By: Jake Rush Outdoorsmans Manager
We have all been the FNG at some point in our lives, follow me as I overcome the daunting task of shooting PRS.
Undertaking any new endeavor in life can be daunting and nerve-racking. When I first started hunting, at the age of 20, I took the easiest route I could. My first big game hunt was for Javelina here in Arizona and I used a borrowed Winchester 30-30 to chase those little stink pigs through every wash in the unit. After finding success on that hunt I was hooked, and my next hunting purchase was a Martin Archery Longbow I picked up for one hundred dollars. This started me down a path as a die-hard Archery hunter for the past 15 years.
Even though I will never put my bow down, recently I have been seduced by the sexiness of the Precision Rifle Shooting Competitions. The beauty of the custom rifles, the complexities of shooting stages, and the attention given to the gear these guys carry reminds me of why I fell in love with archery in the beginning. Recently I decided to take the leap and dive head first into the rifle game with the purchase of my first precision rifle.
Choosing a rifle for something as specific as competition goes against almost everything I believe in when it comes to choosing outdoor gear. I like equipment that can be used for multiple applications. My fly-fishing waders become my duck hunting waders every October. Some would call me cheap, I like to refer to it as economical. So when I started searching for my first PRS rifle, I asked everyone I know who shoots their suggestion on what I should be looking for in a rifle.
The overwhelming response I got was to build a custom rifle from scratch. This process takes time, and honestly money that I wasn’t willing to spend. So a rifle off the shelf was my only option. Thankfully there are multiple new rifles on the market that were designed for the PRS shooter on a budget. So I set out to find the perfect rifle for my budget and fulfill all of my rifle needs. Oh and I am going to hunt with this rifle as well, two birds one stone.
Check back in with us next time as I discuss my process of choosing a rifle and see what rifle I ended up going with.