close
Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > The Basics, Starting Out

Reply

What To Put in Rests?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 01-30-2006, 11:20 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 20
What To Put in Rests?

Had my rifle shooting under 1 in. groups at 100 yards off of bench using sweat socks filled with sand. Since I was doing so well, I invested in the Caldwell little Rock rest and a rear bag. I filled both with lead shot since I had read that this worked well because it was so stable. First day on the range and I was never steadier. However my groups opened up to about 5 in. After about 20 rounds with 2 different rifles, my brother and I decided that it must be the rest. So I folded up a towel and put it over the front rest to make it softer and moved the rear bag farther back so the gun could come back easier without hitting the rear bag. My first group was 3/4 of an in.
What is the problem? Is it the front rest or the rear rest? I was going to try and fill the front bag with regular sand and see if the this helps.
Thanks for the help.
Justin
Reply With Quote
  •   #2  
    Unread 01-31-2006, 12:37 AM
    Gold Member
     
    Join Date: Mar 2004
    Location: Spokane, WA
    Posts: 521
    Re: What To Put in Rests?

    Shot has no give. Its heavy, but doesn't conform like sand. I'd fill both front and rear bag with sand. Not many BR shooters using shot! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
    Reply With Quote

      #3  
    Unread 01-31-2006, 06:49 AM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Mar 2002
    Location: McNeal, AZ
    Posts: 368
    Re: What To Put in Rests?

    I filled mine with bulk rice from the grocery store. It was about half the cost of sand, and I didn't notice any difference from when the bags used to hold sand.
    __________________
    If I can kill that coyote from here, Will you walk out to get him?
    Reply With Quote
      #4  
    Unread 01-31-2006, 08:55 AM
    Gold Member
     
    Join Date: Oct 2004
    Location: Northamptonshire England
    Posts: 676
    Re: What To Put in Rests?

    I fill my bags with bird cage sand, its fine, dry and flows very nicely.
    I think that Benchrest rules forbid bags filled with lead shot
    If you want some heft, there is special zircon bag sand which is extra heavy but it aint cheap.

    Ian.
    Reply With Quote
      #5  
    Unread 01-31-2006, 09:19 AM
    Junior Member
     
    Join Date: Nov 2005
    Posts: 3
    Re: What To Put in Rests?

    Cat litter
    Reply With Quote
      #6  
    Unread 01-31-2006, 09:52 AM
    Platinum Member
     
    Join Date: Jul 2003
    Location: Central PA
    Posts: 1,307
    Re: What To Put in Rests?

    Cat litter...you are kidding right...

    Play sand from Lowes or Home Depot will work.

    Zircon is better and heavier.

    Lead shot is a No-No in registered competition

    also be aware of how the sling stud tracks...dont want it smacking into the bags on recoil.

    To fill easily, tape a thin stiff tube/pipe to your reloading funnel and dump the sand in thru that.

    JB
    __________________
    Check it Out!!--> Shoot the Smack The Smiley Match...and help AmericanSnipers.org
    Reply With Quote
      #7  
    Unread 01-31-2006, 11:17 AM
    Platinum Member
     
    Join Date: Jun 2001
    Location: Potomac River
    Posts: 5,071
    Re: What To Put in Rests?

    Used cat litter is better [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
    __________________
    The Smokin Fur Rifle Club
    Reply With Quote
    Reply

    Bookmarks

    Thread Tools
    Display Modes


    Similar Threads for: What To Put in Rests?
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    WTS Two fall-away rests Scott300RUM Other Stuff For Sale 13 05-10-2011 12:49 AM
    rifle rests 7magWeb Member Introductions 1 02-21-2011 09:29 PM
    Whats everyone using for rests? gonewest Reloading 13 07-19-2010 01:22 PM
    Hunting rests Tim Behle Equipment Discussions 2 01-02-2003 08:23 PM
    Field rests Ian M Equipment Discussions 2 11-09-2002 07:56 AM


    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
    All content ©2010-2015 Long Range Hunting, LLC