I don't know how others feel about it, myself I think it's very important to know your own capabilities and to be honest with yourself about them when working up a load. Other wise how are supposed to know what your rifle is capable of? so you already know that you can fight with a bipod some that's good, you know what you need to work on. Do you take notes after each shot at the range? Call your own shots write it down before you ever look to see where the bullet went? I do this and I feel it's the only way I could ever have any idea if a load has promise or not, how much you contribute to the group size. If you know that on a really good day your good for 1/2moa, ave day maybe 1 moa, bad day 2moa or more. The hard part about it is not stroking your own ego and convincing yourself your better than you are lol.
The reason I brought it up is it's one of the very few ways that you can identify:
Im wondering if its just me on the bipod or the vld not liking the seating depth.
ill be the the first to admit im not the most consistent on the bipod so i really feel someone else could have probably tightened up the group.
ive been shooting my whole life but this is the first time ive actually shot on paper and really watched my groups. so let me know what you guys with more exp get out of this thanks!
Trying to help you figure out just how much you contribute, or blow it
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.