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Shooting Tips

We reveal how to sharpen your shooting skills, whether you hunt, plink or shoot competitively.

Understanding Shotgun Chokes

Interchangeable chokes allow you to use a single shotgun for everything from home defense and skeet, to hunting for upland birds, waterfowl and turkeys. Follow this guide to choose the choke that’s best suited for your intended use.

Establishing Shotgun Lead

Just as a quarterback must throw the football well ahead of his intended receiver, you must send your shot string to intercept the target, no matter if it’s a clay, rabbit or game bird. Here are three ways to do it.

Proper Shotgun Fit

When your shotgun doesn’t fit properly, you’ll miss targets and experience more recoil—not to mention frustration. It isn’t difficult to ensure a shotgun fits you, it just requires a bit of knowledge. Here’s what you need to know.

Why Fit Matters For Hunters

The most critical seconds of any hunt start slipping away the instant you shoulder your rifle. “MeatEater” host and Savage brand ambassador Steve Rinella has seen all too many hunters miss their chance because a poor-fitting rifle prevented them from quickly finding the animal in the scope.

Customizing Fit For Competition

Nowhere is rifle fit more important than in competition, where shooters must engage targets from a wide variety of positions. Team Savage’s Stan Pate reveals how he adjusts critical stock dimensions for these dynamic situations.

A Rifle Built For Women

With a shorter length-of-pull, raised comb, and an angled, slimmed-down grip, the Savage Lady Hunter is built around female hunters. The result is better, more comfortable shooting.

Understanding Length-Of-Pull

To shoot a firearm accurately and comfortably, its length-of-pull must match your body. Patrick Kelley explains this critical measurement and how to use it to shoot your best.

Rifle Fit For The Traveling Hunter

The hunt of a lifetime is no place for a gun that doesn’t fit you properly. Freddy Harteis, Savage brand ambassador and host of “Hollywood Hunter,” explains the elements of rifle fit that are most important to his hunts.

Improving Fit For Predators

Predator hunting demands long shots from a wide variety of shooting positions. “Dead Dog Walkin’” host and Savage partner Clay Belding shares how he tweaks the fit of his rifle to ensure he’s always on target.

Range Wisdom: Shoot Better With Iron Sights

Nowadays, most hunters and shooters never fire a shot through a rifle without peering through a scope. Mike Stroff, host of “Savage Outdoors,” knows better. He believes iron sights help develop and maintain important skill sets—no matter what you hunt or how you shoot.

Range Wisdom: Tape Trick

A little strategically placed electrical tape is cheap insurance for keeping debris and moisture out of your barrel—especially on a remote hunt. “Savage Outdoors” host Mike Stroff explains how he uses it to save his hunts without sacrificing accuracy or performance.

Range Wisdom: Beat Barrel Heat

When your bullets start to walk up the target during an extended shooting session, don’t adjust your scope—take a break. “Savage Outdoors” host Mike Stroff explains how excessive barrel heat can affect point of impact and reveals how to avoid it.

Range Wisdom: Trigger Work

It’s impossible to consistently make long-range shots with a mushy trigger and a heavy pull. Mike Stroff, host of “Savage Outdoors,” uses the Savage AccuTrigger™ to simplify the process. Learn where he adjusts it to guarantee accuracy at extreme distances.

Determine Eye Dominance

To shoot your best, it’s important to shoot with your dominant eye. Savage’s Jared Hinton shares an easy method to quickly identify anyone’s eye dominance.

6 Gun Questions You're Afraid To Ask

"There is no such thing as a stupid question." That old adage holds water, especially when it comes to firearms, as asking questions can prevent a dangerous situation. Assuming you’ve got the safety bases covered, let’s explore some of the common questions that might feel silly to ask, but will boost your firearms knowledge.

What’s Your Point-Blank Range?

“Point-blank” is a common firearms term, yet it’s usually misunderstood. In reality, it’s the maximum range at which you can hold dead center on your target and still hit within the intended area. Here’s how to use it in your hunting and shooting.