Re: proper breathing etc.
My breathing technique is the same as demarpaint’s.
“I like to take a relaxed deep breath (not forcing in air, just deep). Then exhale until I feel comfortable, hold my breath at that point and take the shot. You don't want to hyperventilate or feel out of breath just comfortable, if you can't take the shot repeat.”
My marksmanship improved when I dropped my trigger pull weights down to a pound. I shoot very relaxed now thanks to something I just discovered a couple years ago.
For recoil, what I discovered was something completely new and goes against the grain for most but it really works for me and everyone else I have asked to try it. Kind of like my 100% guaranteed cure for hiccups. I started out with a 7mm Mag when I was 10 and used to carry a rolled up towel to put between me and the butt of that rifle. Once I grew into it I now shoot that gun free recoil. Then I got a good deal on a real low mileage German 7 pound 300Wby Deluxe. Now I know why. That thing kicked the crap out of me. It was getting the better of me. It seemed like the more padding I had between me and that gun the more that scope would graze me. It was extremely lively and really took a huge jump at me. It was very intimidating. I am no stranger to recoil but this thing was flat out scary to shoot. Much more of that thing and I would have been a flincher. Things all changed for me and that 300Wby when one day it was really hot out and all I had on was a tee shirt and a friend wanted me to spell him for a bit on his 338 Win Mag in the dreaded Ruger canoe paddle stock. This is accepted as one of the worst kicking stocks ever devised. We were chrono-graphing 185grain Barnes at 3200 fps when it dawned on me that this thing wasn’t hardly kicking me at all and that ballistically the load was equal to my 180’s at 3200. The difference was I had nothing between me and that hard pad. I immediately called for my Deluxe to try in a tee shirt. Viola! No more kick. No more scope in the face. When I shoot now I always open my jacket and get that butt in on my shirt or as close to bare skin as possible. Bare skin is best but not always practical. I really get some looks when people see me do this on the 338-378 but it works for me and everyone that has tried it that I shoot with. That 300Wby ended up shooting in a few groups under .3”.
From now on if I ever get a chance to shoot something really big you can bet it will be on my bare skin.
Some kids want to be a fireman or a doctor to help people. I wanted to be a gunsmith.
NRA Life Member and I vote.
Only accurate rifles are interesting.
Gordy and Brady.