Originally Posted by Old_Crow
From what I have seen at the range is most shooters are worried about grouping. They want to put all the bullets in the same hole, despite being 3" from the bullseye. I would rather shoot a 3" group and have half my shots hit the bullseye. I am under the impression that a miss is a miss even if you miss by the same distance every time.
Bench rest shooters do this all the time. The reason is they don't want to shoot out their aiming point. In bench rest shooting you are shooting to achieve the smallest size group possible. You are not scored on where that group happens to be on the target. The guns they use are highly specialized, and will never be used in the field for taking game. Because of that, where the shots land on the target is of no concern to them.