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Shooting Bench

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by cowtownup, Feb 14, 2014.

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  1. cowtownup

    cowtownup Member

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    I built this bench from Horst & McCann website. It turned out pretty good although I've yet to shoot from it. I will say that it is very solid and does not move. I used 6X6 post like the plan called for and I'm glad I did.. I did not build it to bury in the ground like the plans call for because my neighbor may borrow it from time to time. Its heavy enough it takes 2 people to lift and move it. I had some of the lumber laying around but I could have built it for probably around $120 if I had to buy everything.. It was quite simple to build for I built it in an afternoon.. I sanded some of the edges to make it easy on the skin... Hopefully this will help tighten up some groups because I've been shooting from the tailgate of my truck... ha ha ha....

    Here is the link to the plans...

    http://www.horstguns.com/services/shooting-bench



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    I think if I had to do over again, I would have adjusted the top of the bench to work out even on the decking boards instead of having to rip this one down to finish out the top... JMO...

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  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Very nice!
    If I might be so bold as to offer a suggestion though?

    Rout 1/2" channel around the outside edge of the ends of the boards with a ball-end router bit.

    It will keep empty brass, screwdrivers, and misc small parts from rolling of on the ground and getting lost in the dirt or grass.
    The gaps in the boards will catch those going off the side.

    Also, a few rubber hose covered pegs in each side, or a bandsawed U-shaped barrel rest on each side will give you a place to lean a gun without it slipping and falling over.

    rc
     
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  3. cowtownup

    cowtownup Member

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    Great ideas... Thanks RC...
     
  4. MADDOG

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    Looks good. We have some that are similar at our gun range. They work great.
     
  5. red rick

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    Very nice job .
     
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