Reccomend "shooting" books


March 22, 2005, 08:31 PM
What books would you recommend to a mostly self-taught shooter to help improve his shooting skills (mostly with the rifle)? I've pretty much picked up the basics such as breathing, sight usage, etc.. either watching others shoot, or lurking in forums like THR. What I'm looking for are books that can help me get a little furthur, understand the craft a little better, and make my practice sessions more productive.


1) Various rifle shooting stances, good drills to practice that can come in handy when hunting, self-defense, etc.
2) Different ways to use a sling, how does one use 3-point slings, etc..
3) Understanding long range shooting techniques (> 200 yds), how to dope wind etc..
4) Reloading techniques and tips (over and above whats in the Lee/Hornady/Speer handbooks, for example). I've started reloading for my .308 recently. I have the handbooks but they are a bit thin on explanations of why things are done a certain way.
5) How to compete and tune equipment. Mostly centered around silhouette shooting.

I have an gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket :D so I might be able to get a few books out of it..

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March 22, 2005, 09:07 PM
You might try these two:

The Highpower Rifle by G. David Tubb.

The Competitive AR15 by Glen D. Zediker.

Tubb has a new one out too, but I haven't see it yet

The Art Of The Rifle by Jeff Cooper might also be of interest.

March 22, 2005, 09:10 PM
Difficult to cover all that with one book.

I have "The Art of the Rifle" by Jeff Cooper. A lot of good stuff on sling usage and shooting stances, some really tiny, general anecdotes about wind, zilch about reloading.

March 22, 2005, 09:13 PM

Bob Brister, Louis Awerbuck, and Cooper is always a good read.


March 23, 2005, 09:41 PM
"Practical Marksmanship", Melvin M. Johnson; Morrow & Co., NY. NY, 1945. Out of print, but an outstandingly good book that goes beyond the basics and covers practical shooting better than anything else. You will have to do used book searches but it is out there if you look.

BTW Johnson was quite the authority in the 1940s and the inventor of the Johnson semiauto rifle. Very sharp fellow.

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