Re: gun rest
When Im at the bench I get nestled in behind the rifle. I move and adjust until i can fully lean against the rifle and bench without moving the rifle. Then my face just kisses the cheekrest enough so i can see thru the scope, my right hand is delicately put in place so i can engage the trigger so as if it were a button to be pressed to the rear and my left hand is curled under the rifle and used the gently squeeze the rear bag to adjust the POA. The front bag is set directly under the recoil lug of the rifle for each shot as I feel it is the best place for the rifle to rest for best accuracy.
Thats just my bench technique. I shoot prone a little differently, but still fundamentally the same. And differently only because Im a fat guy and its not comfortable to lay on my belly for very long.
My offhand technique is solid and i prefer a sling for best accuracy. But iron sighted with the M1 I can hit the 250 yd plate with every shot. My M1 is well used and does have a sling. The 03A3 is a tad more accurate than the M1 and it has a much better sling. I can actualy go camp perry with it.
It takes 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 3 for proper trigger squeeze.
The latest caliber or gear is no substitute for experience and skill. Rifles and cartridges don't make hits -- shooters do.
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