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What could be wrong with my technique?

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Unread 04-07-2012, 07:51 PM
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What could be wrong with my technique?

While dry firing prone off bipod the cross hairs move .5 to the left. It happens mostly when I load the bipods and have a firm cheek weld. Ive tried adjusting position, hold and trigger pull but it pretty consistently moves the half-inch to the left at 100 yards. The only thing that seems to work is no cheek weld and light pressure in the shoulder. Is this normal for the POA to shift like this or is there something wrong with my shooting technique. My groups with this gun are usually around .4 to .6 MOA @ 100 yards.
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    Unread 04-07-2012, 08:25 PM
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    Re: What could be wrong with my technique?

    Would need more details on exact setup, but it seems as if the problem is you. If your hold is rock solid on a dry fire the crosshair should be exactly where it was before you fired, unless you have an extremely light rifle and a super hard hitting firing pin.
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    Unread 04-07-2012, 10:43 PM
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    Re: What could be wrong with my technique?

    Yea I figured it was me. The gun is 13# with a Defiance action,a tactical setup. When I shoot matches I useally load the bipods pretty good so I can see my hits
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    Re: What could be wrong with my technique?

    How heavy is your trigger set?
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    Unread 04-07-2012, 11:16 PM
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    Re: What could be wrong with my technique?

    it could also be that you are not pulling the trigger straight back
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    Unread 04-07-2012, 11:22 PM
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    Re: What could be wrong with my technique?

    If its when you pull the trigger and you already have established good natural point of aim, it has got to be something to do with body positioning. Especially since you do it without recoil.

    My guess is that your hand hold is rather to tight, remeber to hold on just enough that you can control the rifle through recoil.
    You hand could have an unnatural postion or stock fit is poor, causeing you to fight the gun for a good squeeze.
    elbow positioning can be a problem. If your anchor points arent rock solid, your shot wont be either.
    If you load up your bi-pod legs hard and have a straight on approach (body lines up with the gun, not canted with one leg up) make sure you load up both legs equally.

    Some people might not feel that that much thought goes into your body position, but I do... maybe it aint worth much, but its how I shoot.
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    Unread 04-08-2012, 12:52 AM
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    Re: What could be wrong with my technique?

    Darrel Holland has a video on here about shooting off a bipod, in the vid section. He addresses the issue you're having. Loading, pulling hard, or gripping hard will all impart movement. Any time you put energy into a stock the stock goes somewhere when given the opportunity to move. Watch the vid.
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