i have shot muzzleloaders for 32 years now and consider myself a pretty fair shot FROM A BENCH. a fellow member RawHide Rick shoots with me and asked if i wanted to particiapete in this months postal shoot ( bear hunt ) and i agreed. now in my 32 years of shooting smoke pole i can count on 1 hand how many times i have auctauly shot free hand besides when i hunting! i have just always sighted in and shot from a bench. today i was shooting Miss Fish my .45 flinter rebuilt by the late Tim Brown of Oregon. this gun is DEAD NUTS from a bench! i can tell you its a humbling experience when actually shooting free hand for score! i feel both of us shot well and i was happy but i am so use to bench and cloverleaf groups at 20 yards it was a bit depressing yet still great fun! i now have a new fire lit under me to improve my free hand shooting! you just never stop learning in this sport! i think we might need to rename RawHide Rick to "dry ball" Rick....lol couldn't help it!!!