shooting bench

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by okieboy, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. okieboy

    okieboy New Member

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    Ok so I'm drawing up some plans to build a shooting bench for my farm in OK. I'll have seats on both sides to accommodate both left and right hand shooters. The cross section (widest part) is 7' wide. The entire length is 7' long so people can go prone on it. The long part of the T is 3' wide. The seats will be 17" square. Is this a good start? How should I brace this because I want it to be mobile. Any ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions?
     
  2. jjfuller1

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    Making a bench that size will be heavy. And probly not very Mobil. I think you should really decide which you want more and go from there. For a non Mobil bench you have a good start
     

  3. Txhillbilly

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    So you're wanting to build an elevated shooting bench for prone shooting. Why?
    Prone shooting usually works best from a ground position,and they sell some pretty nice shooting mats just for that purpose.
     
  4. okieboy

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    Its not just for prone shooting but I'd like that option. Also I need slight elevation to ensure my rounds will be aimed into the valley I'll be using as a shooting range. Look at Hickok45 on YouTube. Subtract the trees and lower the opposite hill and that's what I have. Also for the previous quote, once I build it it will stay on the farm. I might adjust it/move it occasionally but it won't be leaving the farm.
     
  5. clr8ter

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    Yeah, I wouldn't want to move that thing too far. Looks good as a stationary or little-moved item, though. Last year I built a wooden take apart shooting bench you can throw into your truck. It works decent, but it's harder than it looks to build something out of wood that's light, strong, and mobile. It's a work in progress....
     

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  6. okieboy

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    I realize mine is very big. But I hate having to sit next to a bench and lean over to get behind the rifle. I'd rather have the rifle in front of me. Maybe just a 7' long 3' wide rectangle and I'll sit on the length side usually and when I wanna go prone just turn the table 90°
     
  7. Txhillbilly

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    clr8ter New Member

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    Yeah, that bench looks nice! Mine weighs half that, and probably cost me $10. But it doesn't look as nice.
     
  9. Crazycastor

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    I think as long as its stable when sitting or lying on it, you did good. Only thing I see as a problem is when lying on it and shooting, it might take a minute to settle down after you have shot and racked a new round into the chamber.