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Old 09-03-2007, 09:50 AM
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MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Firearm Support

#1 What front and rear rests do you employ for long range hunting?

#2 Do you always support the rifle at the front and rear when setting-up for a shot in the field?
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:43 AM
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Firearm Support

I use a bipod for the front rest.

I like to pack light in the field, so no rear bag. I have a fleece vest that works well when rolled up tight.

Not always. But for any shot past two hundred yards a front rest is a must have. The firing position dictates if a rear rest is employed. Any prone shot will be supported by a rear rest.

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All of my field guns have bipods on them and I prefer to use them when possible. That doesn't meant it gets used every time. Sometimes you just can't use the bipod but a rolled up coat, daypack etc. works better


I always support both ends in some manner. I carry a small bean bag that clips on my belt and weighs practically nothing that usually gets used. Sometimes I use my hand to support the rear and I have used my hand and the bean bag together. If I can't support it I wont' take a shot that I can't hold absolutely steady. I have made shots using a bipod from the sitting position and this works pretty good but not at extreme ranges.
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#1 What front and rear rests do you employ for long range hunting?
I use a bipod or a poly bag on the front and a poly bag on the rear. I test my guns to see if they shoot the same both ways and if they don't like one type of front rest then I don't use it.
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#1 What front and rear rests do you employ for long range hunting?

Bipod for the front and beanie bag for the rear.

#2 Do you always support the rifle at the front and rear when setting-up for a shot in the field?

Always!
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#1 What front and rear rests do you employ for long range hunting?
I use a variety of bi-pods type rest, from the Harris to a couple of different height Stoney Points, to a home made one. I hunt varied terrain and the cover dictates which will be used. If the area is open and grass is low I prefer the Harris, if the grass is tall, if I am still huinting or might be stalking I prefer the Stoney Point Detachable or the home made one.

#2 Do you always support the rifle at the front and rear when setting-up for a shot in the field?
Whenever possible, but I am comfortable out to 200yds standing and offhand with a couple of rifles. I do however prefer to have any sort of rest over not having one.
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Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Firearm Support

hi, i have made a wooden support so i dont over-reach when shooting from the drivers seat (rhs dont forget) through passenger window. I then have my right elbow on steering wheel and my left elbow on center console (raised in height with a window bag)

works well

i have been having an issue with trying to find "that" position from the driving seat after being a passenger for sooooo long

To that end , after a little chat with my neighbour i came up with a solution that i hope may in turn may offer an answer for you aswell?

My main problem was finding something that would be "easy" to take in and out of the vehicle and wouldnt damage the inside or require the normal self tappers / gaffer tape .....then, to link it someway to the cars existing fittings / interior to provide a rock-solid platform.

I used 3" x 2" wood as it was stood in the garage but i'm sure there will be a whole medium of other stuff you may have that will do the job as well or , better

The whole project hinges around using the bars of the headrest to provide a substantial fix.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...flerest003.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...flerest004.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...flerest002.jpg

The finished article after a little spray (krylon / fern pattern - yes , i wont give duracoat a run for their money i know!) and i have added some anti slip covering to the wood where the foreend sits (the type you have on your dash to stop things sliding about). I have added two pieces of wood at different heights too so i have an option for adjustment of distance shots. There is some cushioning to sit on the dash (see pic). So, in essence, its fixed via the headest and straddles across to sit on the dash. This allows you to rest your rifle/s butt on car floor and mod against seat.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...flerest001.jpg

Rocket science it aint BUT, its works and just needs a little "tinkering" and practice but it does give you a rock steady platform....

If you have a headrest in your vehicle then this may be the answer.......

Hope this helps someone

Gary
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