Six Shooting Tips from Bryan Litz

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A series of Bryan Litz tips on ballistics and competition.

If you only know Bryan Litz from his Applied Ballistics Books and DVDs, you may not realize that this guy is a great marksman (along with being an actual rocket scientist). This guy can shoot. At the recent Berger Southwest Nationals (SWN), Bryan took top honors among all sling shooters — and he managed to do that while performing many other important match duties. The pay-off for Bryan was getting his name on a really cool “ghost dancer” perpetual trophy. Litz joked: “With what the wind gods can do at shooting matches, it makes sense to have a trophy that puts you in touch with the spirit world.”

How Much Does Wind Reading, Accurate Ranging, and Group Size Matter?


An outstanding series of articles. If you’re interested in long range rifle shooting, go read these now.

How Much Does Wind Reading Ability Matter?

“There are few things that will improve hit percentage more than reducing wind uncertainty.”
“Wind is usually the greatest uncertainty in long range shooting, and the cause of most misses. Improving ballistic performance can increase hit percentage at long range, but even high performance rounds are highly susceptible to wind uncertainty.”

– Bryan Litz

How Much Does Accurate Ranging Matter?
“Training to improve the accuracy of one’s ranging abilities can result in direct and dramatic improvements in hit percentage.”
– Bryan Litz

How Much Does Group Size Matter?

“There is only a 5% difference in hit probability in a 1 MOA rifle and a 0.1 MOA rifle when you’re trying to hit a 20” circle at 1,000 yards!”

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