The generally accepted measure of the mechanical precision of a firearm/ammo/optic combination along with the skill or consistency of the rifleman is the ability to shoot tight groups. Too much time shooting groups, however, can encourage an excessive reliance on precision rather than accuracy and the ability to hit a mark with the first shot. Also, ask yourself how many times you have seen articles showing tight groups 2 or 3 inches away from the bullseye? Those types of groups are useful to take a repeatable measure of a rifle’s performance, and a baseline for adjusting the sighting system, but unless we make the necessary adjustments to get the rifle accurately hitting point of aim=point of impact, all of that precision is wasted.
Off the square range, the rifleman doesn’t get to fire groups at a target, but has to rely on one well-aimed shot doing … Read More »