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Old 03-17-2009, 08:26 AM
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Testing new loads.

When testing a new load, what do you guys use for a front rest? I have been using my bipods seeing how that is what I'll be using in the field. Just curious how what others are doing.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:26 PM
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Re: Testing new loads.

While there are more forgiving ways to get concistent results, I use the same tools at the range as I do in the field. A bibod used in the prone position with a rear stock support such as a backpack or rolled up clothing. This way, there is no doubt in my mind when I am in the field that the load is tuned and sighted in to the method I am shooting my critter.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:13 PM
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Re: Testing new loads.

I use a rest that appears to be an older version of the Sinclair Generation 2. Mine has bolts securing the sides and a slightly different front stop. That and a plain rabbit-ear rear bag. While I do agree with practicing the way you will shoot in the field, I think you're best served to test ammunition with as few variables as possible. That's where the most solid front rest you can get your hands on serves you better than using your bipod or backpack. For practice, absolutely. For load testing, remove as much "human" error as possible. It's a test of the ammo, not a test of you.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:05 PM
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Re: Testing new loads.

Very good points for both techniques. I guess I'll just have to do both!
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