Best Front Rest Under $200?

Konrad

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Hello,
I am learning the ins and outs of a Savage LR Hunter in 7mm Rem Mag and working on load development. I have finally solved my head position behind the scope and its poor mounting issues. I have found that the most consistent shooting position off the bench is with a nearly upright spine. As such, that requires quite a few sand bags at the front and rear. Adjusting after each shot is time consuming and frustrating.

I would like to purchase a front rest that will be smoothly adjustable and won't fall apart when I go back to my 375. Should I just skip to a bipod or is there another solution.
I would like to keep the purchase price below $200.

Thanks in advance,
Konrad
 

dmoon

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Anything they sell at Sinclair International would be a step up for you. They have their lightweight rest with basic top on sale for $139 right now.
 

Skimafia

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I would go with a bipod and stick with it. You want to be able to mimic in the field what you do on the bench.
There are some other reasons to a bipod over a bag and its bipod loading and recoil management. I found out about this the hard way. I was doing load development and finding that poor shooting controls were being taken by me causing very inconsistent results. I spent some time practicing on a bipod and have all but eliminated those issues.
 

TheDude270

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I am in the market for a lower cost front rest as well. I've heard good things about the Cadwell Fire control. Some posts I've read state that it's better the the rock br. It doesn't look at durable for larger rifles but I've only read of 1 issue someone had from a post in 2010 or thereabouts. As mentioned above though, for weight and quality construction it's hard to beat some of those big name rests I'd imagine and people are a lot less likely to regret it's purchase.
 

shphtr

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I used a front rest for years but finally reasoned that my practice at the range should closely mimic my field shooting as much as possible. In addition I noticed that all my successful sheep hunting friends were using bipods ... and had been doing so for years. Old habits die hard but now I use the same bipod at the range that I use in the field. Not sure why it took me so long to “catch on” but I have no regrets. Good luck.
 

BeaverHunter

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I used a front rest for years but finally reasoned that my practice at the range should closely mimic my field shooting as much as possible. In addition I noticed that all my successful sheep hunting friends were using bipods ... and had been doing so for years. Old habits die hard but now I use the same bipod at the range that I use in the field. Not sure why it took me so long to “catch on” but I have no regrets. Good luck.
What brand of bipod do you recommend without having to spend over $200?
 

shphtr

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For sheep hunting I like the Neopod at 3.9 oz. but it exceeds a $200 budget limit. 2nd choice would be either the EOL Bipod or the Atlas Bipod. In fact I may be taking the EOL to Russia this fall.
 

86alaskan

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for under 200 with all the necessary functions you'd want, get a 6-9" harris brm-s I think. has pan and tilt, notched legs. get the pod loc to make it easier to lock into position. it'll probably run you about $130 all in. they aren't the end all be all of tactical bipods, but they're very good and are excellent for hunting and quick deployment.
 

shphtr

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All depends on what you are looking for in a bipod and which/what properties are most important to you - lots of choices available. Pick the one that most closely meets your needs and budget. Good luck
 

BJH

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I use the Caldwell Rock BR. I have not owned any of the others so I can not compare it. But, for the price, I think it is a great setup. I have been using it for several years and it has worked great for me. Most sporting good's stores carry the Caldwell stuff and you should be able to walk in and pick one up somewhere close to home.
 

1ASSASSIN

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I use a Harris bi-pod, the 6-9 inch bench rest model, and at least for me, it works as good in the field as what it does on the bench.
 

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