Range/Shooting Help


December 26, 2011, 10:11 PM
I am a newcomer here, but I have been reading the forums for awhile. I have searched for my answer, but came to the conclusion that it could not be found. Here is my dilemma, I am not super experienced at shooting, but I have shot a fair bit in the past year. My wife bought me a Mossberg 100ATR .243 scoped combo. My father in law and I had the rifle zero'ed at 100 yards using a standard rifle bench rest hitting within bullet holes before we left GA for WA(stationed). 1 week later and a bumpy ride, I take it out to the range, and here are the results.




These were shot using just a sandbag, sitting position. I did not use the 3 shot to test my zero, in hindsight, I probably should have. I am just looking for analysis and feedback on how to further improve my shooting, what I could be doing wrong. I appreciate any information, and thank you for taking the time to help me.


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December 26, 2011, 11:30 PM

December 26, 2011, 11:52 PM
How do you use a sandbag from the sitting position? Is it a huge bag of sand? Your groups won't usually be as good sitting as they are from the bench.

What's a standard rifle bench rest? Did you shoot from a bench with some sort of rifle rest?

The rifle might be sensitive to forearm pressure. If you don't have a bench available shoot from the prone position.

December 26, 2011, 11:52 PM
I have found this dated article helpful. Read it carefully to understand all it has to offer.


Also Gunnuts TV show had a discussion to the sensitivities of rifle placement to achieve consistency when shooting from a rest.


December 27, 2011, 12:04 AM
My ATR had loose bases from the factory. I used blue lock tight and snugged them up then mounted my scope. Did you check the mounts and rings?

December 27, 2011, 12:13 AM
The standard bench rest(I'm not too familiar with the terminology, I apologize), is where the barrel and the buttstock are supported on both ends, and the rest is sitting on a bench/table.When I went to the range today, I was sitting at a bench/table and stacked the sandbags so my barrel rested on it. I didn't check the mounts and rings, I should probably do that now. The article helped a lot, I appreciate it, I'm just not that experienced as a shooter. Any information is super helpful at this point. Thanks guys.

December 27, 2011, 12:16 AM
Yeah, check your rings, most of the combos come with crap rings, so you may want to upgrade anyway.

December 27, 2011, 12:34 AM
You did mention in the last post "resting the barrel in the sand bags". I hope you meant the forestock.

December 28, 2011, 03:19 PM
Turns out I checked the rings and the screws were all screwed up. Instead of all the screws being equally screwed in, one side was all the way down, while the other was all the way up, and reversed on the second ring. I was resting the barrel at first, but then I switched to the forestock. Thanks for all the help guys, it is greatly appreciated.

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