Shooting rest for load dev.

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  1. bill123

    bill123 Well-Known Member

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    I typically shoot prone off a bipod and am looking for a rest to use on a bench to make my load development more precise. And recommendations?
     
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    556 Well-Known Member

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    It really depends on how much you can/want to spend. Sinclair sells some really nice rest and of course Farleys are outstanding. I have a Bald Eagle rest from grizzly tools. It works very well for the money spent. It cost $165.00 not including a bag. I had Protektor make a custom bag for the rest.
     
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    Just a for your info and something you probably know.

    Your point of impact will change so it would be good to check.

    Depending on the rifle, a Coldwell FCS, full length for me. Sometimes a LeadSled if my buddy want to limit the physical aspects of the firing process. I have a JJ with 3inch flat and 2 1/2 round. A varmint type so a "standard" front rest for bench rest.

    My experience with Bald Eagle products is positive but I have not used the front rest.
     
  4. bill123

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    Thanks for the information. I'll loo into the suggestions. I'm not concerned about POI shift at this point, just load development.
     
  5. barefooter56

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    bill123,
    You may want to go over to benchrest central and look at how to get your rifle to slide(track) accurately in the bags ( front and rear) and what to use as a "lube" on your bag (s) so the rifle dosen't skip on recoil etc. Also be sure to remove the sling swivel studs ! And you may also want to look at items that attach to the forend of the rifle via the sling swivel attachment point to the stock or the sling swivel stud Ferrell such as the SINCLAIR forend benchrest adapter to reduce/prevent the rifle from "torquing" in the bags when fired. Watch the LED SLED. Items like this can result in damage to the rifle action or stock due to it being captured and not allowed to recoil so all that energy is focused on the rifle. There are some products out on the web that are like the LED SLED in that they hold the rifle instead of the shooter that have built in recoil dampening that dissipate the force off the rifle ( think recoil system on an artillery piece) but they can be expensive. Hope this helps!
     
  6. bill123

    bill123 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Phil. I have a rail on the bottom of my stock that will most likely interfere with tracking. Good to know about the LED Sled. I'll stay away from it.
     
  7. barefooter56

    barefooter56 Well-Known Member

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    bill123,
    Is it a Picatinny rail or Handstop rail?
     
  8. barefooter56

    barefooter56 Well-Known Member

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    Sinclair makes a Benchrest picatinney rail adapter (080-000-972) so you can use their 749-011-468 Forend benchrest rail adapter that works with handstop rails.
     
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    I was in the same boat wanting a new rest. After some thought and many rounds sent down range I always shot better off my cheap ole harris bipods than a rest. I use bipods a lot for varmint hunting so makes sense that's what im comfy with. I decided to go with a better bipod for load development. Gnergy over on accurate shooter makes a sweet bipod. Mine should be here next week so I can fill you in. Google gnergy bipods and have a look. Something to consider perhaps.
     
  11. bill123

    bill123 Well-Known Member

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    Picatinny rail
     
  12. barefooter56

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    bill123,
    See part numbers 749-011-468 and 080-000-972 on the Sinclair International website. If you want to use just a bipod then 749-011-620 adapter will give you the sling swivel stud to mount it to.
    Hope this helps!
     
  13. bill123

    bill123 Well-Known Member

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    That's great Phil. Thanks!
     
  14. barefooter56

    barefooter56 Well-Known Member

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    Sure thing1