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 Post subject: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:53 pm 
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Mo told me about this rest. It doesn't cost that much (around $25) and it works pretty good!!

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I throw a couple of home-made sand bags on it for a little weight and that helps to keep it from moving.

But, I had an insane (for me) number of scopes to mount recently, and this works good to set the rifle in while I work on it.
Then, I use it to laser bore-sight the scope after it's mounted.

I have one fella that has bought and had me mount 6 Leupold VX-3 scopes on his high-powered rifles and one VX-1 for his 22...
And there was about that many other people wanting scopes mounted too!! I still have a few more to go...

So, I was bringing that Caldwell rest in the house and down to the basement to mount a scope,
and then taking it back out to the suburban when I went to the range.
It was happening on a way to regular basis!!
Once I drove to the range with my AR and discovered I forgot the rest at home. :evil:

So I decided to get another rest. I have always had my eye on this one:

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I especially liked that picture on the lower right on the box, with the AR and 30 round mag.
This rest has like 2 plastic "tubes" that hold the front and rear of it together.
That allows more room for the mag in the middle. Plus its a little taller - which is good!!

I just used a 10 round mag in my AR with the Caldwell rest.
I also could screw the Caldwell apart and have more room for a mag.
But that sounds better than it works!!
Things are a lot more sturdy when it's all screwed together.

I kinda eyed this one too:

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It called the "Matrix" and was about the same price as the red MTM "K-Zone" rest.
But, I really looked them both over - and the MTM just looked like a better set up to me.
The search engine says the above picture is "Donnie D's" - remember that guy??

Just dawned on the that "K-Zone" probably means "Kill Zone"...
Us Norwegians - We're slow, but get there eventually!! :hmmm:

Anyway, I opened the MTM box and took all the parts out:

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After a quick look at the instructions, I put it together.

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Even put the stickers on it!!

It is a little more expensive (about $40) than the Caldwell I have, but it is made better and is more sturdy.
I like that it has a threaded knob on the side that I can turn and it presses a plastic "Brake" against the elevation threads.
It makes raising the elevation a "smooth" operation and keeps it more sturdy.

The Caldwell was a bit of a "flopper" in the front. It had the same kind of threaded knob on the side,
but if I tightened it - I couldn't adjust the elevation. And leaving it loose made it tip side to side a bit.

I haven't tried the bright red MTM rest yet, but it's in my suburban!! And it's staying there.

I'm thinking it'll work good for shooting prairie dogs too!!
The table I use is a little shorter than I like. I hope this taller rest will make it just right!! :great:

I was hoping the wife would get me a nice Lead Sled for Christmas - like Husker!! :D
I think he got his for his birthday?? The Lucky So & So...

But, I think the plastic ones are a little more portable - and seem to work ok for the price.
When I get a chance to try it out, I'll let you know how it works.

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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:07 pm 
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A post so nice, it showed up twice!!

I hope one of you big-shots can delete one of these...

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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:10 am 
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Nice shooting rests :great:

I have one of these, and it works good.
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Surprisingly, this one works pretty good.
Fully adjustable
I've since modified it a bit, but it's basically the same
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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:49 pm 
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My cheapy Caldwell one is starting to look a bit ragged, but in all honesty it's had a hard life and has seen a LOT of rounds. The pad for using the front part as a pistol rest is starting to come loose, but nothing some spray adhesive won't fix. The pad on the front rest needs it too. I don't like a heavy rest that locks the rifle in and doesn't move, scopes don't seem to last long with that setup if used a lot, I suppose for just sighting in the scope they'd work fine but not using for a lot of rounds through the rifle.

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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:27 pm 
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After a lifetime of making do with whatever I could find, or buy on the cheap, I caught a free shipping special at Sportsman's Guide and sprung for a Caldwell Lead Sled Solo.

It is everything I ever wanted in a portable rest.

The actual gun rest is bowed to allow use of any extended magazine one would desire and it is fully adjustable so there is no need to bring blocks to shim the front or back to get the elevation of angle you need.

It is spring loaded and soaks up the recoil for long range sessions, especially with a couple of shot bags on the base.


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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:20 am 
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I see what you mean by "spring loaded" now. (-:
That one might not be so bad to move around. I'm sure it more stable and will last a long time.

I used a cast metal "Hoppe's #9" rest for years - bought it new in the late 80's, maybe early 90's, I think??
I don't think they make them anymore.

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I got so I didn't like to use it much. I had to use a sandbag on top of it or it's scuff up my guns.
And if I didn't pay attention like I should, sometimes that front sandbag would slide off...
I have a mark or two on the stock of my 308 to prove it!! :neutral:

I still have the original box too!!
Thinking about selling it - but I just as well hang onto it.
I'm sure I wouldn't get much for it...

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The plastic ones like Mo and I have - and that new bright red K-Zone one are kinda nice because they come apart.
I can use just the front part for a pistol rest - which I like to do once in a while.

There is a little "hang-time" when I shoot my beloved JHP at targets at 100, 200 or 300 yards away!!
I'm to the point I can hit a "man-sized" target fairly consistent at a 100 yards anyway. :great:

Our range has a good sized mound of dirt behind each target area and the dirt is where the target I shoot at is.
Usually it's a rock or a plant or whatever happens to be there that I can aim at!!
I can see where the bullet hits in the dirt and adjust accordingly...

It's just kinda fun to see how close a guy can get at 200 or 300 yards.
And how much you have to "hold-over" at those ranges!! It's a LOT!!

It's pretty satisfying to see that big 45 caliber bullet impact in the dirt that far away.
And a pistol rest sure helps!! :Smile3:

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If you do decide to sell that old rest call me. I like the Caldwell like yours Jason, it makes a pretty good pistol rest without the feet on it.

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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:03 am 
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That's right - If I remember correctly - I think you have a Caldwell rest the same as Mo and I!!

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Yep, same rest. With the feet on the front it got pretty unstable when I'd shoot my magnums. I've been looking for something like your old one Jason.

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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:53 pm 
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Biggest problem I'm running into is that my range slopes down markedly from my shooting point. I may have to build a bench that slopes in order to use any rest reliably with the AR's, even with the front support all the way down I'm still having to just shoulder the butt to get it angled down enough.

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 Post subject: Re: New Shooting Rest
PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:53 am 
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Maybe a 1x4 under the back-end of it??

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:16 pm 
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More like a 2x4....

I just have an old cafe table and folding chair out there now, it was what I had when we moved in and I've been so busy what with having to tear off half a house and re-roof the remaining portion for a shop, plus all the other "new place" chores that I haven't had time to build me an actual shooting bench like the one I made for my buddy. Now I'm clearing a couple more trees and trying to get the ground broke for the garden since it seems spring has sprung early here.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:31 am 
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Mo, this was quick and easy to build, and it's sturdy too
You could make it a little low in the front maybe
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A quick view from my bench (last spring)
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Damn husker, great view.

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