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Old 08-01-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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I just bought a new rifle and built a shooting bench. I also bought a lead sled solo. My question is..... Is it a good idea to bolt my lead sled to my shooting table? The table is not stationary but it is pretty heavy since it is made out of P.T. lumber. Can bolting the lead sled to the table help me or hurt me?

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
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I don't see anything to be gained from bolting sled to table but I also don't see how it hurt anything if you did bolt it to the table. When sighting in a rifle a sled is not even needed.

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Isn't the purpose of a Lead Sled to moderate (lessen) felt recoil? If bolted down wouldn't that add the wt. of the bench to the weight of the sled (if your bench has you sitting on it you would also have to add your weight to the equation). A body can do it and it might be interesting to compare a totally locked down rifle to the point of impact when a rifle is shoulder fired.
Just finished an article in Backwoods Home Magazine by Massad Ayoob where he stated that using a solid rest for a light rifle will change the point on impact on a target.
You squeeze the trigger, the hammer strikes (or the firing pin strikes), the powder is ignited, and your projectile starts on its merry way. At this point the harmonics begin. These vibrations are what lead FN (Browning, Winchester)engineers developed their "Boss" system. These vibrations are why you can not run a regular four wheel drive locked in on dry roads, or you will destroy your transfer case. Anyhow -change the harmonics and change the point of impact.
Are you simply trying to develop a load, or sight in your rifle for the field? So have fun!

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