How much do your support bags actually weigh?

Discussion in 'Backpacking Gear & Clothing' started by BallisticsGuy, May 11, 2019.


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  1. BallisticsGuy

    BallisticsGuy Well-Known Member

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    Pool noodle isn't a bad idea but I'd think it'd lack some suppleness. I'm still going to try it because why not.

    George: Got you covered. It'll ship tomorrow at noon. Would ship today but, "Sunday".

    I made my first custom bag design. This one is meant to be used while shooting from the back of a Range Rover in Africa. It'll sit just right on the 3" tubular rails. Last year in Africa I used much heavier bags and they were not optimal. They kept falling and they were so heavy and dense that I lost necessary agility in being able to move the rifle while shooting at game. I didn't bother with adding straps and such yet but it'll get some.

    This was deliberately a very easy design to build since I haven't sewn other than to attach a button or fix a tear in something like 30 years. Needed to refresh those skills on something easy. Material is cotton/poly 50/50 blend in digital woodland. The local fabric shop did not carry codura. Jerks. Men buy fabric too ya' know.

    The shape is basically a half-donut in one aspect as you can see in the pic but it's also able to go flat as a 14"x12" rectangle that's 3" thick, or fold up to 6"-7" thick fore end support, flip to the side to get 8-9" tall or flip to the other side for 9-11" tall. The half moon convex side is meant to lay over barricade materials like 4x4 posts and steel pipes like you find on the pickups African game guides seem to all have without having to fiddle with it. In that mode it makes for 3" of pretty firm fore end support. It could work as a toe support as well though it's a little big for that. Weight is less than 4 ounces.

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    I found a "fabric" that's supposed to have ultra high sliding friction so I've ordered a sample and will make a bag out of it and see how that does as well.
     
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  2. bowkill02

    bowkill02 Well-Known Member

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    Can I ask why more people do not use the bipod buddy rear rest. They are light weight and rock solid
     
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  3. BallisticsGuy

    BallisticsGuy Well-Known Member

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    I would imagine because they're "rock solid" that they have many though not all of the same kind of problems as a monopod. Even though they're adjustable they're not squeeze adjustable (well, I'd have my hands clear of that scissor looking part for sure) so it'd take more time to get it set just right. I have monopods built in to a couple stocks and I NEVER use them because it takes too long and once you have it set it's only set for 1 shot then I have to spend gobs of time resetting my position. With a squeeze bag I just squeeze the bag.
     
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  4. bowkill02

    bowkill02 Well-Known Member

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    Well because the butt of your rifle sits Inside the buddy it is able to slide and you as the Shooter can manipulate the stock position inside the cross. By moving the stock forward and back you are able to move your crosshairs up and down. To me unless you're first and second shots are hundreds of yards apart there is no real need to rest the position of the bipod buddy. I understand to each there own, and I meant no offense by asking my question. I've just had some good experiances with using one while hunting, and the fact that it is so lightweight and packable makes it a no brained for me. Rear support bags are a great option though especially when your able to cut so much weight.
     
  5. TheLongRanger83702

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    https://eberlestock.com/collections/shooting-aids-rests/products/triple-wedge-shooting-rest

    Dont know if you saw this:
     
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    This is my go-to rear bag for both LRH and PRS competition. Works superbly!
     
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  8. BallisticsGuy

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    Exactly where the difference resides. My targets are usually numerous bits of steel spread over many hundreds of yards distance as well as being spread out horizontally by sometimes 30 degrees or more and I'm under time pressure. The very rare occasions where I'm shooting at meat I don't like to shoot further than about 500 yards and I only really do that on private land anymore so I can pretty much be sure of a shot inside that distance if I'm going to get a shot.
     
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  9. George Dean

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    I have one in my safe. I tried to use it several times and if the underside of your stock is angled, as most OEM rifles are, it tends to slide up towards the wrist. The small bags, especially the super light ones, are easy to use and foolproof. They are also usable for any type of stock. That's my experience with the Bipod Buddy. If I every get any of the stocks which have a level bottom, ala the tactical family, I'll give it another try.
     
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  11. rodreguez

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    How can I get in touch with you Ballistics guy to order some media?
     
  12. slv hunter

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    +1 I would be interested too
     
  13. BallisticsGuy

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    direct message works (on this site they're "conversations") or email ballisticxlr at gmail.
    see above.

    I still have a good bit on hand.

    I just did a hiking match yesterday using my midwayusa toe bags I refilled with this media. Fantastic stability and on a brutal hike I was down about 9lbs from my usual load out and I felt that difference in how tore up I am, or rather am not, today compared to how I usually feel after a match on that course. I did have to be cautious and keep my bags from blowing away in the 15mph+ winds.