Originally Posted by nwolf
How much efect can rocoil have on a rifles accuracy not counting a flinch. I ask becouse I have a .300 win mag that shoots anywhere from 1 to 3moa at 100 yards. Its a howa 1500 with a glass and pillar bedded richards microfit tac driver stock.
Although it kicks pretty hard I dont have a flinch. It has a tendency to miss a feed if I cycle it fast, so I do that on purpose without looking. I do it just to make sure I havnt developed a flinch. If it dry fires and I jump, or close my eyes then I know Ive got work to do.
My problem is that when it settles after the shot Im not looking at the target any more and it isnt always pointing the same direction after the shot. What can I do to help with my follow through.
I should add that when I shoot prone the rifle is a bit more well behaved except that it jumps on the bipod and twists in my hand.
Recoil occurs as the bullet exits the barrel because of the "equal and opposite" reaction. Essentially the expulsion of the bullet and hot gasses turns your barrel into something of a rocket moving in the opposite direction of the force which creates the recoil.
There is a small fraciton of gas which escapes ahead of the round, but not enough to cause a significant recoil effect.
As long as the bullet and gases remain in the barrel and chamber, there really is no movement of the rifle in the opposite direction.
In all likelihood your problem is your own reaction you just don't realize you are flinching.
As for not remaining on target, that is natural. Without a good muzzle brake you cannot.
Installing a good muzzle brake and good recoil reducing pad will do you a lot of good.
If it still won't shoot better than 1MOA it's a matter of skill or your rifle not liking the load providing that is, it's been properly accurized.