Why am i shooting to the left

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This has been driving me nuts. I do a lot of load work up for various cartridges and rifles and everything I shoot starts to walk over to the left from where my Kessler or Hornady app tells me it should out to about 800 yards and then comes back to center about 1000. Wth? I’ve ordered a couple of those scope levels to try but I’m not feeling confident. It varies with different cartridges and is usually about 2-6” at 600 yards. It’s definitely repeatable and I usually just aim to the right a little. Bergers and Hornady and hammers, don’t matter. What am I doing wrong?
It could be the fishbowl effect if you think about scope glass it has a curvature in it, if you don't stay in the center of the glass with your eye it will affect the parallax of what you see, thereby affecting POI... providing everything is mounted correctly and square to the world on the rifle, it's sometimes the main-culprit in windage and waterline problems at longer range. Just a thought. Cheers and good luck.
 

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My fault. I thought you mentioned him.
No worries. He goes out with me once in a while. He shot competiion all through high school with the 22’s and placed in state his final year. Ridiculously good offhand with a 22. Maybe he’ll find interest again in it when he gets older. Pretty sure with little effort and practice he would outshoot me
 

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Forgive me for not reading through 9 pages of guesses, but here is mine.

Is your scope FFP or SFP?
Do you shoot left at other ranges?
Do you have a suppressor mounted on the rifle when shooting?

Thanks!
 

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Some of the suggestions here are WAY off base. The OP states this is happening to him with multiple rifles so we then can eliminate scopes, barrels, etc….it’s either a environmental condition, a outside calibration tool “Kestrel” , or shooting technique. Technique is my vote.
 
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It could very well be a bad habit that I’m just very consistent at. It could also be that I shoot with glasses and maybe they’re causing a fishbowl. I’ll start with the easiest, the scope level and try to break it down. Who knows, maybe others have had the same problem or maybe they do and just ignore it like I have for a long time
 

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I’m sure there’s some explanation and definitely something I’m doing wrong. Just weird. Not something that’s new either. Been seeing it every since my first time I used the kestrel. Before that, I really wasn’t shooting paper or a way to see where my impacts were hitting. First time I noticed it was my first 600 yard match where there wasn’t really any way to tell where you were hitting and my 10 shot group was pretty good but all left. Didn’t have the kestrel then it was 2or 3 years ago.
I shoot dead center on a shoot and see and left on the scoring target and it kills me I thought about getting one of my friends that shoot really well to shoot my gun the scoring target is mounted above the shoot and see.the picture of the target is from the wrong angle you have to look at the numbers as if they were left to right.all I am doing is reposting my hand under the rear of the stock and then this happens. You might want to have some one else shoot your rifle and see what happens.good luck hope you get it worked out
 

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I shoot dead center on a shoot and see and left on the scoring target and it kills me I thought about getting one of my friends that shoot really well to shoot my gun the scoring target is mounted above the shoot and see.the picture of the target is from the wrong angle you have to look at the numbers as if they were left to right.all I am doing is reposting my hand under the rear of the stock and then this happens. You might want to have some one else shoot your rifle and see what happens.good luck hope you get it worked out
It happens with multiple rifles he shoots.
 

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I shoot dead center on a shoot and see and left on the scoring target and it kills me I thought about getting one of my friends that shoot really well to shoot my gun the scoring target is mounted above the shoot and see.the picture of the target is from the wrong angle you have to look at the numbers as if they were left to right.all I am doing is reposting my hand under the rear of the stock and then this happens. You might want to have some one else shoot your rifle and see what happens.good luck hope you get it worked out
That’s about what my groups look like at 600 yards which kills me. I can aim to the right of the kestrel info with 3 different rifles and bring my group centered but can’t figure out wth I’m doing wrong lol. I shoot each rifle different. Straight behind my chassis with bipods, similar but off a rest with a custom class rifle, off side from a hunter class savage rifle. Would be nice to figure out wth I’m doing wrong lol
 
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