Re: to hold or not
Yer talkin' to one of the world's greatest, yeh right [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
Even shooting light and heavy varmint benchrest with 2oz trigger I couldn't just let it slide. Always did best when held very delicately. Kind of like holding........well never mind. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Firmness with which I hold into my shoulder is pretty much proportional to the size of the cartridge. 222 = gentle. 270/338/375 = firmly but not excessive.
Cheek weld, pressure of cheek against stock, consistency is very important.
When you put your cheek against the stock you want the full view of the target in the scope. Neck stretching/compressing is not a good thing.
Trigger pull is most probably the most important factor. If you do a lot of off-hand shooting it IS the most important factor.
Just the way I do it. Not saying its right or the best. But hey, it works for me.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!