First off I want to say how impressed I am with you work! Who did you study under?
I am a US Army Active Duty Small Arms Repairman currently deployed to Afghanistan. I found you through Sonoran Desert Institute, as they have your work in their curriculum. I just finished reading your book, looking forwards to reading the rest of the series. Thanks for the invaluable resource.
Respectfully (Name withheld - NF).
Hi Nathan, I just wanted to let you know that thanks to you, my reloading techniques and equipment are now top notch, my rifles are in the best shooting condition they have ever been in and I have four rifles shooting under .5 inch @ 100 yds. Even my hack 270 with a 22 in barrel is shooting .33” consistently. Your books are outstanding and you have changed my shooting perspective. I am 62 years old and shooting the best in my life.
A friend of mine has on old Sako Forester which he bought second hand 25 years ago.The caliber is .243 and has been grouping around 2" for a while which of course is no good for any longer shots. He was about to replace the barrel but I said I'd give it a DIY birthday as per your Accurizing book to see if it made any difference.
The result was unbelievable! Attached is the group that I shot after with factory Winchester 100gr soft points. Top one was the fouler followed by 3 shot group.
I didn't even put a huge amount of concentration into the shots either!
Once again your books have made the difference.
Good morning Nathan,
I just wanted to drop you a line regarding your books. I have finished two, am half way through the third, and find them fascinating. I showed them to my uncle, and during a visit over this past weekend, he can't seem to put them down. Every time there is a gap in conversation he's picking up one of your books!
Thanks, Brian, USA.
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge with the public. Your website has been a fantastic tool for me. I sell firearms for a living and I’m an SDI student here in the U.S (The Practical book series is a part of the course). Watching, hearing, and reading about your research in the hunting\shooting game has helped push me to be both better and, more knowledgeable in the pursuit of my passion. The more I learn, the more that I want to learn. Thank you for your work!
This is an outstanding book for all shooters and hunters. I shared my copy with 3 friends and they bought their own copies. Going back to basics has improved my shooting skills. I was so impressed I bought all Nathan's books except the cartridge book. If I had such a comprehensive library 44 years ago I would have had more enjoyment in hunting and shooting. These books are a must have for hunters, reloaders, and precision shooting enthusiasts. Thank you Nathan. I'm getting consistant half inch 100 yard groups after studying and applying your techniques.
Your books are great! They arrived last week and I’ve already finished Long Range Hunting Rifles – couldn’t put it down. The maintenance section in your book on rifle accurizing and maintenance is excellent – God knows how many youtube videos and web articles I have been through on how to clean a gun properly but your approach based on the core principles of the task at hand is pure genius – I finally get it. I started the Reloading book last night.
So I just wanted to say thanks and awesome effort.
Cheers, David, NZ.
Nathan, a couple of months back I purchased your book Practical Guide to Long Range Shooting.
I must congratulate you on your efforts.
Being a hunter with over 20 years’ experience and wanting to expand my boundaries I have often found myself carrying out techniques that I thought felt right but continually questioned myself over those techniques when watching those on Youtube that are apparent experts and seeing different. This lead to me having a mish mash of technique.
What was refreshing was that my thoughts and reasoning on some components of my technique were not that far off what you recommend.
So a month ago when I went to test a new load for my 30-06 I went in open minded adopting your method wholly and soley of two hand on the rifle and shooting across bags and I was amazed at the results.
The first three shots of load one cut one ragged whole, the next three shot group did the same. I then got a little keen and didn’t slow down as you suggest and put down a 5 shot group of 20mm, but the two shots that went wide , #2 and #4 I called pulled to my mate before I had looked at the shot fall on the target. And low and behold I was right; something that I have never been able to at all, let alone with any degree of confidence.
From there I suggested to my mate & spotter to brew up and we had a break.
Over the next 40 minute I put down three more three shot groups two of, being once again one ragged hole and the third a 14mm group. All the shooting was done at 100 yards testing 168 grain Berger Classic Hunters in my Sauer 30-06. I have now settled on a load and I am in the process of completing a Drop Chart and looking forward to getting back into the bush to verify the drops.
Thanks once again Nathan, you have nailed the book. It is the right mix of encouragement but no fluffy bullshit and great explanations to those that do not have the best technical mind.
I bought Nathan Fosters books and they have made a huge difference in my shooting and reloading technique and field accuracy in a very short time, though I was not just getting started. I highly recommend you buy the books, read carefully, apply yourself rigorously and learn your personal limits experimentally. The books are a wealth of information that you will not find so condensed anywhere else to my knowledge. You will save more in time, ammo and useful gun life and avoid bad investments, so you really can't afford not to buy the books considering. You will note that all the books are titled starting with "The Practical Guide", and they are precisely practical.
The book arrived. And I just want to tell you it's a friggin good read!
Can't stop reading while on vacation! I haven't read the other book from the series,
but you have written the things that have been on my mind for some time.
One of the best books for long range shooting in years. My opinion.
Especially for beginners, not much new to me but it helps a lot.
And who knows what's coming within the next pages ;-)
Cheers, Jan, USA.
Hi a mate of mine who previously a bow hunter, last year had never fired a firearm bought these books. I have grown up around hunting and firearms but now I turn to him for advice! So I had to buy the books. The books are fantastic and a perfect "straight up and down" guide to rifles and long range shooting. Thank you for producing such great books with all you need to know and nothing you don’t need to know.
Regards, Ryan, NZ
Just a quick note to say I can’t count all my students who are profoundly grateful for my cutting through all the BS in my sport and improving their game - as in right now! Visible, repeatable progress in minutes, not hours or days. Your Knowledge Base is no less invaluable to those of us who want to skip all the BS and computer generated opinions. Thank you Nathan and very well done. You’ve saved all of us out here many thousands of wasted hours and dollars experimenting with your sage and experienced advice. Much appreciated Nathan.
I just want to Thank You! I read all five of your books. You made complex subjects simple and practical. I learned a lot. And, you have definitely helped me to improve my skills.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Results speak for themselves.
I followed Nathan's book as close to the letter as I could with a 338-06 that I had built on a Remington 700 action. The patterns I saw were all one inch or less, and one in the group was closer to 0.5" which I have never shot before. VIHT N-150 Powder loaded to about 97% of max with 225 grain SST's were the combination. There were definitely better groups as I got closer to the lands but any of them would have worked for regular hunting. One of them would work for longer range shooting if I chose to go that route with softer bullets.
This book is simple, and based upon real experience. My success as a novice reloader in following this book step by step speaks volumes. It works.
I have been hunting and shooting for a good 25 years but until I read Nathan's books (particularly "Long range shooting"), I had not been able to shoot groups under 0.5" at 100 m. During this summer (Sweden) I have shot several groups under 0.35" with my 223 barrel (Blaser rifle), under 0.5" with my 8x57 barrel and today I went under 0.5" for the first time with my new 338 WM barrel (285 gr ELD-M). Happy like a kid on Christmas If anyone reading this is thinking of buying the books I can assure you - they are worth every penny! I know others have commented on this note but can't help echoing them after seeing for myself how well it works. Hands down (hats off or whatever you say in English) for Nathan. There is a lot left for me to do to be consistent around or under 0.5" with the 338 but now I know that it is possible. Looking forward to moving further out in due time to see how far I can take it. Thank you Nathan!
I recently got a copy of your book 'The Practical Guide to Longe Range Shooting' and am about half way through. I am writing this to say thanks for the wake up call. I have been hunting and shooting most of my 40 odd years of life. I was taught by my father and he by his father. I distinctly remember him telling me how to shoot. A few years ago I decided to try my hand at long range. Not sure how or when or even why, but somewhere along the line I adopted the modern poor technique you speak of. It has worked for me with my maximum ranged kill on a Tahr out to 720m, however beyond that on steel I have not had much success with first round hits.
So coming back to your book, after reading the first few chapters I became aware of all the things you say not to do... I was doing. I was now eager to put it to the test as any keen shooter would.
I am currently instructing on a hunter training course so I took an opportunity to shoot a couple of groups at 200m between the serials. The first using current doctrine, the second using your recommendations. Results?.. what a difference!! The currently fashionable method produced a 38mm group at 200m and your techniques a 16mm group at 200m. Now I am not a refined and skilled target shooter but thats the best I have ever got out of this particular rifle.
I realize that this is only one group on one day and also on a range, but I am now sold! And am keen to practice further and at longer ranges.
On another note, I started getting the students to make adjustments to their positions and holds on their rifles based on your recommendations, and BOOM...What a difference in their groups at 100m. Some who had never fired a rifle before were producing 1-1.5 inch groups. Still room for improvement but a good start. The transition to confidence and smiling faces made it well worthwhile.
So, again thanks for the wake up call.
Just wanted to thank you Nathan for providing solid practical advice in your latest book "Practical guide to long range shooting".
Reading through the early chapters about shooting form and position was sobering. I'm used to shooting at longer distances (out to 1000m) but knew my form wasn't conducive to consistency. Yes, I was one of those plonkers as per the book.
After receiving your latest book as a birthday pressie, it spurred me into following your advice, adopting your recommended techniques and getting my body into a better position. This really helped to smooth out the effects of breathing - I could definitely control the crosshairs on the target much better.
It's funny that in your book, you state there will be people at the range who try to poo poo these methods. I had one such insistence recently when shooting on a 600m military range. One chap, big beard, looks like he's been round the block a bit, comes over after seeming me head shot those military man size restive targets 10 for 10 using my 6.5x47 in a 20mph right to left wind, and says "your form is all wrong. We taught the army snipers to forget about the forend and double grip the rifle. That's the key." He then proceeded to demonstrate a grip that resembled those 1970's cops holding their Smith & Wesson revolvers.
I approached it with an open mind. I let another 10 rounds down and I had some misses. I definitely felt way less stable, especially as I felt the rifle cant in my hands (bipod wasn't loose at all).
Needless to say, I went back to your techniques, and even though I didn't have a sling and was off a bipod, I went back to almost boring accuracy.
Many thanks Nathan for pushing me to do better!