Originally Posted by Clayne B
Dry fire is excellent practice
Shooting alot of .22lr will help also, but that will make you relaxed when it comes to recoil management.
I notice when I shoot my .308 if I load the bipod, recoil is much more manageable.
anyways, hope you can take something from this.
Good point..I should have mentioned this and some other shooting fundamentals.
Yes, load your bipod, but how you load your bi-pod is more important.
This is hard to describe, but I will try me best.
Square your chest, shoulders, and upper body to the rifle and target. As you settle in on target rock your chest/shoulders slightly forward. Someone watching you should barely see the movement...The rifle should rock slightly forward, but you don't need to strain the bipod legs here!
You aren't so much loading the bipod as you are giving the rifle something consistent to recoil off of.
So you are in position and on target.
Close your eyes, take a few breaths and relax, then count to 5.
The sight is off target isn't it?
See where your rifle is pointed? That is your Natural Point of Aim. Carefully adjust your body position until you get it right. This is a learned skill...so teach yourself!
If you want to be a precise shooter the buck stops here.
When the environmentals are right squeeze off the shot.
So how do you know when you have it wrong?
1) The rifle will crow hop left or right under recoil...When I said square I meant perfectly square. You will have to experiment with contact points and slight body position changes. Make sure your trigger finger/pull is 90 degrees to the bore axis. Do not choke the hell out of the rifle.
2) The rifle crow hops 12:00
Ever wonder why you randomly sail bullets over the target?
Your contact point or center of gravity is too low.
Until you get the rifle recoiling the same every time you are sending the bullet to slightly different zip codes. I can tell you about it, but you must perfect this feel and skill for yourself.
How do you know when you have it perfect?
Your upper body absorbs and completely absorbs/dampens recoil and the rifle moves very little.
After the rifle impulse your sight comes back on target and you get to see the bullet trace/impact through your scope.
When you get it right you will feel that Jedi warrior thing!