I've not been having great groups at Bisley, with only relatively few possibles (5) even in details where the conditions haven't been that bad, and I'm more than a point down on my long-term average. This seems to be a pattern continued from earlier in the season, when weight loss from running meant my jacket no longer fit properly; however the jacket has since been re-tailored. The only other significant variable was the barrel. To cut a long story short, I decided to swap barrels halfway through a moderately disastrous day.
The 300x shoot at 09:00 went well, with a 35.5 out of a possible 35.7 but the group was again a bit on the big side and the wobble persisted. Still, I was hopeful that yesterday's clean and re-foul had helped a little. Similarly the 900x Conan Doyle (yes, as in the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, he was a renowned rifle shot) was an acceptable 48.4 with one clear windreading error on my part and a slightly irritating corner* shot.
The final shoot of the morning before a long hiatus was the 500x range of the 1st stage of Her Majesty The Queen's Prize, which was pretty dire simply because of a big group. Having had a new barrel put on at the start of the season to save my previous, extremely high-performing barrel from getting worn out before the games with lots of training, I had them swapped. This involved a lot of faff (160 miles of driving, a bit of searching to find someone with an action wrench and a bottle of malt whisky) but may be worth it as the barrel is a known quantity and shoots extremely well indeed with the batch of ammunition to be used in the Commonwealth Games.
The final shoot of the day at 600x went well. OK, I lost a point for not getting one shot away before the wind changed, but the group was pretty good. Maybe I've had problems because of a duff barrel (it does happen occasionally.) We shall see...
*Note for non-rifle shooters - A corner shot is one which goes out of the bullseye on the diagonal high-left, high-right, low-left, or low-right. This usually implies that the shooter's group isn't all that it might be.