- Jul 17, 2001
- Walla Walla, WA
I am shooting a 9.5# 300 Win Mag that does not have a muzzle brake. The loads I am shooting are generating 34 ft.lbs of recoil. I am not bothered by this but I am wondering what would be the best technique to utilize while shooting from the bench. I have heard of various methods being used and would like to try to get a consensus. There are two basic methods. Both utilize a front pedestal rest with a bag on top and a rear bag (the basic benchrest setup). First is to use the non-shooting hand to squeeze the rear bag to fine tune elevation. This is the method that I generally use. Others use the non-shooting hand to hold the stock between front rest and rear bag, pulling the stock into the shoulder and down onto front bag. This second method is more often recommended for lighter, harder kicking rifles. I wonder if the fliers I occasionally get would be minimized if I tried the second method. Sometimes the stock recoils up off the front rest. Also I wonder if it makes any difference whether the front rest is positioned just in front of the action or should it be closer to where the front sling stud would be? Any generalities? Thanks, Rufous.