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Any recommendations for a good gun rest?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Matt Dillon, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. Matt Dillon

    Matt Dillon Well-Known Member

    Folks, I hope to do a lot more rifle shooting at the range this year, and was wondering what you all recommended for a front and/or rear gun rest? Hopefully something fairly economical, but was wondering what you all had experience with. Thanks in advance for you help, Richard
  2. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    I've used the zippered bank bags, with sand. Some full, some about half-full. Or, if you have some old wornout pants and access to a sewing machine, you can make your own. That's about as low-cost as I know of. I've used a 12" length of 4x4 under the front bag, sometimes, depending on the benchrest and rifle fit. I like to rest the toe of the butt pad on a sandbag...

  3. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    Not as good as Art's suggestion, but I use a milsurp canvas butt pack to carry my ammo to the range. I take out about half of the ammo, put a couple rolled up beach towels in it and use it as a front rest. Like Art, sometimes I put a block of wood under it if it isn't high enough(but you can vary height by adding or removing the contents). For the rear rest, I use another rolled up towel.
  4. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner Well-Known Member

    White tube socks full of dried beans, just don't get it wet.
  5. Bacchus

    Bacchus Well-Known Member

    The rests I've seen and used seem to vary widely in price and quality. I have a cheap plastic one (<$15) that I bought from sportsmansguide. It's adjustable for height and does OK if you weight down the sides with sandbags. I can't really recommend it. If I were you, I'd either go with a nicer one (I've been impressed with Hoppe's model and each leg is adjustable in case your bench is not completely level). It runs about $60.

    I also use bags filled with sand, although I prefer a rest for the forearm and a bag for the rear.

  6. Cortland

    Cortland Well-Known Member

    If you want the real thing you can get a cast iron adjustable Wichita Arms rifle rest with front and rear leather sand bags for $160. Not necessarily cheap, but it'll last forever and is ever so much nicer than wrestling with cheap aluminum or plastic rests.

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