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What The Pros Use

This is hard data on what gear the best precision rifle shooters in the country are using. Each year, we ask the top-ranked precision rifle competitors about what equipment and gear they run (like cartridge, scope, stock, barrel, gunsmith, and a bunch of other items). These posts are the results of those annual surveys, along with deep-dives from some of the top shooters.

PRS Strategy, Mental Management & Shooting Tips – Austin Buschman Shooter Spotlight Part 4

PRS Shooting Tips, Stage Strategy, Mental Management and Rifle Cleaning Tips

This is the final article of my top shooter spotlight with reigning PRS Champ and World Champ, Austin Buschman. This content was my favorite part of our conversations! The article is packed full of topics you just don’t hear about a lot, like how to manage the mental side of the game, stage strategy, and other shooting tips. Austin also gives his best advice for both new shooters and the mid-pack guy hoping to rise to a top-10 finish. We also share Austin’s rifle cleaning regimen and his favorite matches. It’s packed full of great tips!

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The PRS Champ’s Load Data & Reloading Process – Austin Buschman Shooter Spotlight Part 3

The PRS Champion's Load Data & Reloading Process

I interviewed the reigning PRS Champion, Austin Buschman, and he shared every detail of his current match ammo load and entire reloading process. Austin has a very pragmatic approach to reloading that I promise will surprise (and challenge) you! Clearly, his ammo is capable of precision that can win on the biggest stage – so get a behind-the-scenes view of how he makes it and hear about all the reloading steps that are on his long “list of things that don’t matter!”

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Everything a PRS Champ Carries at a Rifle Match – Austin Buschman Shooter Spotlight Part 2

Everything a PRS Champ Carries at a Rifle Match

Reigning PRS Champ Austin Buschman shows us everything he carries in his backpack at a pro-level rifle match. While we often see what rifle and gear someone uses, it’s rare to have a pro shooter empty their pack and tell us about everything they carry. In this article, Austin does just that! He also shares how he trues his ballistics and shares a ton of practical tips! This article gives a ton of new info and insight that I haven’t ever seen published anywhere else. I bet you guys find it as interesting as I did!

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Austin Buschman – What The Pros Use: Top Shooter Spotlight

Austin Buschman Precision Rifle Shooter Spotlight

This article takes a deep dive with the reigning Precision Rifle Series (PRS) Season Champion and World Champion Austin Buschman. Austin shares every single detail about the competition rifle that he used to win both of those titles. Learn which stock, barrel, scope, action, bipod, trigger, and everything else he used to get into the winner’s circle. The article also provides insight into why Austin chose the gear he did and why he feels it gives him the best shot at winning. There are several shooting/strategy tips shared, which makes this article a must-read!

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What The Pros Use 2023 & Top Shooter Spotlights

What The Pros Use Top Shooter Spotlights

Exciting news about an updated version of the popular “What The Pros Use” series! Plus, a new series of articles are in the works that will take a deep dive with several of the top shooters who have consistently finished on the podium at national, pro-level rifle matches over several years. These new “Top Shooter Spotlights” include exhaustive detail about their rifles and everything they carry a match, reloading setup, and tips/strategy. The shooters include multiple golden bullet winners, AG Cup winners, NRL champions, and world champions – from coast to coast! Read this article to see which shooters will be featured, and learn about the next installment of the “What The Pros Use”!

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Wyoming ELR Scopes & Mounts – What The Pros Use

Best ELR Competition Scope

This article shows what scopes and scope mounts/rings the competitive rifle shooters were running at this year’s Nightforce ELR Steel Challenge in Casper, Wyoming. That is a one-of-a-kind, 2-day, flagship match with 20+ stages featuring targets from 720 to 2,091 yards. The average target distance is year was 1,180 yards, with 70% of the targets beyond 1,000 yards! When you’re reaching out to that kind of distance your scope and mount must be rock-solid! This article is based on a survey of 100+ competitors and shares what brands and models these guys trusted to make first-round hits.

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NF ELR Calibers & Cartridges – What The Pros Use

ELR Caliber Comparison

Over the past few weeks, I surveyed over 100 shooters who competed in this year’s Nightforce Extended Long Range Steel Challenge in Wyoming. I know a lot of you had questions about calibers, scopes and other gear guys were using, so I put together a survey, and the match director, Scott Satterlee, sent it to all the competitors. Over 100 shooters completed the survey, including 85% of the guys who finished in the top 25 overall. Thanks to all the guys who took the time to share. One of the fun things about the NF ELR match is it has ...

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6XC Load Data – What The Pros Use

6XC Load Data

The 6XC has been a popular choice among top-ranked precision rifle shooters since they first started having long range precision rifle matches. This past year there were 3 shooters using a 6XC in the top 25 in the PRS, and 4 in the top 25 in the NRL. It’s clearly a very capable round in the hands of a good shooter. This article shares the 6XC load data these top-ranked shooters are reloading in their match ammo.

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