Portable benches

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by rwleonard, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. rwleonard

    rwleonard Well-Known Member

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    Any recommendations or warnings on selecting a portable bench? I am looking at the BR Pivot and Coyote Jake models,but am open to ideas.

    Thanks, Rick
     
  2. wildcat

    wildcat Well-Known Member

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    Rick, I have been looking at buying a portable bench myself. All I know is they both cost an arm and a leg, and I still haven't decided if I need to spend that kind of money. The table and chairs I have been using, seem to work just fine. I guess I would rather spend $600.00 on a new barrel, action, stock, ect. I have heard that the BR Pivot is the best one to buy, however, as I mentioned before it is very expensive. Good luck.

    Wildcat
     

  3. tylercleary

    tylercleary Well-Known Member

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    I've used the two I've listed below and have found them to be pretty stable and well made - as long as the ground is level they work fine. The Cabelas brand is definitely worth the money. FYI: Throw away the pivoting arms and use your own sand bags.


    Cabelas shooting bench

    Big Game shooting bench



    TAC
     
  4. rwleonard

    rwleonard Well-Known Member

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    I feel your pain there Wildcat. I would already have a BR Pivot if it didn't cost so much. I was telling my g-hog shootin' buddy last night that its a lot more fun spending money on guns than support gear, but sometimes you gotta do it.

    Thanks for the links, TAC, I'll check those out.

    Rick
     
  5. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    Last week I used a Coyote Jakes and a Cabela's for a shooting test. The Coyotes Jakes is a one ton, the Cabela's is a light half-ton if you compared them to trucks. Both worked well, the Jakes setup more stable on uneven ground, has three points whereas the Cabelas has four.
    Have used both a lot for p-dogs and they both work but the Jakes is a lot more versatile. Only change is to put a different top on the bench that is not so slippery. Easy to do by draping a chunk of cloth or canvas over it.
    Jakes is worth every penny - it is very nicely made. Will last a lot longer than the Cabelas I believe.
     
  6. elkfirst

    elkfirst Well-Known Member

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    I built my own bench from 3/4" plywood and 2 x 4's. It incorporates the seat and can be adjusted for LH or RH shooters. I also built my own shooting rest. It weighs in at 23.5 lbs and lets me shoot my .338 all day if I choose to. I wish I knew how to attach pictures, but I don't.
     
  7. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

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    Elkfirst,
    I found the easiest way to attach pics is to first load them on a site like www.photobucket.com which is free. You can then click on the image icon right below where you type your message here and copy and paste the URL address for that picture there. Presto! Hope this helps.
     
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    elkfirst Well-Known Member

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  10. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

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    In the "INSTANT UBB CODE" click on "IMAGE" (not URL)

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  11. Jimm

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    RW,

    I built mine and when I get around to building it in aluminum it will be great .
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    It is not evident in the pix but there is a 1/4 " groove milled in the allthread that is the front rest post . Thayt peevrnts it from spinning as you turn the elevation wheel ( nu t with some barstock welded on ) . This is a very stable bench . I also set posts in concrete at places I shoot so that I can attach the tabletop only .

    Jim B.

    Jim B
     
  12. rwleonard

    rwleonard Well-Known Member

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    I bought a surveyor's tripod and 5/8" nut at Home Depot. I epoxied the nut into the bottom of the benchtop that I had been clamping into my workmate. This tripod is a bit different. It looks like a big, heavy-duty camera tripod with half-size survey-type legs attached to a center elevation post.

    I have only dry-fired in the backyard with it so far, but I think it should be just fine. Percieved advantages at this point are:
    1. Lower cost - about $225 total.
    2. lighter weight.
    3. Easier transportation and storage.
    4. Greater elevation adjustment (kneeling to standing)

    The only draw-back I see is that it does not have an integral, rotating seat.

    I hope to go g-hoggin' with it this Saturday. I will try to post pics and a report.

    Thanks for everbody's input.

    Rick