Today I tried to zero in my new rifle. I eventually bought a sako 85 S/S, it's a cracking gun and I am sure there is nothing wrong with it. As it was new I went though the procedure of firing 1 then cleaning, I put 2 wet patch's thru using wipeout and then dry patchs until clean, I done this for the first 10 shots, and then shot 3 shot groups and cleaned again, giving plenty of time for the barrel to cool down. The first shot always seems to be out after cleaning, this happened with 3 different typyes of bullets winchester, federal and remington. All shots within 1 1/2" at 100 yards , some just under 1" I'm sure that I am not setting up right as the 2nd and 3rd shots were touching or at least very close. I don't know if my set up was solid enough but it is strange that the majority of bingers were the first shot after cleaning. I have only started shooting so I guess my technique is not so good
Any advice on how to improve on my grouping would be appreciated.