Not a top tip I'm afraid, but more of a request for a top tip!
I was shooting my new rifle at a range the other day, trying to compare cartridge brands and zero the scope etc.. I'm not used to shooting at 100 yards, so was struggling to keep nice and steady at that range. My better groups were probably around 1.3 inch, I know that's not awful and fine for close - medium range stalking, but I wasn't happy with it, I know I could do better! Also, the main thing is if you're trying to sort out which brand of ammo your rifle likes, it obviously helps if you can be as steady as possible so that it's as much a 'fair test' as possible - my ability was limiting the testing if you see what I mean.
Anyway, my set-up was as follows - a bipod at the front end, and a small V-shaped heavy leather rest thingy for the rear! I was as careful as possible with my breathing etc., but it was still difficult to keep steady at 100 yards. I was seated by the way, at a kind of bench rest table I guess.
I just wondered what you more experienced guys do? Obviously when load testing etc., and making tiny changes to powder etc., it must be PARAMOUNT that the gun is rock steady, so how is this achieved.
I still had my hand around the grip (lightly) and the butt in my shoulder (just about), but I tried to limit my overall contact with the gun. I considered trying to get set up so that all I needed to do was touch the trigger/trigger guard to let off a round, but surely this could mean a slight POI change when holding the rifle when stalking, when you sometimes have a lot of firm contact with the gun.
Well I should stop there but hopefully someone could give me a couple of pointers! I just don't want to waste too much ammo!
Any help much appreciated