What shooting rest bags?

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  1. hatfield954

    hatfield954 Well-Known Member

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    What would be the best shooting rest bags to purchase? I am looking to buy front and rear bags. They don't have to be the most expensive, just the best priced and most reliable. I have a couple portable benches with built on rests. Just wanting to add to the shooting supplies.
     
  2. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    I like Caldwell Firecontrol and Protektor bags.

    But, home made also works. A good canvas material filled with fine sand will often do the trick.

    -- richard
     

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    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    Boss Hoss,

    That's a great article.

    If you wanted to make some extra home made bags for the practice bench, what fabric might you suggest?

    I assume heavier sand is finer and will leak more easily through porous fabrics.

    Thanks,
    Richard
     
  5. Nimrod1203

    Nimrod1203 Well-Known Member

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    We always used old 20# shot bags. they worked great, and we had a few laying around from reloading shot shells. Also, cut the legs off of a old pair of jeans. It works too. sew one end, tie a knot in the other.......Those are the easy ones.
    Nimrod
     
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    I use Caldwell bags and fill them with ground walnut. You can buy it at a pet store for reptile bedding. I think a 20lb bag was less than $15. It weighs a little less than sand and feels identical.
     
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    We used to use shot bags with the lead shot still in them.

    Blue jean denim sounds good. I've got several pair that would work just fine.

    thanks!
     
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    Have any of you used the Caldwell Firecontrol System and for those that have, how well do you like it???? I just got one yesterday for my birthday from my wife and daughter.
     
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    I have one that's just the front rest. It's not a $3,000 bench rest competitor's dream. But, it works really well with my Savage 12F and the wide flat firearm.

    It's stable, with a relatively broad coarse adjustment range, and fine adjustments are easily managed with your free hand.

    I shoot most of my other rifles from bags or bipod since it's pretty bulky to lug around.

    I think you'll like it.

    -- richard
     
  10. Boss Hoss

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    Richard---might use old shot bags but the pool filter sand is graded and clean so you do not have any fines. When you fill bags you have get it packed in before you seal it. When I am filling one of mine it is about a 30 miute process.
     
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    I use a combination of a "dog gone good" front bag and home made bean bags for the rear.
    Dog gone good bags are garenteed for life.
    I have used several types and like them the most
    retiredcpo
     
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    My cousin who did a "little" shooting in the military said that he and his guys used pantyhose and beads from the craft stores for rear bags. Last time we were out shooting, I used it and liked it. Cheap too.
     
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    I shoot off a Harris bipod and the rear bag from this website's gear shop. I've used an old wool sock with rice and/or beads in it too but I like the rectangular bag better.

    Stuck a 2.75" group up at 300ish yards from prone earlier today (discounting 1 called flier caused by a flinch) with my A-bolt in .243 using this setup and a Thermarest Ridgerest for a mat. gun)
     
  14. Sully2

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    I do it likewise.