Selecting the Right Rifle: What to look for in a Target Shooting Rifle

You’re standing in the firearms section of a huge store, staring at a pretty intimidating collection of target shooting rifles. There’s an overwhelming variety of types, shapes, sizes, prices, materials, and features. You can’t figure out which one you should choose.

Having the right rifle can make a pretty huge difference in the way you shoot and aim your targets. It also considerably affects your shooting accuracy. When it comes to shooting a rifle, you’ll have a pretty wide range of options to choose from. But by keeping a few important things in mind, you can choose the perfect fit.

Consider the Usage

Before buying a rifle, first, consider what you’re going to be using it for and where you’re going to be using it. Rifles can be used for all kinds of purposes; from self-defense to hunting and even target and competition shooting. Certain types of rifles can be assets in certain conditions and liabilities in other scenarios.

Is It The Right Fit?

In order for the firearm to be a perfect fit, you should be able to handle it comfortably and safely. Also, keep in mind that you could be using it for a long day at the shooting range, so it shouldn’t be too heavy. But it also shouldn’t be so light as to have a heavy recoil issue. You should also be able to reach for the trigger comfortably while you’re shooting. For steady aim, the rifle should also be able to balance steadily in your hands.

Is It The Right Fit

The Action

Most rifles include common actions such as pump-action, lever-action, bolt-action, single shot, and semi-automatic. The type of shooting activity you plan on doing will dictate which type of action will work best for you. It can also depend upon your personal preference. Bolt-actions are known to be reliable and strong; semi-autos have fast follow-up shots; similarly, other actions have their own proponents.

The Rifle Stock

Rifle stocks are generally available in plastic, laminated and regular wood, fiberglass, and synthetics. Many prefer wood for the traditional and classic look it provides, although the laminated wood variety is stronger and more durable than regular wood. Synthetics are also a good option due to their stability in harsh weather environments.

The Barrel

The barrel length will, of course, have an impact on the length of the rifle itself, as well as its weight and the velocity at which the bullet shoots from the rifle’s barrel. Generally, the longer the barrel is, the higher the bullet velocity is. But it can also end up impacting the way you handle the rifle. Shorter barrels are easier to control.

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