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#5514599 - 01/01/15 11:12 PM load testing .. what rest?
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when you load testing what rest are you guys using to help with some human error?
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#5514628 - 01/01/15 11:33 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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Sand bags, or one very much like this and a rear bag.


rest link


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#5514657 - 01/01/15 11:46 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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I think the best thing I've used so far may be the Bulls Bag X7 system. The Caldwell Full Length Fire Control rest is pretty good too. I do think the Bulls Bag system may be more effective though.
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#5514759 - 01/02/15 05:48 AM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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Bipod and a rear bag.

I will show you how in a couple weeks.
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#5514771 - 01/02/15 06:23 AM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Sand bags, or one very much like this and a rear bag.


rest link


^^^^^This

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#5514786 - 01/02/15 06:51 AM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Bipod and a rear bag.

I will show you how in a couple weeks.


JG, do you have a favorite commercial rear bag?

I have used a home-made rear bag that my wife sewed from the britches leg of a worn set of Levis probably 30 years ago. She even sewed in big ears, and it has served me well for all this time. But it is starting to wear through and leak sand in a couple places, and duct tape can only cover so many sins.

I'm not sure I can convince her to sew me another, so I may have to look at some store-bought options.
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#5514836 - 01/02/15 07:48 AM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: dawaba]
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http://wiebad.com/zen/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=78

I have three Wiebad bags, but I use this one the most. Not only for a rear bag, but for a steady rest bag when using some type of fixed object at various heights off the ground. The strap will let you fasten the bag around the barrel and stock just ahead of the front scope tube, which is where most rifles balance. It helps soften the contact of the rifle to the hard surface allowing a more steady positional shot. It is also just the right size for shooting prone or when I shoot off a bench at prairie dogs. This company was founded by two Texas shooters and they make everything un College Station, TX.
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#5514841 - 01/02/15 07:50 AM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: dawaba]
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None of their bags are full of sand. They're full of moisture resistent beads and the nylon is all weather as well. I left mine out in the rain one time. Just hang it up for a couple of hours and it's good to go. They won't start leaking and they are very light weight.
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#5514862 - 01/02/15 07:58 AM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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I have a few sandbags made from old shotbags and I'll use them or a combination of them and a bipod. It mainly depends on the rifle.
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#5515382 - 01/02/15 12:32 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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I bought bags of sand from the pool store because they are in plastic bags. I have a permanent bench set up at my range so I leave them there. I use a commercial rear bag I got from midway. Also have a number of 1x6 lumber to adjust the height of rear bag for different guns.
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#5515395 - 01/02/15 12:36 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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Most of the time I use a San Angelo bench rest and some home made sandbags. If I am really trying to wring out the tightest group I can, I use a Caldwell Lead Sled.
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#5515478 - 01/02/15 01:17 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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I use a bipod on the front and either a Triad Tactical wedgie bag or weibad loop bag in the back.

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#5515503 - 01/02/15 01:34 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Bipod and a rear bag.

I will show you how in a couple weeks.

+1. I use a bipod and sturdy rear bag. If the rifle is unbedded, then I will NOT use a bipod. It can throw shots.
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#5515516 - 01/02/15 01:44 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: daniel1381]
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What about a lead sled?
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#5515518 - 01/02/15 01:45 PM Re: load testing .. what rest? [Re: postoak]
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I have never used one. Chad reports that they can make a rifle shoot differently. I will take his word for it.
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