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Old 04-18-2005, 05:01 PM
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OK. So I finally moved to the country and have a nice space for a range. I would like to build a sturdy benchrest and would like to find good plans. I already have a portable rest, but I would like something really solid.

Any examples or plan suggestions would be welcome.
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Cinder blocks and concrete. The benches at the range I shoot at are rock solid. The sides/legs are made of cinder blox and the top appears to have been poured into a basic mold of 2x4's.

I know this isn't really a detailed plan, just my $.0251 on good materials
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Old 04-18-2005, 06:05 PM
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You will be better off

Going for the concrete bench. That way you know you have the best. You will also have to pour a small pad for it to sit on. If you use a concrete top, be sure to sue the cinder block leg supports. They don't move.
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Old 04-18-2005, 07:56 PM
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Concrete top with cement block legs sounds good. Lots of mass and very stable. But what about height, dimensions, shape, seating, etc? There must be some good, time-tested solutions I could follow.
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Slingshot, that is great information on shooting benches. I hope to have something better than a half rotten wobbly old picnic table someday. I would like one made out of concrete. Itís got to be worth a few points on a USBR target. Slingshot, do you still have a Cooper BR on order? Thanks, Bernie...
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Another Bench

I have the plan for benches we build down in Mission, Texas.

We build 11 of these benches with wood tops at our club in Mission. I favor wood, because the pointed legs of your tripod will stick into the wood without letting the rest slide back during recoil. With concrete you must HAMMER the points into the top to make the rest "stick". Or: Drape a 25 pound bag of lead shot over the rear leg of the rest.

What I really hate about concrete tops is the way they look after a couple hundred guys hammer those those pointed legs into the top. Cuz: Ya ain't gona get all yer shooters to use one a them 25 bags a shot.

I have another plan for the benches we have here in Sault Ste. Marie.
Wan'a see it?

The prone shooters in our club wanted to be able to slide the benches back so they could get up to the front of the firing line without having to shoot between a couple a benches. The benches have 6 inch well casings for legs. They are heavy, but two men can move them. We had considered filling the legs with cement, but they are pretty solid the way they are.

Here is the plan for the cinder block bench.
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Joe itís great to see you back on line, and yes I would like to see your wooden bench plans if you can lay your hands on them. I didnít make the cut for the last batch of 52Ds. I still donít have a real bench gun but I get a kick out of shooting the ruger 10-22. Thanks BernieÖ
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The Movable Bench Plan

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Slingshot I may have that article in PS, if not I will order one. I did order a BR Cooper from Russ, but canceled a couple of weeks ago. The last change did it. At this point I will wait for production. If I am still on this earth without a bench gun at that time I would strongly consider a Cooper. Thanks again BernieÖ
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Old 04-22-2005, 07:39 PM
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Good grief Joe Haller, that was QUICK. That bench looks solid Thanks Ö
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Hi Tech Yooper Bench Accessory

Here is one of the "Shoot'n Stools" we been using UP here in Yooper Land for the past 30 years. - Sections of telephone poles - One of our members worked for Michigan Bell. He's retired from Bell now, but the shoot'n stools are still working.

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Old 04-22-2005, 08:15 PM
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Adjustable Stool . . .

If the telephone pole stool ain't the right height for ya, there are a couple a ways to adjust the stool.

1. Use a cushion or two on top of the stool.
2. Sit on your foot.
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Example of adjustment #2.
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