For Tripod Shooters
Here is a failed experiment that I tried this summer, that might have some applications to home made tripods. I have a very light Rem 700 in 17 Rem and I was trying to get it to shoot competition type tight groups so I decided that the fore end was not flat enough and that the gun was not heavy enough so I got some C channel iron (not aluminum) and drilled two holes in the channel iron. Then I screwed the C channel onto the fore stock using the front sling swivel stud nut and drilled and epoxied in another nut just in front of the receiver and tightened it down and got it leveled up. I took a sander and sanded the metal bottom until it was polished smooth and would slide back real nice on the front bag. As it turned out it helped get the gun stable in the bags and was real nice to shoot but the gun still will not shoot better than 0.5 MOA with the factory barrel. I concluded that if you want a bench rest gun then you should have someone build you one.
Any way my thought is that if you have a gun with a fore stock that is not conducive to resting flat on a tripod type mount that you can do the same thing with some aluminum ‘C “channel and get everything flat and level.
It all goes on in about one minute with a screw driver and it comes back off and you install your sling swivel stud and your sling and away you go.
Of course you can’t be dropping your screws in the tall grass and losing them. And it is all a little more complicated than I said but it really will give you a flat platform if you need it. If it had improved my guns groups I would have gotten some Accraflass and molded a better bed between the stock and the C channel. The groups did not get any worse they just didn't get better.
Here is a gun with two peices of C channel back to back. youo will notice that I did not counter sink the screw heads. That would have come later if I continued the experiment.