Long-Range Precision Rifle Expanded Edition

The Complete Guide to Hitting Targets at Distance

by Anthony Cirincione II


8.5" x 11", 216 pages
photos, illust.

  • Description
  • Author Bio
  • Chapter List
In his original version of Long-Range Precision Rifle, U.S. Army sniper and avid precision rifle and long-range rifle shooter, competitor, and enthusiast Anthony Cirincione II put extreme accuracy with a precision rifle within the reach of any shooter. His instruction was based on 26 months of combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and his training of squad-designated marksmen for his battalion. His precision-shooting book proved to be an instant best-seller. In this expanded edition, Cirincione adds five new sections:

  • "External Ballistic Truing." Although he briefly detailed the process of external ballistic truing in the first edition, given the level of importance to midrange and long-range target engagement, he believes that the process of truing deserves a detailed description.
  • "Determining Fast and Correct Windage Adjustments or Holds." Cirincione covered the creation of a custom windage card for specific guns and pet loads in the first edition, but this added windage section shares his current process. The old way works fine, but his new method is faster and more precise, and doesn't require you to look at a card. As always, the process can be applied to any caliber you are using.
  • "Midrange and Long-Range Target Engagement: Magneto Speed V3 Ballistic Chronograph vs. External Ballistic Truing." This section features a report Cirincione sent to the U.S. Army Sniper School outlining the testing of a barrel-mounted chronograph. The test pitted the device against his current method of external ballistic truing, given target engagements from 100 to 1,000 yards. It gives you a couple of different options to get on target at extended range.
  • "How to Build a Switch-Barrel Rifle, and the Process of Swapping Barrels." As Cirincione has moved away from factory bolt-action rifles and into custom-built guns, he thought readers would appreciate information on how to build one. Not only that, but he also includes specific information on how to remove and add barrels of different calibers to that same stock and action.
  • "Suppressed Subsonic Shooting." This section is about precision shot placement with subsonic ammo out to 400 yards.

Long-Range Precision Rifle: Expanded Edition lays out the most up-to-date methods for getting the most out of whatever rifle you are using. After discussing rifle, ammunition and optic selection, Cirincione reveals his tried-and-true methods of gathering and recording data. He takes you step-by-step through the process of discovering how to make your rifle perform at its peak with every shot. You will also learn how to adjust for environmental factors and obstructions that lie between you and your target, and discover why handloading and building your own precision cartridges is an extra step well worth taking.

"Anthony Cirincione was an amazing teacher while helping me get ready for sniper school. His knowledge and meticulous rifle setup techniques were instrumental to my success. As a U.S. Army Sniper School instructor, I have been able to pass on everything he taught me to students and further help the sniper community."

—SSG Dustin Campbell,
U.S. Army Sniper School,
Ft. Benning, GA
Anthony J. Cirincione II is a U.S. Army sniper and avid precision rifle and long-range rifle shooter, competitor, and enthusiast. He has 26 months' worth of combat deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan, and has trained multiple groups of squad-designated marksmen for his battalion.
1) Rifle and Ammunition Selection
- What Is a Precision Rifle?
- Purposes for Precision Rifles
- Caliber and Cartridge Selection
- Choosing a Rate of Twist
- Accuracy Guarantee
- Putting It All Together
- Action Screws
- Attaching the Scope Base
- Attaching the Bottom Ring Halves
- Setting Your Cheek Height
- Setting the Eye Relief of Your Riflescope and Attaching the Top Ring Halves
- Verify That Your Barrel Is Floated in the Stock
- Let's Shoot
2) Scope Mechanics: Minutes of Angle and Mils
- All Scopes Are Not Created Equal
- True and Consistent Riflescope Adjustments
- Using Minutes of Angle in Riflescopes
- Using a Riflescope with Target Knobs
- Two Ways to Zero Using Target Knobs, and One Method to Avoid
- Using a BDC Elevation Knob
- Using a Mil-Dot Reticle for Ranging Targets, Holding during Shots, and Obtaining a Zero
- Practical Exercise
- Capabilities of Different Riflescopes and Selecting the One for You
- Scope Tube Diameter
- First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
3) Gathering Data, Manipulating Ballistic
- Software, and Creating a Ballistic Card
- Getting on Paper at Range
- Making the Ballistic Card
- Shooting Two Different Types of Loads Out of the Same Gun
- Keeping and Using a Sniper Data Book
4) High-Angle Shooting
- Adjusting for High Angle Based on Flat-Ground Distance
- Flat-Ground Distance Tailored to Your Ballistic Profile
5) Compensating for Changing Environmental Conditions
- Compensating for Windage
- Fabricating a Custom Wind Chart
- Compensating for Temperature
- Compensating for Altitude
- Compensating for Barometric Pressure
- A Quick Word about Humidity
- Practical Exercise
6) Shooting Over or Under Obstructions
- Practical Exercise
7) Handloading for Precision Rifles
- Performance Analysis: Factory Match-Grade Ammunition vs. Quality Handloads
- Building Precision Cartridges
- Determining Your Accuracy Load
- A Quick Word on Velocity
- Case Prep: Resizing, Depriming, and Cleaning
- Lot Your Brass by Weight!
- Weighing a Powder Charge
- Seating the Bullet
- Crimping the Bullet
- Handloading for the .338 Lapua Magnum
- More Handloading Techniques
- Trajectory Difference Between Fired and Unfired Brass
- Determining Your Most Accurate Cartridge Overall Length
8) Barrel Care: Extending Barrel Life, Accuracy, and Understanding Cold-Bore Shift
- Avoiding Pitting the Bore
- Clean-/Cold-Bore Adjustments
- Bore-Cleaning Process
- Avoiding Throat Erosion
9) The Fundamentals of Marksmanship and the Importance of a Steady Firing Position
- The Fundamentals of Marksmanship
- Applying the Fundamentals
- Natural Firing Position
10) Appendices
- External Ballistic Truing
- Determining Fast and Correct Windage Adjustments or Holds
- Midrange and Long-Range Target Engagement: Magneto Speed V3 Ballistic Chronograph Vs. External Ballistic Truing
- How to Build a Switch-Barrel Rifle, and the Process of Swapping Barrels
- Suppressed Subsonic Shooting