Originally Posted by Broz
Great Thanks for the reply, I understand what you do now. I only asked because this is in the 1000 plus (ELR) forum.
I do carry a redtac rear bag with me at all times. I would have to leave something else at home if needed to lighten up the pack. We have just spent 3 days shooting in the mountains and most of the shots (on rocks) were holding 1/2 moa accuracy. The majority of the shots were in the 800 to 1200 range with some time spent on some rocks at 1500 and 1800. Even my 300 win was able to keep them on a rock at 1800. I was impressed. These shots in mountain field conditions were taken with my method in post one using a rear bag. No hand on top the scope, no sling , just the cradle method.
Brother Jeff I have no question but that it worked as well for you as you say.
I was thinking of a better way to explain it since i don't have a way to take a picture of myself doing it.
Essentially what I'm doing is adding a great deal of weight to the rifle. My elbow is just sitting inside the loop of the sling.
When I raise up the butt to my shoulder it puts downward tension on the sling pulling the stock down.
I then just rest the palm of my hand against the stock to add a hair more tension.
If the butt then is rested on a rear bag or monopod, you can achieve a great deal of stability.
I'd rather go at it like that than to rest on a pack or just over a log.
Some of my hunting places are as rough as it gets with steep slopes, and more rocks than dirt or sand, especially when I'm in NM or far SW Texas.
One thing I did come up with for light weight sand bags was to take some shot bags, fill them with vermiculite, and sew them in thirds and quarters creating separate sealed chambers.
You can fold them, roll them, stack them, whatever and they weigh just about 20% of what sand would.
Still not ideal or as good as having a stack of sandbags and heavy bags on the sides against the rifle but on flat ground or easy slopes they can come in hand for getting that rear bag "just right"
They'll even make a decent cradle for the fore stock set on top of rocks if you have rocks of the appropriate size to work with.