Re: made a poor shot-why?
This sounds exactly like you didn't have a good rear support. This is quite common; at least for me. Your butt stock slips down slightly at firing time causing the bullet to shoot high. Your gun shoots perfectly at the bench with a good rear bag I'm sure, but out in the field - I'll bet you were using a coat that just didn't give enough friction against the butt stock - you're slipping. Either use a bean bag rear rest, or change your rifle butt pad into somthing really sticky, or get a different coat with a sticky shoulder pad, or best of all - do all three. I took a shooting course and it took me days of shooting to find out I had this problem. It can be extremely subtle and hard to detect. At least you were successful in your hunt. Congrats!!!!