Re: Shooting Sling and POI
I think you've already hit the nail on the head.
Pressure bedded, pulling the stock away from the barrel. Even just the slightest amount can move the barrel enough to make shots hit a little lower.
The change in recoil because of the sling is probably doing this too, to an extent, but I am seriously doubting 2" worth at 100 yds.
A test you can try is to shoot off a bench/sandbag rest letting the rifle "free recoil". Then shoot off the same bench/bag rest and tightly hold the forend down against the front bag (being careful to hold the stock only, not the barrel too). You may see a difference, but again; doubt it's 2" at 100 yds.
I plan to soon have a rifle re-done. It'a a sporter with a light barrel. I plan to keep a light barrel, but will ask the smith to put on the lightest possible barrel than can still be free floated and shoot good. I don't want any stock pressure against a barrel. I've seen too many rifles that shot inconsistent or shot groups way bigger than desired due to the stock touching the barrel (granted, they mostly have been light varmint weight barrels, and they shot alot better after being free floated).
Last edited by SBruce; 09-11-2010 at 11:14 AM.