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Old 06-23-2020, 01:04 AM
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Does anyone here own a Randolph Machine front rest?
If so, how do you like it?
What is the weight?
What other rests do you guys recommend?
Not looking for cheap rests; I prefer high-end stuff.
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Old 06-23-2020, 03:28 AM
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Does anyone here own a Randolph Machine front rest?
If so, how do you like it?
What is the weight?
What other rests do you guys recommend?
Not looking for cheap rests; I prefer high-end stuff.
Thanks, for any reply.
The majority of IR50 sporter/3Gun shooters use the Randolph for good reason.
It is smooth, precise, & versatile in that the tops can be swapped in seconds.
The ergonomics of the rest is in my opinion 2nd to none.
There are others like it but are rare. Recently a Lomon Loggins rest was in the classifieds that comes to mind that I'm sure was of equal quality. I have seen other custom copies as well but unsure who made them. The could be one offs, not sure.
I shot of a JJ Loh rest last year & the movements were butter smooth, perhaps a bit better than my Randolph, but hard to say definitively. The only knock I had on it was the windage adjustment location, but am sure once use to it it becomes 2nd nature as with anything.
There are also some very nice co-ax rests out there being the Sebs, Lenzi's, & Shadetree Engineerings coax tops (best bang for your buck imo). All very high quality products.
Not sure on the weight of the Randolph but will throw a WAG of 20-30lbs. I'll weigh mine later if necessary.

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Old 06-23-2020, 01:07 PM
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I think mine weighs 23# with the adjustable top. I've had it for several years and love it.
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Thanks for the information, Keith and Lloyd.
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Sinclair makes a nice looking one that is a lot cheaper than the Randolph.
https://ultimatereloader.com/2020/06...shooting-rest/
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Sinclair makes a nice looking one that is a lot cheaper than the Randolph.
https://ultimatereloader.com/2020/06...shooting-rest/
I've looked at the Sinclair; it seems like a quality product.
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Old 08-15-2020, 09:58 AM
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I used a randolph top on a bald eagle bottom for 2 season as do many of my fellow shooters. Bought a bottom this season and all i can say is wow! you wont be disappointed.
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Old 08-15-2020, 09:59 AM
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Btw harbor frieght sells a great carring case for 45$ that the rest with the top removed fits into just right.
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Old 08-21-2020, 07:52 AM
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+1 for the Randolph machine rest. Someone noted ease and speed of changing tops for use with different configuration stocks. I can change mine in 20 seconds or less. I think this is an advantage over the Sinclair because, as I understand it, you need to remove the front bag to make the change. If the bag is securely anchored to the top as it should be, it seems it would take a good bit more time and effort. I am certain the Sinclair is a quality product. IMO, buy the Randolph and never have any regrets. YMMV
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Old 08-21-2020, 10:54 AM
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Anyone using the Protektor windage adjustment front rest? Not likely a heavy rest but looks well made. Protektor sells direct on eBay and this unit is only $320.
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I've driven myself nuts these past few months trying to decide what rest to buy.
Thought many times about ordering the special polished $2,200.00 SEB Max but didn't want to wait 8 to 14 months on it and didn't really want to pay that much.

Kind of liked the Ransom Rifle Master front and rear rest but they ran over $2,000.00 also with the accessories I like.

Like the Targetshooting.com model 2400 Front and model 9 mini rest but they go past $1,800.00 together.

Thought about getting a Viper front and rear rest too but the front alone weighed 50lbs so I'm too old to carry it.

Recently, I saw a guy on YouTube using a Randolph rest attached to a large plate with a built in handle and thought it was cool.
Called Randolph today and asked the owner about the plate and asked if he made it.
He said, he did make it and called it his F-Class mount which his front rest attaches to.

So I ordered his Front Rest, F-Class Plate, his adjustable Top, and his separate rear rest.
The whole set up cost a bit over $1,200.00 which I actually thought was a great deal compared to most of the others.

I'm glad my search is over and look forward to getting the Randolph.

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Old 09-19-2020, 10:34 AM
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My new Randolph Machine rest was waiting for me when I got home last night.
I think itís pretty awesome and am really pleased with it.
It was worth every penny of its price to me!

For what I wanted it for, I donít believe thereís a better rest available.
I intend to shoot ABRA targets with it and since the rest swivels, it should be perfect for tracking left to right and adjusting up and down to get on each individual bullseye on all 20 targets.

Hereís some poor hastily put together pics of the rest and its small companion rear.
The leveling knobs are not installed on either rest yet and the rear rest is backwards.

The F Class plate adds 12.4 lbs to the rest for a total weight of 33.8 lbs on my scale.
It should go a bit above 34 lbs with the leveling knobs installed.
It feels heavy but very stable so I like it for now.
I nicked named the rest Manta Ray because of its shape.

Installed the bolts that hold the rest to the F-Class Plate plus the adjustment knobs on the base today 9/20/20 and the total weight came to 34.6 lbs.
When I picked it up, it felt like 50!
Don't see how those guys can handle a 50lb+ Viper Rest.
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Looks nice! Like the top setup.
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Thanks, Cattleman30.
Look forward to trying it out.
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:25 PM
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One other piece of Randolph product you might add to your rest is the one piece adaptor. It bolts to the rearmost hole in the base and essentially turns your rest into a one piece setup. As with all Randolph products, quality workmanship and product. IIRC, about $120-$150 for this piece. As good as the full one piece rest I have and gives me options at the range.
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