Two-Part Precision Rifle Hunter Series
Our two-part Precision Rifle Hunter Series will instill you with the tools and confidence you need to ensure an effective shot on the animal of a lifetime.
Make your next hunting trip a memorable one by learning valuable skills from the precision rifle shooting professionals. We offer two long-range shooting classes designed to accommodate both beginners and seasoned precision rifle hunters. No matter your level, you will leave this course with new experience and skills.
- Each class is geared toward hunting scenarios.
- Learn how to shoot from prone shooting to standing with a tripod, and everything in between, so you can enter the field with confidence.
- The two rifle shooting classes are scheduled back-to-back. We require you to complete the Fundamentals Class first, then you can continue on to the Development Class on the same trip.
- If you book both classes, you get a 10% discount.
Ideal for first-time, beginners and intermediate precision rifle hunters and shooters looking to advance their abilities, the Fundamentals Class portion of our Precision Rifle Hunter Series helps participants develop the skills, tools, and confidence they need to succeed in the field.
Taking a building blocks-style approach, the team of expert instructors will help you create a solid foundation that you can then carry on into our higher-level Development Class. No matter your experience you will leave this course with more experience and skills.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Here’s a preview of what Long Range Academy participants can expect to learn from our Fundamentals Class.
- Rifle system setup and function
- Optics zero, minutes and mills break down
- Fundamentals and mechanics of precision rifle shooting
- Cold bore data, prior and post firearm cleaning and fouling break down
- Introduction to ballistics and atmospheric conditions, dope cards and data collection
- Kestrel usage, breakdown and range implementation
- Bullet and cartridge breakdown
- Calculating atmospheric and environmental conditions
- Internal, external and terminal ballistics
- Chronograph data collection and ballistics truing
- Introduction to wind reading and wind calls
- Advancement of prone shooting positions
- Introduction to other (hunting) shooting positions, tripod work
Over the course of our three-day Fundamentals Class, we’ll cover the following:
Learn the fundamentals of a custom rifle, including rifle setup, ammunition, optics, and accessories, and how they all work together to create a shooting system. Once we’ve covered the basics, we’ll dive into ballistics, design, problem-solving, and — of course — wind reading.
Hit the field and start shooting, learning proper bench shooting techniques at 100 yards to ensure accurate rifle zeroing, rifle check, and ammunition check. From there, we’ll move onto prone position one and begin to apply the fundamentals you learned on Day 1 to further distances. During the second half of the day, we’ll continue to advance these skills at greater distances, incorporating other shooting positions and techniques.
Continue to develop fundamental skills learned on Days 1 and 2 at greater distances, incorporating other shooting positions and techniques that you’ll encounter in the field, including tripod work.
Designed for intermediate and advanced precision rifle hunters and shooters, the Development Class portion of our Precision Rifle Hunter Series empowers participants to take the skills they’ve acquired through the Fundamentals Class to the next level.
Geared toward real-world hunting scenarios and shooting, our Development Class will expand your existing knowledge and equip you with the tools you need to take to the field with confidence.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Here’s a preview of what Long Range Academy participants can expect to learn from our Development Class.
- Advanced rifle systems setup, function, and maintenance
- Advanced mechanics of precision rifle shooting
- Advanced external ballistics, atmospheric conditions, wind reading, and data collection
- Hold overs and corrections
- Advanced prone and tripod shooting positions
- Proper gear selection and how to use it in the fields
- Advanced kestrel and ballistic solution options
Upon completion of the Development Class, all participants will receive a certificate demonstrating their ability.
Over the course of our three-day Development Class, we’ll cover the following:
Review the basics covered in our Fundamentals Class, with special attention to key highlights. From there, we’ll dive deeper into our rifle system, maintenance, and troubleshooting in the field.
Hit the field, testing out your new skills in a real-world setting. You’ll also work to develop advanced prone and tripod positions, advanced speed drills, wind reading techniques, and more.
Continue to apply teachings from Days 1 and 2 in the field, with the ultimate goal of utilizing the fundamentals in your unconscious mind to develop a skill set so that your conscious mind can solve problems, collect data, and build shooting positions.
Snowy Mountain Rifle will provide the following equipment:
- Snowy Mountain Custom Rifle *You may bring your own Snowy Mountain rifle if you own one.
- Bubble level
- Custom loaded ammo
- Pelican case
- Rear support bags
- Personal Gear
- Travel to and from Hamilton Montana
- Meals and accommodations
- Trip Insurance
You will need to get to Hamilton, Montana.
- Most participants fly to the Missoula, MT International Airport (MSO). From there it is roughly a one hour drive to Hamilton.
- There is also a private airport located in Hamilton.
You will need a vehicle to get to class.
SMR will have a limited amount of room to take students in their vehicles to and from the range. Students are encouraged to rent or bring 4×4 vehicles and will need to drive to and from the range.
- Missoula Airport Car Rental: www.flymissoula.com/rental-cars/
- Hamilton Car Rental: www.enterprise.com/en/car-rental-locations/location-results.html
- Breakfast: Students will need to provide their own breakfast before meeting in the morning. Coffee and donuts provided every morning at the shop before heading out for the day.
- Lunch: Students must pack a lunch. On the way to the shooting range, students will have the opportunity to pick up snacks & food for lunch at the Market.
- Dinner: We wrap up class generally around 5:00 PM.
Student is responsible for their housing while in town for the class.
Several local hotels and Airbnb’s are available: