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Riflecraft 250 - Precision Rifle Course


Basic Tuition Package

$1050 per person

Inclusive Tuition Package*

$2065 per person


*Inclusive tuition package includes rental of an APO Precision Rifle, required ammunition & support equipment - visit here to learn more

Note: a minimum of 6 participants are required to hold open enrollment courses.

3 Days

This Riflecraft course is a hands-on program that develops the student's marksmanship skills on targets out to five hundred yards under field conditions. The focus of Riflecraft 250 is teaching and training students to consistently engage a variety of different sized steel targets with precision aimed fire to better than one minute of angle accuracy at known and unknown distances. This course develops the student’s precision rifle marksmanship skills to form a solid foundation for recreational target shooting, organized match competitions or hunting varmints, predators and big game. There are no physical strength or agility requirements for Riflecraft 250 course. We ask only that you bring a positive attitude, enthusiasm and a desire to learn!

Emphasis is placed on positional shooting and use of slings & bipods to reproduce shots taken in actual field conditions. Students work alternately in shooter-spotter pairs during live fire range training and get plenty of high quality spotting and trigger time. Calibers from .223 Rem/5.56 NATO to .338 Lapua Magnum are acceptable for use in this course. It is suggested that students consider non-magnum calibers due to the number of rounds fired over the 3 day course. Sound suppressors are highly encouraged. Lunch and refreshments are provided each day and a Certificate of Completion is awarded at the conclusion of the course.

Riflecraft 250 Instruction & Training
  • Range safety briefing

  • Rifle safety inspection

  • Precision rifle: selection, orientation, nomenclature, familiarization & operation

  • Rifle scopes & reticles

  • MIL-MOA-IPHY optic adjustments

  • Precison rifle accessories

  • Ammunition: caliber & bullet selection

  • Ballistics 101: internal, external & terminal

  • Rifle chronographing & range cards

  • Intro to ballistic software

  • Maximum point blank range

  • Meterological effects on bullets in flight

  • Fundamentals of precision rifle marksmanship

  • Shooting positions: standing, kneeling, sitting, prone

  • Alternate shooting positions

  • Introduction to supported shooting: sling, shooting sticks, bipod, monopod & tripod

  • Reading the wind, wind calls & shot corrections

  • Data Book: Data on Previous Engagements (D.O.P.E.)

  • Shooter-spotter operations & communications

  • Range estimation & use of laser range finders

  • Range preparation

  • Establishing a pre-shot routine

  • Zeroing, grouping & cold bore 100 yds & 200 yds

  • Come ups, hold overs & hold offs

  • Night shooting demo: night vision & thermal imagers

  • Engaging reactive steel targets 25 to 500 yds

  • Maintenance of precison rifles & optics

Course Dates
Course Dates

Ashbury offers our Riflecraft Courses throughout the year at our Virginia facilities. We also schedule courses to fit the busy schedules of our many clients. If you would like to attend a course and have a scheduling conflict, simply call us and we will do everything we can to accommodate you or your group. Visit our Calendar Page or our At-a-Glance Page to review our current schedules.  Questions?  Please contact our Training Coordination Team or call 434-296-8600 and ask for the training department.

Class Size

This APO Riflecraft training course is offered at Spears Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia south of Charlottesville. Students arriving by commercial aircraft may choose to fly into either Richmond Virgnia or Charlottesville Virginia – each about 1 ½  to 2 hour drive from Spears Mountain.  Dulles International and Reagan National Airports in Washington D.C. are about a 3 ½ hour drive.  Students may also choose to arrive in Lynchburg Virginia, a closer regional airport which is about an hour's distance from Spears Mountain.  Guests arriving by private aircraft will find excellent facilities at any of these airports. Visit our Travel & Accommodations page for complete information, including recommendations on hotels and other lodging options.

Should you desire, our Training Coordination Team stands at the ready to assist you with all your air and ground travel arrangements.

Class Size

Ashbury’s goal is to ensure that you have a positive hands-on RifleSports experience, so we keep our class sizes small. The Precision Rifle course can accommodate up to 12 students. Riflecraft instruction is also offered in personalized settings for individuals, partners, parent-youth and small groups of friends or associates.

Included with Tuition
Included with Your Tuition

The Basic Tuition Package includes the course fee, handouts, 1 MOA Precision Rifle Data Book, Long Range Shooting Handbook, course equipment listed below, lunch and refreshments.  Our Inclusive Tuition Package is designed for those who may not yet own a precison rifle or want the opportunity to shoot a premium quality APO precision rifle.  300 rounds of ammunition and any necessary support equipment is also provided. All that's needed is you!


Course Equipment

Course Equipment Provided
  • Shooting benches

  • Shooting mats

  • Spotting Scopes

  • Tripods

  • Eye protection

  • Hearing protection

  • Maintenance gear

  • Spare optics

  • Backup precision rifle

We ensure all of our students are fully outfitted with high quality equipment which will make your Riflecraft training experience positive and memorable. If you have any questions, please contact our Training Coordination Team or call 434-296-8600 and ask for the training department. We look forward to answering your questions! If you have a special needs, dietary restrictions, allergies or physical impairment please let us know, we’ll do everything we can to accommodate you! 


Required Student Equipment
Required Student Equipment

Here is a list of equipment you’ll need to fully participate in the Riflecraft 250 course. If you don’t have all of the equipment needed please let our training department know. Ashbury has complete precision rifle equipment kits and loaner gear for rent. You may want to consider registering for an Inclusive Tuition Package which includes all the gear you'll need for training. We also extend students discounted pricing on all firearms and shooting sports equipment.

  • Rifle in good & safe working order *
    (capable of 1 MOA accuracy or better)


  • Rifle scope with fixed or adjustable magnification

  • 300 rounds of factory ammunition
    (no handloads, steel core, AP or tracer accepted)


  • Ballistic software or app with PDA or smartphone
    (remember charger & spare batteries)


  • Shooting sling (2 point recommended)

  • Range pack or backpack

  • 3 Magazines
    (if your rifle uses detachable box magazines)


  • Bipod

  • Cleaning kit

  • Season-appropriate outerwear

  • Sturdy hiking boots

  • Hat with brim

*All calibers are acceptable (.22LR through .50BMG) - special accommodations are required for magnums, super magnums and .50BMG

Required Student Equipment and Gear
Recommended Gear
Recommended Gear

Riflecraft training is an active outdoor activity that takes place in the field under a wide range of weather conditions. So here is a list “nice to have” equipment that will make life afield much more comfortable for you.

Recommended  Gear to be Provided by Student
  • Sun glasses, spare eye glasses or contact lenses

  • Contact lense fluid

  • Eye drops

  • Binoculars

  • Camera

  • Foul weather gear

  • Hydration system or reusable water bottle

  • Insect repellent

  • Sun screen & lip balm

  • Knee & elbow pads

  • Tool kit complete with In/Lbs torque wrenches

  • Gear bag

Premium Package
Inclusive Package Included Rental Equipment
  • APO precision rifle with spare magazines *

  • Premium variable magnification rifle scope (Leupold, Schmidt & Bender, Nightforce, or Tangent Theta/Premier or US Optics)

  • 300 Rounds of premium Hornady or Ruag Ammunition (centerfire ammo)

  • Shooting sling

  • Knee & elbow pads

  • Bipod

  • Cleaning kit

  • Range bag or backpack

*Calibers subject to availability (.223, .330BLK, .308Win, 6.5 Creedmoor)

Special accommodations and increased pricing are necessary for

magnums, super magnums and .50BMG

Inclusive Tuition Package

If you opt for the Inclusive Tuition Package for the course then you don’t have to worry about required student equipment, as we’ll take care of that for you! Here is a list of the rental equipment included in the Inclusive Package tuition fee.

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