Just an observation. Last summer I shot off a bulls bag that was on my truck hood and got groups half the size of what I'm getting off the steel top tables at my current shooting range. I just ordered a caldwall rock BR. We'll see what that does for my groups.
I've been getting fliers at the range with shots as much as 4" high at 100 yds. The only change I made was the tables at the range. My old range had wood top tables and this range has steel top tables. I notice that my rest slides around all over the table with a shot on the steel tables. I'm wondering if it would make sense to put down something like a small rug to make the rest stay in one place on the table.
I kicked around a ton of options in my head before buying a new front rest myself. I've had/used the heavier cast base rests in the past, but wanted to lose the extra weight but keep the stability. Therfore I wanted something that was ultra stable, well made & lighter for F-class use but was also at home on a bench. I also knew that I really liked the design, quality and performance of the 21st century front rest top a friend of mine shoots with too. Its all C&C aluminum, US made and has huge easy to use side owl ear knobs on its pinch plates unlike the sinclair and caldwell tops that have the tiny frustrating knobs. I ended up building an ultra stable, & functional front rest using the following peices. Total weight of the rest is around 8.5 lbs.
1) Sinclair liteweight benchrest base kit* (base, legs, post only)
2) Sinclair elevation wheel (boat wheel style)
3) 21st century front rest top w/edgewood bag & reinforced bottom upgrade.
4) Benchrite superfeet bases for concrete surfaces. 2.75 dia.
5) Set of farley legs from PMA tool. (not shown in these pics)
Of course you can use any protektor front bag style as well that will support your particular stock design the best. I got the edgewood however for a few reasons. First being they offer a 3 inch wide bag to exactly fit my MBR tracker forend which allows the gun to track smoothly and torque free. Second, they are high quality & made from both leather (sides) & nylon cordura (contact surfaces) so it allows the stock to slide easily upon recoil & even better with stock tape. Lasty, are super precise and hold their shape very well. The 21st century top is awesome, it was the best 85$ Ive spent in a log time, lots of quality for the $ spent & I really like the wide adjustment range the forened stop bar gives you. The benchrite feet are a must have as well, either for F-class style shooting or bench to eliminate your leg tips from wearing down on concrete benches or ripping up your shooting mats. The only part of my setup I sort of wish I had was a windage top to allow easier fine tuning. I may end up getting a windage top sometime in the near future, who knows.
Hopefully this helps give you some ideas on features that you'd like your rest to have.
Below are a few pics to show you a little better.
Last edited by Hunter2678; 04-24-2013 at 02:08 PM.
Well for what its worth, I was using a cheap Caldwell wheel adjustable with some cheap bags that i got at a garage sale a couple of years ago, it worked great.
So I saw a guy a the range with a Caldwell lead sled FCX I used it at 200 yards Friday it would shoot 1.25 inches, so I'm sending it back. Here is why i'm sending it back I shot 5 .204" at 200 yards the day before with my cheap old Caldwell front rest.
I then put the Caldwell FCX away went back to my Caldwell wheel adjuster rest with my rear bean bags and guess what, yep, you guessed it right, I'm back to damn near one hole at 200 yds.