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Unread 03-31-2011, 12:28 PM
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Shooting rest while developing loads

What rest do you all use while at the range testing loads or sighting in? I've been using a bipod with a rear bag. I've been thinking about purchasing a Caldwell Rock BR front rest. Without considering the human factor would a front rest like the Rock BR improve groups over a bipod attached to the front swivel?
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    Unread 03-31-2011, 04:10 PM
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    Re: Shooting rest while developing loads

    I use one of these with good results. The butterfly bag is much more stable than shooting with a bipod.

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    Unread 03-31-2011, 04:49 PM
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    Re: Shooting rest while developing loads

    Yes, the rock would be a lot more stable.
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    Unread 03-31-2011, 05:11 PM
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    Re: Shooting rest while developing loads

    What level/price-point of rest are you looking for?
    The front rests I sell are expensive and would take some time to get.



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    What rest do you all use while at the range testing loads or sighting in? I've been using a bipod with a rear bag. I've been thinking about purchasing a Caldwell Rock BR front rest. Without considering the human factor would a front rest like the Rock BR improve groups over a bipod attached to the front swivel?
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    Re: Shooting rest while developing loads

    A benchrest is more consistent -shooting off a bench. This of course would be more desirable with all the testing done during load development.
    But a lot of guns are sensitive to varying forearm pressure points. With these the POI changes with one bag to another, and one rest stop to another. Depending on your swivel stud threading protrusion and position, you might not be able to test with the rest under the stud position.
    So don't be surprised if your zero departs when you go back to a bipod.

    This really comes into play with cold bore load development..
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    Re: Shooting rest while developing loads

    I have used the Caldwell 7 shooting rest with very good results. It's light, adjusts easily, packs easily, and best of all, it is about $30. So for about the same money that I paid for my sand bags this rest is a lot more solid. Just my .02.
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    Re: Shooting rest while developing loads

    I often use the caldwell lead sled during load development, not so much for its recoil reduction, but because it is a very steady platform. Then after load development I go back to the bipod.
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