Yeah, I'm hearing that message loud and clear. Thanks everybody. I made some adjustments in my benchrest set up today when I went to the range. Front bag was on the stock 5" away from the end of the stock; barrel was free.
Shot .5 MOA and my velocity stabilized greatly from shot to shot. What a difference, and no fliers. I'm glad it was something easy and free (you know how this sport can catch up with you dollar wise quickly if your not watching).
I'm very happy with my set up now. I just need to settle in on a midrange scope--a good beginners scope that I can upgrade from if I really get into the long range regularly--but not so cheap that it is a complete waist from the beginning.
What do you guys think about the Vortex 6-24x50 (the old 1" tube that is on sale for $99 on www.swfa.com
)? I like the price and the reviews on the scope. Supposed to be fully multicoated, clear, and have clean, percise MOA adjustments. Only concern is that it list max MOA adjustment of 25. If that means 25 total (12.5 above and 12.5 below zero), I would need a 20 MOA base to use this scope long range...even then it might max out short. If it is 25 above and 25 below zero, I should be OK close to 1000 yards with my 7RM.