Sled ? Bags ? Bipod? What do you get your best results with?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Russell13, Apr 9, 2021.

  1. Russell13

    Russell13 Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2020
    Messages:
    286
    Location:
    Southern California
    6D96DC27-573C-4690-BFB4-01E13469BD1B.jpeg I picked up a $30 Caldwell plastic shooting rest and let me just say, I HATED IT! It never felt steady, jumped all over while shooting, and wasnt the easiest thing to use.

    what is everyone using?
    Bags?
    A sled of some kind?
    Bipod with a bag in the back?

    I will be shooting from a bench and want a consistent accurate platform to shoot from.

    the rifle is a 6.5 creedmoor hunting style rifle (fairly light ).
     
  2. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2018
    Messages:
    10,483
    Location:
    Up State New York
    I like to use what's closest to how I'll use the gun if that makes sense.
     
  3. LoonWulf
    • Contributing Member

    LoonWulf Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    14,621
    Location:
    Hawaii
    I usually use a bipod at the front and rice filled sock rear, preferably off the ground...... as its usually pretty stable.

    Id like to get some good bags, id also like a bench that isnt a folding plastic table.....
     
  4. Demi-human

    Demi-human Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,670
    Location:
    The Haymarsh, MI (Aka, Paradise.)
    This is my most consistent way.

    I have been standing more often lately, but a nice Bald Eagle rest would be great on a bench.
     
    LoonWulf likes this.
  5. CptnAwesome
    • Contributing Member

    CptnAwesome Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2015
    Messages:
    537
    Location:
    Alabama
    Sometimes a bipod with a rear bag. 90% of the time (and I get my best groups) with front and rear bags.
     
  6. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2008
    Messages:
    8,273
    Location:
    SE GA
    When I shoot with a rest, it’s a Caldwell Rock BR with a rear bag.
     
    Hooda Thunkit and LoonWulf like this.
  7. DTL

    DTL Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2021
    Messages:
    209
    Caldwell Rock, rear bag with AR 15 and bolt action rifles, Bipod with my 15-22 S&W .22. I have used the Caldwell LeadSled and liked it.
     
    LoonWulf likes this.
  8. Gtscotty

    Gtscotty Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    3,443
    I've never been able to get consistent groups from sled type setups. I used to use bags front and back at my old range, but at my new range, the lower height and different ergos throw me off, and hurt consistency, so I switched to bipod and rear bags for most load work.
     
    LoonWulf and Demi-human like this.
  9. Dale Alan

    Dale Alan Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2017
    Messages:
    875
    I use a Sinclair Competition front rest and Protektor # 13 rear bag for the bench . For skinning stocks that rock and roll in the rest I use a Caldwell Tackdriver bag , which settles just about rifle.
     
  10. Bartojc

    Bartojc Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    1,022
    Location:
    Michigan
    Any time I've shot from a bench for groups or testing it has been from sand bags. It's all I ever knew. I got a new Caldwell Rock BR rest as a gift a year ago but it sits somewhere under one of my benches. Can't tell you if it is better or worse. Maybe I'll drag it out soon.

    -Jeff
     
    LoonWulf likes this.
  11. Chuck R.

    Chuck R. Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Messages:
    3,380
    Location:
    Leavenworth, KS
    I use a little bit of everything.

    The bipod equipped rifles; target & varmint I usually do load development and shoot off their respective bipods. I use Harris, Atlas and Magpul.

    7aBzQbfl.jpg

    EEzxkdOl.jpg

    9b0g8bil.jpg

    The non-bipod rifles I shoot off an old Hoppes rest that I've had forever:

    3v8l7mIl.jpg

    I've also got a Led Sled that was given to me and I can't stand the freakin thing. Always feels like I'm fighting it to get sighted on a target.

    BPCRs are shot off cross sticks:

    4HrZDuGl.jpg
     
    DTL, T_Walker, High Plains and 4 others like this.
  12. Ole Joe Clark

    Ole Joe Clark Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2016
    Messages:
    491
    Location:
    Dixie
    I recently started using homemade bags fill with plastic pellets. Matter of fact, I just last night topped them off with more pellets, because I ran out. I can't say that they help or hurt my shooting yet, because I purchased a new Leupold scope for my favorite .22 last year and my shooting groups have gone to pot. It's probably me since I sometimes shake when I shoot.

    Have a blessed day,

    Leon
     
    LoonWulf likes this.
  13. Steve S.

    Steve S. Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2014
    Messages:
    1,527
    Location:
    Missouri
    Front/ rear bags; not that it is a better method for bench shooting but because that is all I have known since the sixties - bags are an old idea that is simple and that works (for me at least).
     
    LoonWulf and Captcurt like this.
  14. Captcurt

    Captcurt Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Messages:
    3,757
    Location:
    Ozark Mountains of Arkansas
    Bags, front and back. I have a couple of Bi-pods but do not shoot well off of them. Only tried a couple of times but went back to the bags. I have used my backpack many times when hunting.
     
    Chuck R. and LoonWulf like this.
  15. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2005
    Messages:
    18,143
    I use a homemade sled a lot and it works quite well, it’s adjustable for width and side angle on the ears and can be used with a rear bag or UHMW “V” block, bi pods often as they work OK too but F/R bags are hard to beat and a tripod with clamp is useful too sometimes but not as steady as any of the above.
     
    LoonWulf likes this.
  16. mcb

    mcb Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    5,565
    Location:
    North Alabama
    My best group ever was shot off an Atlas bipod and a rear bag, but I use duel bags (front and back) too depending on the gun.
     
    Chuck R. and LoonWulf like this.
  17. 375supermag

    375supermag Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,261
    Location:
    Southcentral Pennsylvania
    Hi...
    I use a front bag sometimes and a Lead Sled sometimes.
    Frankly, I think I like the front bag better and I get better results with it.
     
    LoonWulf likes this.
  18. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2003
    Messages:
    4,677
    Use several different configurations, built this for the farm so wouldn't have to drag more gear between multiple locations.

    001.JPG

    001.JPG


    This is the companion handgun rest

    ms-idX9GT(1).jpg
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2021
    DTL, MrShooter, lightman and 5 others like this.
  19. pert near

    pert near Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2015
    Messages:
    367
    Location:
    Heart of Texas
    Shooters that reload micro-adjust bullet seating, test different primers not to mention various powders in incremental weights. But all this prep assumes you can shoot perfectly off your rest using a consistent technique. I use a Bald Eagle rest with various leather bags front & rear. I also use a Bull-Bag sometimes. I do get some stares sometimes when I'm shooting some old beat-up rifle nested neatly in my polished metal-flake rest that has um-teen adjustment knobs!

    Here is a trick I learned from an accomplished benchrester that was in a competition slump. Set up a white target with just a small dot to aim at. Depending on your scope, set the target at a range where you can see the dot & crosshairs clearly. Now dry-fire from your ideal rest set-up using your best technique. Watch where the crosshairs end up after the firing pin falls. If all is perfect, the crosshairs will still be on the dot. That's the goal. (BTW: this helps reinforce non-flinching too). This allows you to refine to your rest, the way you sit, how you hold the back of the rifle, the front of the rifle, the trigger pull, etc. You can experiment & evaluate. Sounds easy & often is very surprising. It's no surprise why many benchrester's shoot "free-recoil"!

    Just FWIW.....
     
    lightman, JDGray, murf and 3 others like this.
  20. Nature Boy
    • Contributing Member

    Nature Boy Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2015
    Messages:
    6,273
    A Farley front rest and an Edgewood rear bag.

    BEC45AFF-4177-4106-9F47-742D5AF22B0F.jpeg

    3CD9DCA2-BEA1-4A92-B279-CFB96475C160.jpeg
     
    T_Walker, MrShooter, lightman and 5 others like this.
  21. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    68,558
    Location:
    Alabama
    Front rest, solid rear bag.

    Bipod, soft rear bag.

    If you can’t shoot under .5 (or better) with that, it isn’t the support. Might be you, might be the rifle, might be the load..........
     
  22. South Prairie Jim

    South Prairie Jim Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2019
    Messages:
    2,650
    Location:
    Libby Mt
    Screenshot_20210330-073447.png a good bi pod
     
    Ramone and Nature Boy like this.
  23. hdbiker

    hdbiker Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    Messages:
    838
    Lead Sled... hdbiker
     
    kalielkslayer and Meeks36 like this.
  24. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    4,252
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    I’m not a bench shooter. I’m not a competition shooter. I’m a hunter. But I want my rifles to be as accurate/consistent as I can make them with the resources I have. Being a handloader affords me the ability to tailor loads to my rifles. I have a LeadSled, Harris BiPod, carbon fiber DeathGrip BOG pod, and a pair of Hunters Specialties wooden shooting sticks. I admit I have not practiced with the BOG at all. Barring that, I have shot my absolute best groups with those $15 HS shooting sticks.
     
  25. Nature Boy
    • Contributing Member

    Nature Boy Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2015
    Messages:
    6,273
    Nice bags too :thumbup:
     
    lightman, 71GTO, Demi-human and 2 others like this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice