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Old 04-15-2006, 08:31 PM
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Portable benches

Any recommendations or warnings on selecting a portable bench? I am looking at the BR Pivot and Coyote Jake models,but am open to ideas.

Thanks, Rick
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:08 PM
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Re: Portable benches

Rick, I have been looking at buying a portable bench myself. All I know is they both cost an arm and a leg, and I still haven't decided if I need to spend that kind of money. The table and chairs I have been using, seem to work just fine. I guess I would rather spend $600.00 on a new barrel, action, stock, ect. I have heard that the BR Pivot is the best one to buy, however, as I mentioned before it is very expensive. Good luck.

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Old 04-16-2006, 01:28 AM
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Re: Portable benches

I've used the two I've listed below and have found them to be pretty stable and well made - as long as the ground is level they work fine. The Cabelas brand is definitely worth the money. FYI: Throw away the pivoting arms and use your own sand bags.

Cabelas shooting bench

Big Game shooting bench

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Old 04-16-2006, 04:47 AM
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Re: Portable benches

I feel your pain there Wildcat. I would already have a BR Pivot if it didn't cost so much. I was telling my g-hog shootin' buddy last night that its a lot more fun spending money on guns than support gear, but sometimes you gotta do it.

Thanks for the links, TAC, I'll check those out.

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Old 04-16-2006, 08:41 PM
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Re: Portable benches

Last week I used a Coyote Jakes and a Cabela's for a shooting test. The Coyotes Jakes is a one ton, the Cabela's is a light half-ton if you compared them to trucks. Both worked well, the Jakes setup more stable on uneven ground, has three points whereas the Cabelas has four.
Have used both a lot for p-dogs and they both work but the Jakes is a lot more versatile. Only change is to put a different top on the bench that is not so slippery. Easy to do by draping a chunk of cloth or canvas over it.
Jakes is worth every penny - it is very nicely made. Will last a lot longer than the Cabelas I believe.
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:03 AM
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Re: Portable benches

I built my own bench from 3/4" plywood and 2 x 4's. It incorporates the seat and can be adjusted for LH or RH shooters. I also built my own shooting rest. It weighs in at 23.5 lbs and lets me shoot my .338 all day if I choose to. I wish I knew how to attach pictures, but I don't.
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Old 04-21-2006, 07:29 PM
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Re: Portable benches

I found the easiest way to attach pics is to first load them on a site like www.photobucket.com which is free. You can then click on the image icon right below where you type your message here and copy and paste the URL address for that picture there. Presto! Hope this helps.
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