Re: Does Strapping down your rifle result in tighter shot groups?
Well it sounds like you are having rifle issues. Not sure of your level of shooting, but sound mechanical to me. Check all of you norms: tight scope rings, tight base, barrel is free floating.
3 inches at 100yrds, tells me ther is a problem. My worst hand loads still produce 2 inches or less. On average 1.5 inches. Make sure your barrel is clean and that you are doing every thing the same. Factory loads out of a factory rifle should be in my opinion 2 inches or less, usually less.
You may have developed a flinch due to recoil. Try doing some dry firing to see if you flinch antisipating recoil. I would look into a decelorator pad to reduce the recoil also. If you can afford to do so, take your rifle to a gun smith and have him take a look and see if mechanically the rifle is sound. Trigger jobs generally are not the expensive for a factory trigger adjustment. My smith charges $35 to smooth and lighten the trigger pull.
Hope this helps and happy shooting.
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