Favorite rest for benchrest shooting

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by foggybottombob, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. foggybottombob

    foggybottombob Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    What is your favorite rest to use for benchrest shooting and why do you like it?

    I'm unhappy with my current bulls bag shooting off the steel top tables at my range. I get a lot of "high" flyers where there might be one shot 4" high at 100 yds. It's the symptoms you get shooting off a hard rest.
     
  2. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    842
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2012
    I have a Farley rest, but if you are not competing might be a tad expensive. But since I have one that is what I use for testing all my rifles Solid and has a joy stick to make adjustments.
     

  3. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,158
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    I have a Caldwell front rest with the bubble level. it's fully adjustable. then I use a rabbit ear leather rear bag. works good. I also like that it's portable.
     
  4. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    690
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2012
    +1 I use the exact same setup, I also built a portable bench I can take to the field.
     
  5. foggybottombob

    foggybottombob Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    For you guys using mechanical rests, do you clamp the front bags to your forend or do you let it freely move back and forth on the front bag?
     
  6. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    842
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2012
    Let the rifle move
     
  7. foggybottombob

    foggybottombob Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    Just an observation. Last summer I shot off a bulls bag that was on my truck hood and got groups half the size of what I'm getting off the steel top tables at my current shooting range. I just ordered a caldwall rock BR. We'll see what that does for my groups.

    I've been getting fliers at the range with shots as much as 4" high at 100 yds. The only change I made was the tables at the range. My old range had wood top tables and this range has steel top tables. I notice that my rest slides around all over the table with a shot on the steel tables. I'm wondering if it would make sense to put down something like a small rug to make the rest stay in one place on the table.
     
  8. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    842
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2012
    There are rubber feet you can place under the steel pins on the rest but sure anything that will stop the sliding will work, also the rear bag should use a donut so it doesn't rock around.
     
  9. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    601
    Joined:
    May 2, 2012
    To the OP,

    I kicked around a ton of options in my head before buying a new front rest myself. I've had/used the heavier cast base rests in the past, but wanted to lose the extra weight but keep the stability. Therfore I wanted something that was ultra stable, well made & lighter for F-class use but was also at home on a bench. I also knew that I really liked the design, quality and performance of the 21st century front rest top a friend of mine shoots with too. Its all C&C aluminum, US made and has huge easy to use side owl ear knobs on its pinch plates unlike the sinclair and caldwell tops that have the tiny frustrating knobs. I ended up building an ultra stable, & functional front rest using the following peices. Total weight of the rest is around 8.5 lbs.

    1) Sinclair liteweight benchrest base kit* (base, legs, post only)
    2) Sinclair elevation wheel (boat wheel style)
    3) 21st century front rest top w/edgewood bag & reinforced bottom upgrade.
    4) Benchrite superfeet bases for concrete surfaces. 2.75 dia.
    5) Set of farley legs from PMA tool. (not shown in these pics)

    Of course you can use any protektor front bag style as well that will support your particular stock design the best. I got the edgewood however for a few reasons. First being they offer a 3 inch wide bag to exactly fit my MBR tracker forend which allows the gun to track smoothly and torque free. Second, they are high quality & made from both leather (sides) & nylon cordura (contact surfaces) so it allows the stock to slide easily upon recoil & even better with stock tape. Lasty, are super precise and hold their shape very well. The 21st century top is awesome, it was the best 85$ Ive spent in a log time, lots of quality for the $ spent & I really like the wide adjustment range the forened stop bar gives you. The benchrite feet are a must have as well, either for F-class style shooting or bench to eliminate your leg tips from wearing down on concrete benches or ripping up your shooting mats. The only part of my setup I sort of wish I had was a windage top to allow easier fine tuning. I may end up getting a windage top sometime in the near future, who knows.

    Hopefully this helps give you some ideas on features that you'd like your rest to have.

    Below are a few pics to show you a little better.
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Apr 24, 2013
  10. johnhhernan

    johnhhernan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    124
    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2013
    Well for what its worth, I was using a cheap Caldwell wheel adjustable with some cheap bags that i got at a garage sale a couple of years ago, it worked great.

    So I saw a guy a the range with a Caldwell lead sled FCX I used it at 200 yards Friday it would shoot 1.25 inches, so I'm sending it back. Here is why i'm sending it back I shot 5 .204" at 200 yards the day before with my cheap old Caldwell front rest.

    I then put the Caldwell FCX away went back to my Caldwell wheel adjuster rest with my rear bean bags and guess what, yep, you guessed it right, I'm back to damn near one hole at 200 yds.

    Anyone know why?

    I gots my theories....
     

    Attached Files: