best rest for load development

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by dmax1800, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. dmax1800

    dmax1800 Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to be developing a load for 3 different rifles and want to give each one the best opportunity for good groupings. In the past I've used a lead sled, but a couple of guys said that it may open up groups. I've also tried Caldwell shooting bags, but 1 rifle in particular seems to move the crosshairs either to the left or to the left and up when the gun recoils when using the shooting sand bags. I'm wondering if a Caldwell "The Rock" shooting rest would work any better in controlling the recoil. I've tried holding this particular rifle tight and loose, and loose seems to get the better groupings.

    Anyone have experience with using the shooting bags and "The Rock"?

    I just found a product called "Bulls Bag". Has anyone used it?
     
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  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Caldwell Lead Sled works good, but I can't afford one of them things, so I just use old bluejeans sewn up and stuffed with sand, and maybe a Caldwell bag on the buttstock.

    A light trigger, breathing excercises, don't flinch & pull, and lots of trigger time will help, also.
     

  3. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i use what benchrest shooters use; a pedistal and rear sand bag.
     
  4. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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  5. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    For me the best rest is my Sinclair Gen 3 bipod, rear bag, and laying prone.