Any skill requires practise to first get it to expert level, and then just to keep it there.
Correct technique is needed to ensure maximum benefit is derived from practise time. Faster development of skill also leads to increased motivation to persist.
When you can shoot accurately, you not only avoid the annoyance of missing an easy shot, but target shooting for practise can take on a whole other level.
First of all don’t let yourself get demoralised by comparing your existing shooting level to that of other more experienced people.
Keep records of your scores and accuracy at set distances. That way you can clearly monitor your rate of progress without relying on your biased memory. Set a series of smaller goals rather than a single large goal that can feel overwhelming.
Make sure that you are getting the most out of your equipment and not swimming against the tide.
Certain guns work better with certain ammo. If you’re not getting the results you want, try switching ammo or seeking advice for your specific rifle model.
Keep your equipment well maintained. Just because a rifle shoots well today, doesn’t mean it will continue to do – especially if you don’t look after it.
If you don’t yet have your own gun, try to practise with the same one each time. Otherwise the nuances of trigger pull and general function amount to an extra learning obstacle to overcome each time.
To steady yourself before firing you should be holding your breath. Experiment with this. Either take a deep breath and exhale half of it then hold, or inhale half way and hold.
When ready to pull the trigger to do gently. Poor trigger control (overly aggressive pulling or jerking) is one of the biggest impairments to accurate shooting.
Don’t fear or attempt to pre-empt the recoil in your mind. Focus on gently squeezing the trigger while maintaining your aim. Pre-empting the gun going off will lead to flinching and lost accuracy.
If you struggle with accuracy try with a good solid rest. You should see a significant increase immediately.
Likewise correct use of the sling should aid in stability, resulting in a more accurate shooting action.