Your Opinion on Drag bag/mat vs case and bringing mat?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by matt_3479, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Curious what you guys like as far as shooting mats and bringing a rifle case or something like a Drag bag/mat in one? I was thinking of getting a drag bag but seems like a pain in the --- casue you need to take everything out before using the mat?
    Lets hear it
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    If you need a case of some sort to carry around a rifle it's not a bad way to go.

    If you already have all the rifle cases you need it's a waste of money.

    I rarely shoot off of any kind of mat but when I do I just use a surplus sleeping bag foam pad. They are dirt cheap and do the job very well.

    If you need something to keep down the dust from your muzzle blast all you need is a piece of canvas or something similar about 2 yards x a yard. A toe sack (simple burlap bag) cut down both sides and laid out flat works great.
  3. No Fear in Accuracy

    No Fear in Accuracy Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2001
    PROS and CONS with the drag bag.

    Most drag bags will fit rifles up to 55" OAL.
    Some of them have shoulder straps.

    When shooting prone, sometimes the dirt will be on the mat, you have to clean it up before putting the rifles and stuff inside.
    Some of them are not water proof.
  4. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    I would have to look up what I have. But it is basically a 3 sectoin case- matt. My rifle fits nice and has shoulder strap and D rings so I could easy rig to horse. I love it for rig type hunting, rainy or snow and just flop it out. For hike hunting I dont touch it. I practice off it also for in field
  5. BackpackHunter

    BackpackHunter Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    My vote is for the drag bag. I'm a huge fan of gear pulling double duty.

    I currently own and use one made by Condor. It's survived my hunting adventures and range days. A neat feature it has is removable and/or storable shoulder straps so it can be worn like a backpack.

    They are a good price and so, far I've been happy with the quality.
  6. Armored Transport

    Armored Transport Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    I use a GunSlinger II pack and if I feel the need to bring along my Midway mat it easily attaches to the pack for quick on and off.
  7. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    For hunting situations where I hunt from a vantage point or its feasible to set up, and for test shots in the field , I carry a nylon mat that's roughly 4x7 feet in size. it's waterproof, quiet, and shakes dust and dirt off easily. It folds to take little room in my daypack. It serves other uses as well. After several years, this has proved to be the most effective and practical approach for my hunting style.