SUB MOA Institute
SUB MOA is the Mountain West’s most prestigious long range shooting institute with individualized courses for everyone from the beginner to the advanced shooter. Instructor Justin Richins, has the training, experience and skills to fully explain and demonstrate the science of long range shooting so that those completing his courses are able to meet their goals of making accurate shots from a variety of positions and under different conditions. As a partner in the R & K Hunting Company, Justin Richins is one of the most experienced and successful outfitters in the industry and regularly guides hunters in their pursuit of trophy mule deer, trophy elk, and trophy Shiras moose at distances considered impossible just a few short years ago.In 2013, SUB MOA hosted a NRA Outdoors Long Range Shooting School at their Queen Mountain Guest Ranch near Evanston Wyoming. The event was so successful, several additional NRA events are scheduled for May 2014.
The long range shooting institute includes lodging at a 5-star quality guest ranch sitting on over a hundred square miles of pristine mountain property. With over 8,000 square feet of furnished living space and chef prepared meals, this beautiful lodge has all the amenities of home and then some.
Precision Long Range Hunting – Level 1
Day One – Morning Session
The basics of long range bullet flight and the conditions affecting its trajectory are explained on the first morning of the course following breakfast. Those conditions include atmosphere, elevation, wind, and other factors to be considered. There is a review of long-range shooting gear and the purpose of each piece of equipment including the rifle itself, optics, types and styles of ammunition. Individual shooter qualities, needs, strengths and limitations are reviewed.
After a break, course students will move out to the fixed rifle range with AR 500 steel targets spaced out every 100 yards out to 1,000 yards. Shooting from the bench position will ensue, using Caldwell Fire Control Rifle Rests and rear bag support. Participants are paired up in spotter/shooter combinations with each partner being taught the skills of each role. You will learn to rule out as many variables as possible that might affect accuracy, begin truing your ballistic coefficient or BC, and begin evaluating your high percentage of kill zone at various ranges. Each spotter is taught the art of spot tracing. You will also start a logbook to document the various shooting conditions that affect shot placement at long ranges prior to breaking for lunch.
Day One – Afternoon/Evening Session
The afternoon begins with a review of the morning instructions and time for Q & A. We will then move from the bench position to real world field shooting positions in spotter/shooter combinations from the prone, sitting, and kneeling positions. Practice will resume in each of these positions once again engaging the AR 500 steel targets and known yardages. Physical limitations will be addressed as needed and compensated for by using the latest in tools, equipment and technique adjustments.
After you and your spotter have each determined your high percentage range from the various field shooting positions, we move into the mountain country where you will engage targets out to 900 yards on slops with inclines ranging from eight to 18 percent. You will be ready for a chef prepared meal after all your work this first day.
Day Two – Morning Session
Day two of the long range shooting institute, SUB MOA offers you the opportunity to really put your knowledge to the test and maximize your skills through real world hunting simulations. Again, you will be in spotter/shooter pairs after a hearty breakfast and a brief classroom discussion. By engaging in long range hunting scenarios in mule deer and elk country, you will demonstrate your knowledge through action and will be amazed at how much you have progressed from the first day.
Moving out into the field, we begin by changing altitudes from the fixed position of day one at 5,300 ft. to an increase of nearly 10,000 ft. requiring adjustments based on altitude or barometer, temperature, wind conditions and inclines at various target distances. Our chef prepared lunch will be served after all targets have been engaged.
Day Two – Afternoon Session
The second afternoon will see participants advance to the wind course where they will rotate in a will clockwise rotation shooting under different wind situations from a stationary location in what is known as a flat wind or desert wind condition. Again, the wind course will take place with pairs of spotters/shooters engaging each target. The purpose of the wind course really demonstrates the value of your spotter under different wind circumstances when a second shot is required so that corrections can be make accordingly.
The day concludes with a good old Annie Oakley shooting competition so you can show off your recently acquired skill set. Each participant is then given a certificate for completion of Precision Long Range Hunting – Level 1.