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Shooting rest bags....

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Afy, Oct 10, 2008.

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  1. Afy

    Afy Member

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    What do you fill the bags with? Sand.. rice?
     
  2. qajaq59

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    Mine have kitty litter in them. It is light and cheap.
     
  3. benEzra

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    Corncob (like they sell to reloaders for cleaning cases in a tumbler). Cheap, and lighter than sand (and less messy).
     
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    +1 on the corncob thing. Any pet supply store. Cheap, light. Made two bags out of the legs of some old jeans.
     
  5. taliv

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    yeah, but i don't want my bag light. i want it heavy.

    crushed walnut hulls (also sold to reloaders) are somewhat heavier and equally cheap

    sinclair's actually sells extra heavy sand for bags. that's too heavy for me.
     
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    All of mine have sand. They're heavy heavy. I use the "Play Sand" you can buy at Home Depot. Super fine grain.
     
  7. Mr_Pale_Horse

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    I once took a client out varmint hunting, using a vehicle and some 'shooting rest bags'. He was a small statured Italian fellow who, inadvertantly, pulled the gun closer to him and AD'ed into the top 'shooting rest bag'. Rained sand for several seconds. The vehicle, although sandy, was unharmed. :p
     
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    sand, much more stable, much heavier. Also for smaller adjustments; squeezing the rear bag with your fingers, raises or lowers the buttstock minutely; nothing too big.
     
  9. 243winxb

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    What rangerruck said "sand"
     
  10. SGR

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    I use soybeans.............
     
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    I went with Lima:p
     
  12. win71

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    Sand

    In a shot bag sewn shut. Just don't overfill or you'll end up with a sand rock.
     
  13. Pilgrim

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    I used aquarium gravel in the canvas bags that shot comes in.

    Pilgrim
     
  14. Hiaboo

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    I use lead shot.
     
  15. Afy

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    Sand it is. Mine are leather (HM rifle rest) and the spout actually gets tucked away.
    Lets see how it goes...
     
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    I used to use rice until I realized how light, effective and inexpensive corn cob bedding can be. A huge bag at pet vendors including Wally World will do it!

    CRITGIT
     
  17. Robopie

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    Sand in old jeans. Both free :)
     
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    I've been propping my rifle up on the top of my range bag, but it isn't quite as stiff as I'd like. Good height, though. Nothing extra to carry, buy, etc.
     
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    I have sand in mine, but am considering trying something much lighter. The bags I have are big, therefore very heavy.
     
  20. rust collector

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    Rice seems to attract mice. Lead is hazardous and gets expensive. Sand is probably the least likely to cause problems. The coarser the grains, the fewer the issue with moisture and caking.

    Kitty litter is lighter, but it's essentially clay, generates dust and would be bad news if wet. Probably polyethylene beads would be best in the long run, but I've never tried walnut shells. That might just be the ticket, and if it didn't work, at least you could polish your cases with them.
     
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    Lead shot, but that has gotten spendy. Last one I filled I bought a small bag of washed sand at the local garden store. I prefer my bag to have some weight to it.
     
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    I take the legs off of old pairs of jeans, cut them to about 12", have the wife sew them shut, and fill them with play sand. Cost about $3 for a half dozen bags. (plus dinner at a nice steakhouse)

    T2E
     
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    I used birdseed. I had some laying around and if the bags ever rupture some lucky bird's going to eat well.

    --Duck911
     
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    I use rice, but i have access to LARGE amounts of it, so sand may be a better choice. Not as free moving as rice though....
     
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