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Old 02-14-2006, 10:32 AM
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Shooting Rests

Well, I've finally ordered the Cooper Montana Varminter from Bill Bailey at Gene Sears Supply and was just wondering what kind of rife rests you fella's recommend? I'm so shaky when trying to sight a rifle that I don't really know where it's going. I've been looking at different types of rests at different prices but wanted some expert opinions before I purchased one. Also, do any of you guys shoot PMC ammo? It is quite a bit cheaper than any other brands in the 243 caliber. I would like to start re-loading my own ammo but I have absolutely NO experience. Any thoughts on how to get started without blowing the barrel off my rifle?

Thanks guys, dasslp
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Old 02-14-2006, 10:04 PM
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Re: Shooting Rests

If you want to keep it simple, pick up a set of the suede leather shooting bags that you fill with sand. You can use boards or phone books to build up under the front rest to get the proper elevation (just make sure you have a solid surface under the front and rear bags). You can spend $75 or more to get one of the tripod benchrest shooting rests, which are adjustable up and down if you want to spend a little more money. Good gun shops should have these items, or you could order them from www.cabelas.com or www.basspro.com.

As far as the handloading, get yourself a book on the subject geared towards beginners--again, Bass Pro or Cabela's should have these on their website. Also, see if you can find anyone locally that can show you the ropes. www.midwayusa.com also has a lot of reloading supplies and books. Good luck with your shooting! Sam
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Old 02-14-2006, 10:43 PM
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Re: Shooting Rests

I think you'll find 99% of the "active" members on this forum handload. I feel the best way to get started is to find a friend that does it, buy the dies(if he doesn't already have them), powder, bullets, brass and primers you need and go give it a try under his supervision. Once you have a basic hands on understanding, you can decide if it's something you want to do on your own and you'll have a better idea of what equipment to buy.

A word of advice though, skip the kit and just buy the press and either the Lyman 1200 DPS or the RCBS Chargemaster Combo. Lerch can attest to this [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]!!!
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Old 02-14-2006, 11:57 PM
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Re: Shooting Rests

I shoot off a concrete bench. It has been set in place and reminds me of the benchrest style benches. I then set up my caldwell lead sled with 2 25# bags of shot. Makes for a very very steady rest. All you gotta do is have good ammo, and squeeze the trigger.
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:41 AM
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Re: Shooting Rests

Muzzle break & a bipod.
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:50 AM
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Re: Shooting Rests

Muzzle break & a bipod.

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I'll second that, but + a rear bag.
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