Re: To Bed or Not Bed the Recoil Lug in New McMillian Edge Stock
Don't know exactly what scope you have, but does it have a side focus or adjustable objective to correct parallax ? If it does not, then you should check very carefully if you are experiencing parallax at 100 yards, the distance most scopes are supposed to be "corrected" for. I have bought some pretty expensive scopes that did not have side focus or AO and amazingly enough, they had a huge parallax problem at 100 yards. If you put the rifle in the rest and get it aligned with the target and then, without touching it at all, move your eye in a circle around the eyepiece (up/down/left/right) and see if the position of the cross hair on the target appears to move. The Minnox scope I had (brand new) showed about 2 min of parallax at 100 yards when I did this.
If you have parallax issues you will never shoot good groups. It seems you have a good trigger, so that should not be the issue either. The final thing is comfort/alignment of your face/eye with the scope before taking the shot and having the butt of the rifle firmly in your shoulder. I find it is easy to have a lot of variance when shooting off a bench compared to shooting prone, since only a small part of your body weight is behind the gun when shooting off a bench. The ideal scope position is also different for prone shooting compared to off the bench.
Other than that it is just a matter of practice and avoiding flinch.