Len, it is all in the rifle set up. Once the load/rifle is proven to be accurate with no vertical or fliers, you just need to shoot and observe what it does relative to conditions.
A 'driveable' rig is easy to figure out. Easy to adjust for.
What I find with many situations is the rifle shoots a few smoking groups. That becomes the accepted norm. Go further and all the gremlins start to pop up dissappointing the shooter.
Been there - maybe write another article
I am honest with what my rifle can and cannot do. Some barrels shoot. Others don't. Sometimes you need to go through a few pipes before you find one that is accurate. This is pipe Number 3 from this manufacturer but the first of the super match line. The other two were from a lesser grade and boy, did it show.
Sticking to a top line maker sure helps reduce the number of installs. But does not guarantee success as I am painfully finding out right now. $$$$$ Ouch.
Unless there is something grossly wrong during the shot, we have to count ALL shots. Especially, those flyers. Best 4 out of 5 doesn't cut it. It's that flyer that will definitely nip you in the field.
It's the average of your LARGEST groups that determines the accuracy of your rifle. Not your smallest
I can honestly say that this rifle is EASY to shoot as shown by the other shooters who did what I did and had never shot that rifle before. Lionel hit the sub MOA rock at 1 mile on his first shot - the BUM!. They trusted that whatever adjustment I told them to make, the rifle delivered.
Need 8" of windage, aim over 8", HIT. None of this a little high, a little low, a smidge left then right. Chasing the target around like it is a scared rabbit.
If the target is sized for the accuracy of the rifle, the bullets should land on target 100% of the time when you figure out what the conditions are doing - REGARDLESS OF DISTANCE (unless your bullet starts to tumble).
Otherwise, your accuracy is not what you had expected.
Pity you aren't closer, cause I would love to take you out and put you on a 1 mile rock.
It is way too much fun and you can watch your own trace right to the target. Big reason most of my boomers have been sold off. Just don't see the point for busting rocks.