When I went on my hunting for noobs expedition at Rancho de los Kees last November, my biggest concern – after first finding a deer and getting off a clean shot – was making sure that I hit what I was aiming at. Having never before killed anything bigger than a wasp, the last thing I wanted was to wound the animal and have to chase it down to put it out of its misery. Fortunately, all went well. Tyler’s Ruger M77 was all sighted in, I aimed where he told me to and hit where I aimed. The deer dropped like a rock and was dead before we got to him. So the thought of getting ready to take a second shot never really entered my mind, though it probably should have. Just in case. NRA contributor and Gunsite rangemaster Il Ling New advises keeping the rifle shouldered while you rack it for a follow-up shot. She even claims that it makes your first shot better, I assume because you’re not so quick to drop the rifle to see what you hit. Make sense?