Since late June I’ve been fortunate enough to own my own Accuracy International AX308. In that time I have had the OEM 308 Winchester barrel installed and recently installed a Bartlein 6.5 Creedmoor barrel I had spun up for PRS work. I’ve shot two club matches with it and one national level 2 day match. In that time I’ve never fully felt comfortable with the rifle. I put it down to an unfamiliarity with the system.
Those who follow this site and my social media will know my previous match rifle has been a Remington 700 in a KRG X-Ray chassis. I felt comfortable behind that rifle and always did. I had heaps of time to set it up and feel right at home behind it. Unfortunately by the time I received the AX I only had a few days to prepare for a club match and then only a week or so before a national match. Not ideal; however, I made it work.
Fast forward to 20th December. The last club match for my local practical rifle club for the year. I shot okay scoring a 5th place; however, I know within myself I can do better.
When posting pictures on a forum site, another member questioned my Length of Pull (LOP). This got me thinking. Is mine right for me and my rifle? I remember listening to a podcast a long time ago where the guest was talking about how quite a few of his students come along to class with the wrong LOP setup on their rifle and a shorter LOP was better than a longer LOP. This is all information I thought I knew; however, somehow I messed it up myself. Once it was pointed out to me I felt pretty stupid. I had overlooked a critical point on rifle setup. I guess we all make mistakes.
Now this problem had been identified I set about rectifying it asap.
Hopefully in the next week or so I can get out and shoot it with the new LOP. It already feels much better on my training barricade.