Shooting Rest Needed- Which One ??

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Down Under Hunter, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    What are your thoughts on a quality shooting rest for use over the bench ?? I have used the CAldwell lead sled but have not seen anything else ??

    Any ideas ?

    Cheers DUH
     
  2. hvy barrel

    hvy barrel Well-Known Member

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    I have a Sinclair B/R rest with the all purpose windage top. It works just fine, the only complaint I have is having to remove the front sling stud. All of my rifles are hunting rifles not benchrest rifles. You could save some money & go wtih a Caldwell Rock BR & probably get just as good results.
    I have also used an Uncle Buds Bulls bag, bench model with very good results. Set it on a 3" to 4" thick spacer to facilitate the use of a good rear bag. I have not seen these advertised in a while, I don't know if they are still made.
     

  3. James H

    James H Well-Known Member

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    I use a Caldwell Rock BR front rest and an Edgewood Original Gator rear bag.
    James
     
  4. goodgrouper

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    Do you want a rest that reduces recoil or a BR legal rest for sporter weight rifles?
     
  5. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    GG,

    Just looking for something to steady me up for bench work with a new 338 rifle. I have only ever used sand bags and more recently a Caldwell lead sled. I quess a reasonably priced rest with recoil reduction being second priority.

    If I remember correctly I think I saw a pic of your thunder sitting in craddle like rest with forward and rear rests ? Just want something that is reasonably priced, it won't be used for BR comps but just to practice at long range for hunting applications

    Thanks again

    DUH
     
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  7. goodgrouper

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    The rest I always use for big guns is the Benchmaster. I throw sandbags over the arms for more weight to reduce recoil even more.

    The lead sled is ok but there are no adjustable legs on it to compensate for uneven shooting benches. The gun will recoil differently if canted in the case of a lightweight big boomer.
     
  8. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    GG,

    Thanks for that . I checked that rest out and it looks like a good simple rig. Could you suggest the best place to buy one and have shipped to LA. I saw it on cabelas website.

    Thanks

    DUH
     
  9. urbaneruralite

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    Compared to a one piece front & rear mechanical rest, I have more consistent results with front and rear bags. A rabbit ear rear with a bulls bag is fairly economical and very steady. I use Protektor model and Uncle Bud's brands, but they are others.

    They don't sell bench rests and rear bags down under?
     
  10. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Urban,

    Just not enough choice here. I started using a mechanical rest and found my groups improved dramatically. I also had to do very little adjustment to the rifle between shots to keep it on the target. After shooting with a sled I don't think I would use the bags again if I had a choice.

    Cheers

    DUH
     
  11. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    Cabela's is probably as good as any. However, I would try and contact the manufacturer directly. Maybe that would be cheaper. I know the guy who runs the business and he is a heck of a great guy. I call him about once a year and tell him I need new rubber feet for my rest and he sends them free of charge and no questions asked.
     
  12. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    GG,

    Thanks for the info. Can you tell me the name of the manufacturer and where they are based ?

    Thanks once again !

    DUH
     
  13. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    try this: Rifle Rests by BenchMaster® Rifle Rest
    They are out of Montana.
     
  14. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    GG,

    Much appreciated. I'll order one.

    Cheers for now !

    DUH