Cheap/home made bench rest?


Ukraine Train
November 9, 2003, 06:01 PM
Has anyone made/improvised a rest like this?

Or do you just use sand bags or something like that?

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November 9, 2003, 10:34 PM
I just use sand bags. However, I would like to have one of those.

November 9, 2003, 10:52 PM
or rice bags as the case may be (got tired of lugging around sand). They work very well. But I have been looking at different ways to make a cheap rest, that one looks pretty decent.

Ukraine Train
November 9, 2003, 11:11 PM
Come to think of it, I bet I could make one of those at the student garage here at school. I could get my friend to weld three pieces of 1" tube, for legs, to a 1" nut and then weld a piece of flat stock to the head of a long 1" dia. bolt and put the bolt through the nut. Then I'd just have to wrap the flat stock in duct tape or strap a sand bag to it.

November 9, 2003, 11:43 PM
Shouldn't be that difficult. That's one of the things that has kept me from buying a rest. I think that for no more work than is put into them they are way overpriced.

Vasilia Zhietzev
November 9, 2003, 11:54 PM
home made bench rest:

1 cut off pants leg filled with sand & cable tied.

The bench rest you have is pictured is quite nice, but pricey. if i were you i should ask for one for a christmas gift ...(actually i'd love santa to bring me a day off from life all expenses paid, with suitable company & a pretty new rifle, but hey, i'm dreamin', LOL)

November 10, 2003, 09:13 AM
See if you can find small plastic beads instead of sand or rice, that way the contents wont smell funny if water gets inside.


November 10, 2003, 11:54 AM
yeah but if the SHTF you can always eat yer rice filled "sand bags"


this Hoppes is an OK rest for the $:

hard to beat for 20 bucks:

other rests:

Ukraine Train
November 10, 2003, 12:24 PM
Hmmm maybe I'll just swing by Cabela's and pick up that $20 one.

Steve Smith
November 10, 2003, 12:39 PM
Scissor-type car jack.

November 10, 2003, 01:31 PM
I use a ShootersxBag (dust-free filling). The problem with rice, is that mice love the stuff! I wouldn't mind getting one of the adjustable height Caldwell, or other brand.
Scissor jack, now there's one I hadn't thought of.

November 10, 2003, 02:54 PM
I have one of the orange Hoppes ones posted above (painted flat black with Krylon though :p ). I think I paid $27 for it and it works ok for informal stuff. For anything serious though it's hard to beat a nice solid bag.

November 10, 2003, 03:35 PM
I got 4 totally tactical felines and one stealth weiner dog. I could fill my bags with cheese and still not have a problem with mice.

November 11, 2003, 03:28 PM
Try this...

Sinclair Rest (

November 11, 2003, 03:35 PM
I can almost get another M1 Garand for that $$!

November 11, 2003, 03:40 PM
I use two white tube socks filled with a plastic bag and sand from my kids' sandbox.

November 11, 2003, 04:00 PM
$320 for a rest to set my $40 Mosin on. That's just wrong.

November 11, 2003, 05:12 PM
you can do better than that:
Ransom Rifle Master - Omni Series Plus
Includes Windage Adjustment Bag Plate, adjustable
End Plates, and Competition Forend Stop

November 11, 2003, 05:24 PM
Yeah, but that's still mass produced...

and now for probably the best...

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