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Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by ohihunter2014, May 5, 2016.

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  1. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

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    looking for a decent rifle rest to shoot off a bench and maybe a wooden tower.

    I'm using the $25-30 Caldwell bags now but they got wet and are hard and don't really hold the front of the rifle well even when not hard. I'm trying to see what this rifle can really do on a bench with my reloads.

    looking at Caldwell rock rests but someone recommended the other bag the holds like 3/4 of the rifle.


    any thoughts?
     
  2. SwaneeSR

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    The last two years during the Black Friday sale, Cabelas has offered the lead sled DFT for around $100. Whatever you decide short-term, watch to see if they offer three years in a row.

    I realize you need something for this season too. Thanksgiving is a ways off.

    I have a leadsled DFT and it is a little bit heavy to tote to the range but worth the effort. Works really well.


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    I've got a "San Angelo" believe it was purchased at Big 5 several years ago, that works very well for different rifles, except for the AR's and Ak's or any extended magazine with the mag attached. Have to shoot the afore mentioned rifles single shot.

    It holds the rifle very firm without damaging the stock, and makes repeat shots very easy. It weighs a lot less than a lead sled and is easy to adjust for various rifles. I use mine on a portable shooting bench and I highly recommend it if you can find one.
     
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    If you can make it to the Wannenmacher Gunshow in Tulsa, there is a guy there who makes custom shooting rests for both rifle and pistol. They are quite expensive; considerably more than most of us are willing to spend. But they are fantastic works of engineering and mechanical skill. I have thought about about making the investment, but prefer to spend my dough on the next gun.
     
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    OH...second comment. I make my own shooting bags; actually my wife sews them. I fill empty shot bags with sand and she sews them shut. Have also made some with heavy duck (canvas) cloth and fill with sand. That way you can make whatever shape or size you want. If they get wet, they just dry out in the sun.
     
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    Check out Sinclair intl. They have some nice rest.
     
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    No clue what you plan to spend but I use a Wichita Rifle Rest with their Bunny Ear Bag and their Protektor Small Owl Ear Bag. The owl ear bag goes on the rest. Both bags are filled with sand from Lowes or Home Depot. Originally I bought the stuff from Brownells or Sinclair and it has worked well and served me for at least 25 years or so. I also have a lead sled but don't care for it, I use it for certain test and that is about it. The Sinclair Stuff from Brownells is about the same. Finally cutting the legs off an old pair of jeans and stitching one end and filling 3/4 with sand and stitch the other end works too and is a ecconomical way to go about it. :)

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    I bought one of the Caldwell plastic rests. It is well made but I feel it is too light.

    I have two Sinclair International rests. One is a three leg affair that I like. Not too heavy, not to light. Legs adjust individually as well as the center post.

    I have another that built on a 1" thick plate that almost requires a hoist to get it in the back of the pick up. Nice rest but not real user friendly to move around.

    There are others that are built similarly to the Sinclair and I expect would function just as well. Each has its own special features that has benefits and disadvantages. Sometimes, you just do not know until you try them out.

    Many of the higher end rests use the same bags.
     
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    The Caldwell with a good rear bag will work well for all but the most serious shooting. Pictured is the older one. I also have the newer one with the silver colored plated knobs that it sits on.
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    I have been using the older version of this since the late 70's.. 40202.jpg
     
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    Made this one and it's pretty solid. The spotting scope mount was one of my better ideas, no need for its own mount and you don't need to move away from the rifle to use it.

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