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#5779964 - 06/08/15 09:21 PM How to use a Lead Sled
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I'm wanting to know how to properly use a lead sled.

Do I put pressure on the lead sled with my shoulder?
Do I hold the gun firmly?
Do I just let the gun sit in it on the target and only press the trigger?
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#5780369 - 06/09/15 08:37 AM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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Purchase a good quality bipod and sand bags for the rear. Never had any luck with a lead sled
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#5780507 - 06/09/15 09:33 AM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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Originally Posted By: MathMan
I'm wanting to know how to properly use a lead sled.

Do I put pressure on the lead sled with my shoulder? yes
Do I hold the gun firmly? yes
Do I just let the gun sit in it on the target and only press the trigger? no


I agree with BigPig though. Bags are preferable. I like a front bag more than a bipod as well.

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#5780740 - 06/09/15 11:54 AM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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I use a heavy adjustable front rest (cast iron) I got at Cabela's years ago. I pair it with a Protektor rabbit ear hard bottom rear bag filled with lead shot. The combo is very stable and comfortable. I also use a drummer's stool so I can get myself to the right height.
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#5781304 - 06/09/15 05:10 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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If I'm going to be doing a lot of shooting it's a blessing and I use two 25lbs bags of lead shot.
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#5781317 - 06/09/15 05:24 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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Thanks for the help. In be using a Caldwell lead sled tomorrow and hopefully this helps.
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#5782007 - 06/09/15 11:36 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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I've taken to using a bipod only here lately. It's a more "field use realistic" thing for me.
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#5782651 - 06/10/15 12:13 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: BigPig]
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Purchase a good quality bipod and sand bags for the rear. Never had any luck with a lead sled


This.^^

Lead sleds are evil and should be destroyed with fire.

Rifles shoot differently inside the sled. Learn proper technique and ahoot the rifle without the sled.
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#5784489 - 06/11/15 12:24 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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Put it on your work bench and use it as a stand to mount scopes and accessories, never shoot a rifle in it. Shoot just with a big sand bag to rest the front of the stock and a small bag under the but and get familiar with your weapon, you shouldn't need a lead sled if the kick is that bad get a brake installed.


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#5785014 - 06/11/15 05:41 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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I ended up just working at the ranch. Didn't get to shoot.

I'll take y'all's advice on the lead sled. I've read a lot about it and it seems like there's a lot of info about it being bad.

I have a bipod on the front, I built some sand bags fm for the back out of pant legs and small gravel. Next time I shoot I'll use that stuff.

My problem is the medicine I take makes me shake a ltiile bit all the time. I am never still so it always hurts my shooting. I've figured out that I need to eat and be hydrated before shooting and that helps but I still shake some.

Any thoughts on how to be more still. I've read something about making your gun do small circles or figure 8s. I don't understand how that works. Any help is appreciated.
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#5785291 - 06/11/15 08:38 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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Get the rear bag built up enough that your scope is looking low on the target. Rest your head on the stock where you are relaxed all but the hand holding the rear bag. Apply a light to moderate grip to the stock with the firing hand. Slow steady pressure to the trigger, straight to the rear, until it breaks. Swinging left to right, or figure eights means your are unstable and should not shoot until you build a better position.
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#5785384 - 06/11/15 09:43 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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I hold mine down with a heavy sandbag. I like it for sighting a new scope.

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#5786771 - 06/13/15 12:27 AM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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I like my lead sled a lot. The trick is to let the sled do ALL of the work when it comes to aiming. Apply slight pressure to the shoulder/back of the sled. Enough to stop recoil but not enough to where you shouldering it moves the reticle. Adjust the front and/or back adjustments so that the crosshairs are center of the target. You want it like this when you're not even shouldering the gun. Letting the sled aim by itself. That along with a slow trigger squeeze will all but eliminate possible human error. So you KNOW where the gun/scope is each shot and you don't have to wonder if you were off center when the gun fired. Putting a bag or flat bench weight on the sled, under the rifle, will take 95% of the guns remaining recoil away.

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#5787361 - 06/13/15 03:11 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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I don't have a lead sled but have something similar. I love it. It enables me to determine exactly what my rifle and load are capable of delivering. It reduces human error. I use it exclusively when working up loads.

After I find the best load I switch to bags and/or bipod depending on application. I compare how well I shoot compared to what the rifle can do. At that point it is practice, practice, practice.

Put your shoulder on it, hold firmly, control breathing, squeeze trigger.
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#5787889 - 06/13/15 09:59 PM Re: How to use a Lead Sled [Re: MathMan]
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I like my lead sled, but I have the front V cranked all the way down and very tight. I use one of those small truck window sandbags draped across the V.
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