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Old 08-03-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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I have just started shooting bench rest w/M1A. I use an adjustible steel rest w/padding. I see shooters using shooting bags filled with? There are so many types and a back one too. Some look too low, maybe for prone. The bags look to be a more stable platform. Any suggestions from you experienced folks would be appreciated. Also what kind of fill.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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I made some cheap shooting bags out of empty shot (shotgun shell lead bb's for reloading) canvas bags. Filled them with floor Hi Dry (clay absorption material) wired the ends shut and wrapped the exposed wire with electrical tape. They worked great, practically free.
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Being in Chicago, maybe you could use the soft heads of your Mayor and Governor as a rest...

Simple sand bags work great, I bought the Caldwell rests at a local sporting goods store, no complaints...
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Dry beans, poured in an ankle high stocking, tied off, and put inside a sock. Youd need to keep this dry through. Im gonna make another one with plastic craft beads at some point.
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Bird seed in my portable (sand)bags because its so much lighter and washed sand in my benchrest rest and rear bag for the added weight.

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Caldwell bags filled with Corn Cob Brass Cleaning Media. (The cage stuff at the pet store is cheaper.)

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I use a canvass bag filled with course sand under the forearm; and I use canvass bag filled with northern beans for under the butt-stock.
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I am a reloader i recycle the old media out of my brass polisher. I put it in plastic bags and i make the bags out of socks and old blue jean leags. If i don't have any old media on hand i use kitty letter.
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If you are shooting real benchrest you are going to need a mechanical rest like a Sinclair int.

If you are just shooting off a bench then invest in a quality set of leather bags like those from Protektor.

I use the sinclair heavy sand in my bags.

if you want a great all in one bag look at Dog-Gone-Good shooting bags. These are 100% american made by a nice family. don't buy the ripoffs made by midwayusa.

Another bag I have used and like is the bulls bag.

The problem with corn cobb is if it gets wet you have to break it apart and dry it. Plastic pellets also work good.
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Here is what I use & they are cheap, couple bucks for the duck tape..............
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