Bought my first hunting rifle last November. I have had pistols and shotguns and have a 10/22 but this is my first hunting rifle with an optic and I am looking for some tips. It has been to the range twice and I am hunting in October for the first time. First time at the range I just fired it. Didn't sight it in or anything. Last time I had it sighted in, shooting great little groups, but then the rings came loose. FML. Had Bass Pro Shops bore sight it and torque the rings properly and I am planning on an hour of range time tomorrow.
I know the process of sighting it in so not really looking for tips there but I am looking for generaly beginner marksman advice. I know there is a huge thread on precision long rifles but I am looking for basic beginner tips. The range tomorrow is a climate controlled indoor 100 yd range. I figure this would not be a bad way to sight in the rifle. I plan on shooting it a few more times before the hunt, tomorrow is my first trip with everything in place.
The rifle is a Ruger American 30-06. I have a bunch of 150 grain Winchester white box to get it on paper and practice with and some nice Hornady 165gr I will make sure it is sighted in with before I leave (I will be hunting with the 165 but want to eat up this 150 as I will probably never sight it in with 150 again). The optic is a Nikon Buckmaster BDC 3-9X40. Nothing crazy but I see no reason it won't get the job done.
Anyway, heading to the range tomorrow and need a few tips. Any are appreciated.