Rifle Range Kit

Forgetting one simple item could ruin the relaxing session at the rifle range you had been looking forward to all week. It is especially frustrating if you had to travel some distance, it will be dark soon, bad weather is approaching, you won't have another opportunity to sight-in before the season starts, or you'll lose your place on the firing line if you leave to get the item. Assembling a rifle range kit before you depart for the range will prevent this frustration.

Below is a list of items recommended by the staff of About-Shooting to include in a rifle range kit. Certain items listed are essential. Others will simply make your range session more pleasant. Either way, it is better to have an item and not need it than to need it and not have it.

You may have some of the items around the house or garage. Some items that relate directly to shooting can be ordered from BrownellsSinclair InternationalPolice StoreBass Pro Shops, and Amazon.

Rifle Range Kit
  • To organize, carry, and store shooting range items.
  • If your range does not have permanent shooting benches.
  • If you prefer your portable shooting bench over the permanent benches at your range.
  • Or if you want to sight in and practice from the same benchrest you will use to hunt.
  • To stabilize your rifle while you aim.
  • To support the buttstock.
  • To position and hold the reticle on the bullseye.
Shooting Bench Pad
  • To prevent the shooting bench from marring your rifle.
Sight-In Vise
  • To hold your rifle while you adjust the scope.
  • If you prefer to sight-in and practice in the prone shooting position.
  • To sight-in and practice shooting with the same bipod you will use for hunting.
  • To understand bullet trajectory.
  • To determine the best zero range for your rifle and ammunition.
  • To provide an aiming point.
  • To record bullet holes.
  • So you can keep a copy at the shooting bench to plot bullet holes.
Target Backer
  • A sheet of cardboard or posterboard to which you can tape, tack, or staple paper targets.
Target Frame / Holder
  • To support the target backer.
  • If your shooting range does not have target frames installed.
Bubble Level
  • To be certain your target is hanging level.
  • A small one will work.
  • To determine your ammunition’s trajectory.
Laptop Computer
  • To run the ballistics program.
  • To discover what velocity to enter into the ballistics program.
  • In case you are wondering how your ammunition stacks up against the advertised muzzle velocity.
  • To hold the chronograph.
  • To check your targets without taking a hike downrange.
  • To align the scope reticle with the rifle bore before sighting-in.
  • A target to aim at while boresighting.
  • To measure the distance to the target if your shooting range is not already surveyed and clearly marked.
  • To plot the target positions at the range.
  • To determine the click adjustment value for your scope if the zero range is other than 100 yards.
  • To measure the windspeed.
Wind Flag
  • To show which way the wind is blowing.
Fluorescent Orange Vest
  • To wear downrange when you post, check, or retrieve targets.
Shooting Jacket
  • Your jacket fitted to you for shooting.
Shooting Glove / Mitt
  • If shoot using a sling for support.
  • For protection from heavy recoil.
Hearing Protection
  • To prevent gun blast from damaging your hearing.
Shooting Glasses
  • To protect your vision if a cartridge case ruptures.
Gun Cradle
  • To hold your rifle if you have to do maintenance.
Gunsmith Screwdriver Set
  • If you have to do maintenance on your rifle.
Hex / Torx® Key Set
  • In case you have to loosen or tighten the scope base or rings.
  • To find scope mount screws that have been dropped in the grass or gravel.
Lens Cleaning Kit
  • To clean riflescope, spotting scope, or laser rangefinder lenses.
Bore Cleaning Kit
  • To dry the rifle bore before you shoot and clean it after you shoot.
Rifle Logbook / Shooter’s Log
  • To record shots fired, shot groups, preferred ammunition, scope adjustments, zero range, etc.
  • To hold a range card, a trajectory table, a click adjustment table, and extra targets.
  • To use as a writing surface when you walk downrange to check your target.
  • To take notes, of course.
  • To write notes in the notepad.
Markers (of various colors)
  • To connect bullet holes on the target to indicate shot groups.
  • To plot bullet holes on the duplicate target you kept at the shooting bench.
  • To tape targets to the target backer.
  • To cover bullet holes in the target.
  • To tack targets to the target backer.
  • To measure shot groups on the target.
  • To use as a straight edge for drawing lines.
  • To complete mathematic calculations.
  • To insert into scope windage and elevation dial slots to make adjustments.
  • To help find your way downrange to retrieve your target when it gets dark.
  • To help you see to gather the other rifle range kit items when it gets dark.
  • Batteries for your flashlight, laser boresighter, laser rangefinder, chronograph, and laptop computer.
Rifle Case
  • So you do not bump the scope or sights out of whack on your way home after you went through all that trouble to sight in.
  • Do not forget to take your rifle when you go to the rifle range.
Rifle Sling
  • If you shooting using a sling for support.
  • Do not forget to take ammunition.
Snap Caps
  • To practice your rifle shooting technique without expending ammunition.
Rifle Sling
  • If you shooting using a sling for support.
  • To cover your rifle range equipment if it starts to rain or snow.
  • To spread on the ground to help gather fired cartridge cases if you intend to reload ammunition.
Toilet Paper
  • Just in case.
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