Book Introduction by Shepard Humphries

This book is not just a 6.5 Creedmoor ELR Book, though we do have some 6.5 Creedmoor rifles that we enjoy!


Shepard’s Introduction:

There are only a few foundational elements of extreme long range shooting.

  1. Good gear
  2. Aim the tube in the correct direction
  3. Keep the tube aimed in the correct direction as the bullet exits. (ELR Book 6.5 Creedmoor)

Simple, right?  Well, yes, the basic elements are simple, but not easy.  There are a number of aspects within each element that really take some knowledge and practice to master ELR shooting.  We will examine each of these elements.  

There are many small horses that must come before many carts in the study of long range shooting.  This book will hop, skip and jump from tangent to metaphor to core principle to anecdote. We decided to put the “Shooting Fundamentals” section almost at the end of the book.  We suggest that the reader relaxes and simply absorb the material with a calm and fun attitude.  

Extreme Long Range Shooting Handbook ELR BookMany excellent books cover the complex depth of the science of long range shooting, so why did Scott and I decide to take on the monumental task of producing a book?  We were not satisfied with any of the books currently available as being appropriate for the person who places a high value on their time, wants “just the facts ma’am” and prefers an easy-going style based on helping readers deeply understand.  Many existing books achieve their author’s goal of making the author look brilliant. Three months after putting the book down though, little was memorable.

We suggest that you have some highlighters handy, perhaps your yellow highlight means that you liked a section, the green highlight is a reminder to read again, a pink highlight means either the section was poorly written or that you do not yet understand it.  Maybe a red circle means that we are flat-out wrong, and you will be kind enough to let us know.

This book’s first edition is designed for the beginner to intermediate level recreational shooter interested in shooting out to 1 mile and more.  It is not perfect for hunters or hired killers of men, and is imperfect for experienced PRS competitors or for 3-mile shooters.  

The Ultimate Guide to Extreme Long Range Shooting Fun
The Ultimate Guide to Extreme Long Range Shooting Fun

We are shooting instructors, some say among the best in the world.  We are not mathematicians, scientists, metallurgy experts, physics brainiacs or gunsmiths.  We are not top-level competitive shooters in benchrest, Palma, ELR or PRS. To be a scientist requires different skills and natural abilities than being a high level competitor.  The guy that designs basketballs typically does not also serve as an NBA player, team owner, coach and sports physiologist. If you are looking for members of your long range competitive shooting team, we are not right for the job.  If you want to learn as much as possible from a couple guys that explain things in a respectful and understandable way that share your passion for the sport, we invite you to join us for a few hours and revisit these pages as questions pop up as your shooting career continues.

In this 6.5 Creedmoor ELR Book, we will assume use of the 147g Hornady bullets at 2,650 fps as a theme unless stated otherwise.  We will introduce you to three fictional friends, Bill, Bob and Randy. We anticipate that you will identify with more than the other two. You will follow these characters throughout the book, and as your years of shooting pass by, you will likely meet many friends that remind you of one of them.

Author Shepard Humphries, 6.5 Creedmoor ELR Book
Author Shepard Humphries

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Author Shepard Humphries is an extreme long range shooting instructor, founder of the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience, Nomad Rifleman and Shepard Security Solutions among other ventures.

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