Reply To: Why do folks like benchrest competitions?
Learning to feel the shot is one of the things that have enabled me to shoot better. I agree with your statement about part of the effort to get a rifle to shoot consistently is to minimize human interaction. After all, it should be our intent and goal to be less involved as much as possible in the shooting process so that the gun can do what it needs and wants to do on its own. The crucial factor to keep in mind, though, is that a rifle that is left alone and resting on a bench-rest equipment is not actually left on its own and to its devices at all. Instead, we have only left it to develop different contact nodes, which in turn will lead to different shooting dynamics.
My view of shooting a rifle with as much precision as can be obtained is this: to hold the rifle in a manner that is consistent to that which allows it to shoot accurately regardless of how and where the gun is situated.