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Old 10-20-2012, 10:46 PM   #31
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It would be wonderful if rifle ranges made the lead sleds available for rent. They are not cheap but with my hands that can shake, it certainly help me to get it on target. The rest would be up to me. I really want one but have not found the courage to shell out the bucks to buy one.
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It is fine to sight your rifle with the sled to get it close. You should then sight it from a position closer to how you will shoot in the field - prone, resting on your hand on bags, etc. Your point of impact between the sled and your prone might be an inch or two at 100 yards.
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Subzero,you might also think about getting a Bulls Bag.I use one a lot when I doing load development.It's a lot cheaper and easier to use than a Leadsled.
Just fill the bag with Kitty litter.Mine weighs about 20lbs,and it reduces felt recoil really well,plus holds the rifle very steady.The surface that the rifle sets on is kinda tacky.Use a rear bag with it,and you can get your scope dialed in very fast.

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Txhillbilly, I realize this thread is long old...
I have a Lead Sled DFT, but am thinking a setup like shown above would be more stable and have less wobble and slop for identifying what ammo shoots well in my rifles.

Do you still use the setup above for load development? If so, is there anything you would do/buy differently with what you know now? If you don't use this setup any longer, what have you found works better.

im not so concerned about weight. I'd mostly be shooting my hunting AR's, single-shot break-actions, and 22's.

In hindsight, the lead sled is good for reducing recoil, and getting sighted in close (hunting accuracy), but I don't feel confident with it for load comparison.
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For sighting in a heavy-recoiling rifle, I slip a sandbag in-between it and my shoulder.

Once it is sighted in and it's time to practice, I do not use the sandbag at my shoulder again.

Sandbag: Empty shot bag filled with sand.
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Good tip. For load development/ammo comparing, what's your setup?
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Txhillbilly, I realize this thread is long old...
I have a Lead Sled DFT, but am thinking a setup like shown above would be more stable and have less wobble and slop for identifying what ammo shoots well in my rifles.

Do you still use the setup above for load development? If so, is there anything you would do/buy differently with what you know now? If you don't use this setup any longer, what have you found works better.

im not so concerned about weight. I'd mostly be shooting my hunting AR's, single-shot break-actions, and 22's.

In hindsight, the lead sled is good for reducing recoil, and getting sighted in close (hunting accuracy), but I don't feel confident with it for load comparison.
Shopfox, I use the Bull bag as well as a Caldwell Rock rest for most off my shooting off a bench. I also use bipod's on different rifles since I use them in the field when we hunt and target shoot at long range shooting prone.
With shooting off a bipod, you need to learn how to load up the bipod with your weight to get repeatable results shooting.
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Good tip. For load development/ammo comparing, what's your setup?
I use a couple of cheap Caldwell bags. I think they were twenty bucks, something like that.

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I have found that the most important thing is to hold my mouth just right, while pulling the trigger.
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Rest the rifle on your sandbags or pedestal or whatever and hold the butt in your left hand. In other words, your left hand, or at least the fingers, are between your rifle and your shoulder. You can take most of the recoil with your hand and your shooting session will be pain-free. I tested a lead sled years ago and was able to shoot better groups without it with every rifle I tested. GD
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300 wsm Tikka.jpg I like the sled for sighting a new scope, say what you want but this new sled is very sturdy and fits my needs perfectly. the Caldwell bags are not high enough for me..and without any added weight to this new style LS my 300 wsm didn't move much at all..223 Savage.jpg and my 223 heavy barrel had less kick than a pellet gun..

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