Nathan Foster's latest book The Practical Guide To Long Range Shooting arrived just over a month ago. I unwrapped it from the box and set it on the bench with the intention of not opening it until I got home that evening. That worked for about a half hour. I turned to the introduction and the rest of the day at the bench vise slid slowly off the rails.
As the title suggest much of the content is written on the subject of shooting beyond the norm and goes into this area in great detail. However the text also covers proper shooting technique as well as kit selection for the rifle and the hunter. The intent of this book is to prepare the rifleman mentally and physically before he commits to the shot to insure an ethical clean kill.
I've just finished reading this book completely for the 2nd time and I like the way it is written. While much of the subject matter I have practiced for many years I found other compelling ideas that I want to try. I feel this text should be in every serious hunters book collection. If the reader is a seasoned rifleman and hunter or a novice just starting out the content within these pages will serve the reader well if then applied. In time the book should fall open to favorite chapters with its page corners becoming dog eared from use.
While much of the book deals with shooting game at extended ranges the emphasis is always on making a humane shot and knowing where the individual wall is set for each hunter behind the trigger. You need to crawl before you walk, walk before you run, and train before you go the distance.
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I think enough of this book enough to want to include a copy with every Classic or Legend that leaves my shop from this day forward. If the recipient of either rifle reads the text and applies these ideas to their shooting, be it off the end of the muzzle or on the other side of the canyon a lot of the questions I routinely get will already be answered and more game will fall to a single well placed shot.
Well done Mr. Foster, very well done.