Shooting Bench, your ideas

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  1. justinp61

    justinp61 Well-Known Member

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    I'm building a shooting bench, the base with seat I already have and the stem that the top will sit on is finished. The top will be sheetmetal maybe, it may get to hot to shoot off of though. I'm thinking 24" X 32" about 16" higher than the seat, my bags are Caldwell, the rear is 3 1/2" high and the front is 6". Not really high enough to suit me but I can work around that.

    What do you guys have or have built? Ideaslightbulb?


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  2. hammertyme

    hammertyme Well-Known Member

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    I do not build any but sure like using these made by Jim.

    Shooting Benches

    The adjustable seat moves according to the shooters needs,be it the size of the shooter or the location where the shooting is done.

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  3. jerrschmitt

    jerrschmitt Well-Known Member

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    I've been using the Coyote Jake bench for a number of years and like it just fine. My buddy and I built a few using the Coyote Jake pattern and now I have one for my range finder. They cost us about $50 to make not counting the seat.

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  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    vvv Check out the similar threads/post (and associated links) below. vvv
     
  5. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    a genuine Wilde range finder! Nazis used a lot of them for arty and anti aircraft spotting.
    gary
     
  6. jerrschmitt

    jerrschmitt Well-Known Member

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    Yup and it works as well today as it did back then.
     
  7. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    is it Nazi tagged or Swiss Army tagged? They were all made by the same folks
    gary
     
  8. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    Here is the bench that I made back in 1998. The top is 1" UHMW (I think that's right, cutting board material), the legs are stainless square tubing. The seat came from the center piece I cut out of the top. I used a router on the edges and counter sunk the stainelss bolts.

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    It weights about 50lbs and can be "rolled" into the back of a full size p/u. I used to do this and set up on groundhog fields in VA.
    The first summer I used it, back in N.C., I drilled a 2" hole in the center of the top so I cut fit a patio style umbrella in it. I soon figured out I'd have to endure the sun/heat if I wanted my bench to be steady in the wind. The umbrella caused a lot of unnecessary movement.
    All the legs are adjustable, as is the seat, but I haven't used this feature much because I built it for me.
    This thing has been tough. It's been backed over by my oldest son. Scratched the crap outta my wifes Grand Prix. Man, she was hot!
    One time it slid out of the back of my truck and skidded down the road for a long ways. I was running 55-60MPH.
    It's been to three different states with me, still here we are. JohnnyK.
     
  9. jerrschmitt

    jerrschmitt Well-Known Member

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    Most of the German ones I've seen were made by Zeiss in Jena. Heinrich Wild worked for Zeiss then established his own Company in Heerbrugg, Switzerland. Because of the neutrality act, Wild couldn't sell his product directly to Germany so they went there in round about ways. They were also sold to Japan before the war and then made in Japan later on. Most countries used a variation of the Wild or the Barr & Stroud.

    Mine has no military markings but has a ser no of 1. I know it's not the first one made because I have seen earlier dates.

    I would love to know its history.

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  10. justinp61

    justinp61 Well-Known Member

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    Here's what I wound up with, the base is what my skeet thrower mounts on. It tilts side to side and front to back.

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  11. jerrschmitt

    jerrschmitt Well-Known Member

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    Looks great. You have given me some ideas...........................
     
  12. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I've seen many photos of German anti tank gun crews using them at very long ranges. There's even a film clip of a Marder making a 3300yd. one shot kill on a T34, so they must have been very accurate. Also will see a lot of German 88's using them to set prox fuses during air raids. Interesting piece of history you have there
    gary
     
  13. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I hate working with UHMW!! That stuff cuts like bubble gum, and will weld itself to a cutter instantly. Delrin would have been easier to work with, but a piece that big would have been several hundred dollars. You can buy a free standing umbrella bracket that will hang out over your bench. Lowes and Menards have them.
    gary