I'm not deer stalking yet but do a lot of fox shooting with a 222.
I often find myself hesitating before a shot, which often means the charlie gets away.
Things that are putting me off:
Is the shot safe
Charlie is moving
Charlie appears not where i expected meaning needing to adjust position
Bullet path obscured by long grass mean i need to move
When i shoot prone or kneeling with long bipods i can reliably hit a 3 inch gong at 200 yards. This is obviously relaxed and when i'm comfy.
When on a charlie I hesitate much more as i've only got 1 shot that needs to be 100%. When out rabbit shooting with the 22lr semi auto i am much more successful as I'm not putting so much pressure on myself to ensure the first shot is perfect as i'll have 9 follow up shots available.
I know i can quickly cycle the bolt and fire off a second but i completely loose sight picture briefly (i keep my mag down on minimum 4.5x), which then once again forces me to ensure my first shot is bang on.
What practice can i do to improve myself? Myself and my shooting buddy both have the same problem so all we can think of is placing maybe 10 clays at random distances and at different angles and then taking it in turns to call one out for the other to quickly 'get on to' and shoot.
What tips have you guys got to get over the hesitation before pulling the trigger?
Thanks in advance