Absolutely thisSo much to cover here. The most common thing we see and needed to improve ourselves, when we started building better rifle shooting mechanics, is to square the mass of our body behind the rifle. This may mean adjusting your length of pull, cheek weld, and scope eye relief on your rifle system. The rifle butt pad will connect to your shoulder more medial on the clavicle and higher. Usually, just moving the scope back toward your eye will accommodate a more fundamentally sound technique and position. We want our shoulders, hips and face as square to the target plane as possible to manage recoil and follow through after the shot, see the bullet fly and impact. You will find the fundamentals of consistently acquiring a natural point of aim will be easier from here as well. This photo is from the prone position with my lighter hunter rifle, and when shooting from a bench, we can get directly behind the bench and accomplish the same position (with out using a stool or chair). Every supported position we get into in the field is now the same mechanically as the position we zero in and shoot those tiny groups we all are so proud of! lol This is just one step in the process of modern rifleman mechanics. Check out @moderndaysniper for more, Caylen and Phillip know their stuff and have helped us a lot. View attachment 213982
It takes time to get used to a stock design especially if different to the rest that you have and are used to. Practice, that is what you need. Someone mentioned snap caps, they are a must to dry firing.Well sometimes groups can be sub moa other times other times bigger. The gun does have a muzzle break on it. I did just shoot a 3 shot group with it that was half moa. What would you recommend for a better bipod? I was thinking maybe a rail and an atlas would maybe be worth a look. I might take a backpack and put a couple Coates or towels in it and try and shoot off that too. Thanks for all the advice any more is always welcome to. I think I might just need to work on my fundamentals on this rifle. I can shoot my heavier rifles very well. But they do have different stock designs too. I’m wondering if some of it is the stock too, maybe I’m just not used to this stock.
My personal experience with being able to hold a rifle under 8 lbs is conditioning. The older I get the harder it is. If you are in shape, you will be able to pu the rifle to your shoulder to the appropriate poundage and with minimal rest, acquire and execute the shot.How do you guys shoot lighter weight rifles good? I have a 7 mag Remington 700 action criterion magnum Sporter contour 26” long, have it in a Mesa precision stock bedded. Have a Trijicon 4-16x50 acculite scope on it. Weights about 9lbs. Shooting off a Harris and a rear bag at the range it seem like it’s hard to shoot good. Seems like the reticle really is moving left to right. Have been struggling finding a good load for it am just wondering if it’s the fact I just can’t hold it as steady as my other rifles that are 2-5 more pounds. How do I get it to settle down?
Don't overlook "natural wobble area" in addition to the other comments. With my Glock, I was a poor shot trying to "catch" the sight in the "X" but, that is really the wrong thing to do.How do you guys shoot lighter weight rifles good? I have a 7 mag Remington 700 action criterion magnum Sporter contour 26” long, have it in a Mesa precision stock bedded. Have a Trijicon 4-16x50 acculite scope on it. Weights about 9lbs. Shooting off a Harris and a rear bag at the range it seem like it’s hard to shoot good. Seems like the reticle really is moving left to right. Have been struggling finding a good load for it am just wondering if it’s the fact I just can’t hold it as steady as my other rifles that are 2-5 more pounds. How do I get it to settle down?
I would go back to the post where the guys recommended watching the grip on your firing hand. Movement induced by squeezing the hand to pull the trigger is one of the biggest buggers I have seen repeatedly. When My 4 position indoor match rifle scores go to hell that is invariable the culprit. Comes from trying to hard.I’m not scared of the rifle it does have a muzzle break. I’m about 200lbs so I’m not a tiny guy. I feel like my wife’s savage 308 which is a little lighter but no muzzle break or surpressor kicks harder then my 7mm. I have thought about turning the trigger down a little bit maybe that would help too.