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non ambi horst?

Anybody build a right or left handed only horst? I want to try a slightly smaller version of the horst by making a right hand only, just trying to figure on stability and how to plan it
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Heavy is better I found out. I now have a concrete bench.
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Anyone have plans for a rotating shooting bench to use in the ground squirrel/prairie poodle fields? I guess I could design something, but if somebody has already gone through this I don't have to redesign the wheel.... I usually do better modifying an existing design to suit my needs....

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I have a towable bench made with a discarded DR grass catcher chasis and Truck box. When you place a bench in the back of a truck with springs and stock suspension you are going to get a lot of rocking from the wind and your own movement on the springs. The only suspension on my towable bench is the rubber tires and they are pretty stiff even with no pressure in them. There are some portable trailer based shooting platforms that cost thousands because they are using a much bigger trailer for the base. If you can find a small utility trailer locally from a DR grass catcher, defunct welder, wood splitter etc you may be able to build something very useful as a portable shooting platform. If you can store it at the property for off road use only you won't have to worry about lights or registration.
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Anyone have plans for a rotating shooting bench to use in the ground squirrel/prairie poodle fields? I guess I could design something, but if somebody has already gone through this I don't have to redesign the wheel.... I usually do better modifying an existing design to suit my needs....

Bob
Have you looked at the Caldwell BR Pivot bench? I have one with the plastic top. It's been on the back porch for the last 5 years, held up very well. The leveling legs are great. It comes apart in 4 pieces for transport, and came with a carrying bag.

http://midway.com/product/1015041838
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Since I am left-handed I made this bench wide enough to accommodate two shooters at the same time. The top is 5/4 decking board.
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The best I could manage...

...since I don't do concrete well at all & my back won't allow me to work with heavy bags of cement anymore.
The next best choice has to be heavy wood construction.

First things first...the design...I went to the floor of the shop with chalk and some straight edges & squares.
I would have to buy a sheet of 3/4" plywood so I wanted as many layers of that sheet as I could manage in a thick top.



Yah...I'ma lefty shooter.
Next to design a framework, simple & strong...I had many 4x4's in the woodpile so I used them...



I figured I'd use them 'mortice & tennon'd', glued and dowell pinned together.
First, cut to length and make the joints...





Next to use that single sheet of plywood for the top...cut in 3 equal size pieces I laminated it together.



Cut it out the next day



and fit it to frame then sanded, stained & painted it and mounted it together.





I welded a c-clamp so I could use it for an umbrella mount, heated a piece of PVC for a holder & put them together with a thumb screw...



I forgot to mention that I live on a ridge and don't have a level spot on the property...I had to make legs that would level the bench.



Welded some 3" square pads to the bottom of the legs for a good footing...



That's the way she stands today, done a lot of shooting off her now and I think the change I'll make this spring will be to hire a poured concrete pad for it so sit on. Those legs have a little wiggle in them from side to side. It ain't much but 'any' is too much, I have a giant rock pulling the slack from the adjustable legs so I can lean on it an not change the scope on target.



I cut a bar stool at the right height and laid down a scrap piece of plywood for the stool legs.
It ain't perfect but it sure beats the way I started out a year and a half ago when I got into this BR shooting...
yes...that's a picnic table where I'm sighting in my first BR rifle of sorts...a MKII...

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