After reading about how benchrest shooters shoot with a springer I tried the same this weekend and wow it works. Ive always held the rilfe the same way , just using the bench to support my elbows , wrist and chest. The result was good , but this weekend I set it up so that Im only touching the rifle with my right hand and the rifle could glide smoothly back under recoil . The result were very good , I managed to burst 5 baloons using only 6 pellets at 142m .
Elated at discovering this I continued to shoot like this for most of the weekend and the cans also tumbled delightfully at 80 - 100m .
Then Yesterday I set up targets so that I shoot down at an angle of about 15 degrees , and thats where the wheels came off the wagon. I couldnt hit anything. The downwards angle of the rifle on the rest made it recoil completely different and inconsistent. I reverted to my usual hold but I had lost the touch a bit and it took quite a while till I could get it right.
So yes , letting it glide smoothly back with minimal touching the rifle like described in other threads works better for benchrest shooting , but I am back to my old way of shooting as it is better practice for my real shooting.