Re: Front Rest Placement
To me, its more of a recoil/gunweight issue as anything else. If the gun is heavy enough that it dosen't jump off the bags, or give you unusual, unexplainable vertical, then as you describe, out near the forend tip is a good place to set up. If its lighter, youll have to go to a more rearward bag setup, and apply some downward pressure to the forend. Id suggest simply letting your arm provide extra weight, by hanging it off the bottom if you can, since thats easier to do consistantly than puling down with a certan amount of pressure. Youll probably just have to experiment a little and see how it rides the bags. What does it weigh? that will be a major predictor. In my experence, that line is in the 10-12lb with max power 300WM loads (about 20-22ft/lbs of free recoil energy) Lighter? rear bag and pressure. Heavier? let the forend do its own thing. Just be superanal about being consistant in the pressure you apply with your shoulder, your fingerplacement/ grip pressure, and cheek placement/pressure and you will be fine. The lighter the gun, the more effect "hold" variations will affect the outcome.