Originally Posted by FEENIX
I use a modified lead sled mostly during load development. Once satisfied, I shoot it in prone (my most likely shooting position afield and w/ bipod) and make necessary adjustments as required.
I LOVE my sled for load development, but as soon as I stretch its legs, it's prone with bipods, & rear bag.
Nothing at all wrong with using a sled. As long as your consistant in your mounting, & shooting technique, & everything is repeatable, it's easy to tell what your rifle likes or doesn't while developing loads. Its simply another tool for taking away variables, & helping with consistancy. A 1/4" longer length of pull doesn't really mean squat shooting off a bench. I adjust my seat hight accordingly for comfort & consistant cheekweld. Repeatability, & consistancy is everything for accuracy.
Once I've narrowed down what my rifle likes, it's on to the prone position, & distance for fine tuning, without my sled.
Building a comfy shooting position, that is repeatable is just as important here, & I find it much easier without any rests etc. except bi-pod & bag. Not to mention its simulating real hunting positions etc.
I will say however, that practice shooting at distance while prone in the back of my pickup is much easier than picking a clear line of fire thru sagebrush, & grass, eventhough it's not simulating real hunting
I find it quite comfy, & as long as the muzle brake is PAST THE END OF THE BED, it's quite a pleasant experience.
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