High Angle Rifle Training – H.A.R.T. 4 Days October 18

Course Description

HART is the next step in the precision rifle series that stretches the reach of the of the shooter with their rifle. YOU MUST BE PHYSICALLY FIT AND CAPABLE to hike at high altitude for extended periods of time carrying your own rifle, ammo, gear, and water for the day. Most packs weigh at minimum 35 pounds fully loaded. Be prepared for a physically taxing course. HART class includes flat range work from pristine positions for the first two days of the class then places students in field expedient and practical shooting positions at intermediate and extended distances for 2 more days. In addition to flat range data students will experience and gain data from altitude while engaging targets at extreme angles with heavy and ever changing wind. Students must ensure their rifle is in sound working order with the ammunition they intend to bring (NO MAGNUMS). Students SHOULD come to class with a 100 yard zero already established in the rifle with the same ammunition and load they intend to shoot in the class. Students must also bring all necessary tools and wrenches to ensure their bases, rings, and scope are properly mounted and torqued daily. Students MUST also bring their manual for their scope and ARE REQUIRED to read their manual twice PRIOR to coming to class. Rifle packs that allow for hands free climbing are recommended. Mid-Range Rifle Course is recommended as a prerequisite. 500 rounds, NO MAGNUMS. $1500

All Tuitions for Courses and Tutorials are to be paid in full at the time of registration. Please be sure of the class you want. There are NO REFUNDS and NO TRANSFERS.

High Angle Rifle Training – H.A.R.T. 4 Days October 18

October 18, 2018 8:00 am
October 21, 2018 4:00 pm
Thunder Ranch Oregon 96747, Hwy 140 East, Lakeview, OR, 97630   View map
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
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7 reviews for High Angle Rifle Training – H.A.R.T. 4 Days October 18

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    H.A.R.T is not for the faint of heart (get it?). This course follows mid-range rifle training and basically doubles your firing distance/range. You will spend 2 days on the Adam Brown range shooting up to 700 yards and then 2 days on top of the surrounding mountains shooting up to 1500 yards. In order to succeed, you need to know your gun & scope. You should attempt to get in shape before attending the course (think hunting shape for the Rockies, Canada or Alaska). Our weather was snowy, windy and rainy but there was not a single complaint from anyone. The shooting positions are not meant to be ideal. In fact, it is supposed to simulate real life in shitty conditions (bench shooters need not apply). You will gain knowledge from the iconic Clint, you will meet interesting people (students) from all walks of life, you will gain insight from great instructors hand chosen by Clint, and you will enjoy the wonderful hospitality of Heidi (though she may out-shoot you). The team at Thunder Ranch run a professional school, they leave nothing unattended and the curriculum is well thought out. Do yourself a favor; challenge yourself, experience growth, learn from the best, make this school a priority.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great course! It is not complicated, but it is effective to get you shooting beyond 1000 yards in difficult conditions. The staff is excellent. The facilities are outstanding. The course attracts a variety of professionals and enthusiasts that add to the enjoyment.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    The staff, facilities and course are all top notch!! After two days of shooting on the Adam Brown range we were all hitting targets out to 700 yards with relative ease. I really enjoyed the last two days of shooting from elevation in challenging wind and snow conditions, figuring out how to find a stable firing position in the rocks, trees and uneven terrain and still being able to hit targets out to 1400 yards. Clint, Heidi and all the top notch staff members at TR did a fantastic job of teaching, pushing and generally challenging us all to become better, safer shooters! I can’t think of anything I’d want to change about the course and I know we all left as far better and more confident marksmen!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    The previous reviews have pretty much nailed it. HART is taught on a progressive format starting with the first 2 days working on zeros to 700 yards and team building. Just when you begin to feel good about things, up the mountains you go to put your knowledge to the test. The last 2 days you’ll push your legs and lungs to the tops of nearby peaks and engage targets from 600 to 1500 yards in less than ideal shooting positions. The staff are attentive to the students and are very knowledgeable about long range marksmanship. Clint and Heidi are professional and very welcoming to the students unlike any class I’ve been a part of before.
    This is an excellent program.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Rifles: by far the most important thing for this class in terms of equipment is to fit the rifle to you WHILE YOU ARE IN THE PRONE, not sitting on the shooting bench. Unload the gun. Triple check it is unloaded. Point in a safe direction. Turn the scope to maximum magnification. Get in the prone. Get behind the gun, close your eyes, and relax your head. Open your eyes. If you are not aligned properly in terms of height of your eye to the plane of the scope, you absolutely must correct this or you will be miserable. You can adjust the stock if yours is adjustable, add an aftermarket cheek piece, or redneck-engineer a cheek piece with duct tape and foam. Make sure you set the scope properly in terms of eye relief. Too close and you’ll knock yourself in the face under recoil. Too far away and you’ll see a fuzzy black ring indicating you are losing field of view. Check out Ryan Cleckner’s video on this process on YouTube.

    To beat a dead horse: make sure the gun fits you in the prone. Four days is a long time to be fighting the gun and straining your neck.

    You don’t need an expensive rifle. I shot a bone stock Remington 700 5R. Horrible stock. No detachable magazine. But I made it work.

    Scopes: two of us shot with variable scopes only to 10x; mine was a Leupold 3.5-10x and another shooter had a Nightforce. Both of us connected at ranges to 1,400 yards. Not kidding. You don’t need a ton of magnification for this class, but it wouldn’t hurt. If you mount the scope, base, and rings yourself, spend the money on a proper torque driver and torque wrench. You are spending thousands on gear, ammo, and training. Don’t pinch pennies when it comes time to properly assemble the components. Torque precisely. Use degreaser and Loctite if recommended by the manufacturer.

    If you are buying a scope, everyone had mil reticle/mil knobs except one shooter. He had MOA/MOA and the spotters simply gave him corrections in MOA. Not a problem. Make sure the knobs and reticle match. First focal plane is the way to go in my opinion. There were a lot of beautiful rigs on the line: Schmidt and Bender, Kahles, Nightforce, etc. Most guys had power to 24x or 25x. If you ask politely, they’ll let you get behind and maybe shoot them.

    Ammo: op-check your ammo with the rifle you are bringing to class. Zero at 100 yards with the ammo you’ll bring. What a bummer to find out there is a problem with your ammo once you are at class. Get the best match ammo you can afford, or roll your own. Don’t bring Bubba’s Badass Reloads to a class you are spending thousands to attend.

    Get a Rite in the Rain notepad and pen set. Keep it in a heavy Ziploc. You can get a fancier dope book, but you can get by with a small notepad.

    The weather was brutal. All your stuff will get soaked. We had a driving snowstorm in the morning turn into rain in the mid 30s. Don’t wear any cotton at all. Wool, Gore-Tex, and synthetics are your friends. Get some gloves that give you some dexterity to load the rifle. I used Patagonia glove liners and they worked well.

    I didn’t want to buy a dedicated rifle pack, so I used my backpacking pack and a garbage bag. It worked.

    Sharing a coffee and a warm cookie with Clint and Heidi in their home after a challenging day on the hill was really special. Great people.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic class. The HART class involved shooting from 100-1500 yards and from a number of improvised shooting positions. Fantastic instruction from Clint, Roger and staff. This is a very hands on class. Shooting long distances in field conditions with a shifting wind exposes the limits of your equipment and technique. I would definitely make certain you have had a chance to fully shake down your equipment prior to the class. Being confident in your gear makes it much easier to concentrate on your job.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erik W

    I came to this class with approximately two hours of rifle experience. Within a day, I couldn’t miss within 300 yards. And on Day 3, I hit targets 1,200 yards away, through snow and wind. (Ok, it’s possible there was some luck involved here…) But seriously, the experience was one for the life list. Stellar instruction, an exceptional location, great comradery, and an excellent mix of pure professionalism and good-natured humor. I feel extremely fortunate to have met and learned from the whole cast of instructors and classmates. I highly recommend this class and sincerely look forward to getting back to Thunder Ranch for more learning. Big thanks to Heidi and all the guys!

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