in so it’s dead on at 200 yards. 

We recommend you clean your rifle and lightly oil it as needed. Give all screws a final inspection to be sure none have loosened. Before you leave the range fire a fouling round through the barrel. Now you can head to Wyoming knowing your rifle is ready and so are your shooting skills.

Your last step is to pack your firearm for your hunt. Don’t ever skip out on buying a quality hard case. Airlines can be awfully hard on baggage. A quality rifle case will insure your rifle arrives in good shape. Pack two boxes of ammunition. The airline will require the rifle and ammo are packed separately. Add a soft case to your gear bag to be used while transporting your rifle in field. Our guides will require you to carry your firearm barrel down in their trucks and a soft case will protect your barrel and scope.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or send us an email. Another resource you may want to look into is our Firearms and Equipment article on the website. We will see you soon on your hunt with SNS Outfitters & Guides.