I am very pleased with my Bald Eagle and feel its added price is well worth it over the Caldwell Rock BR.
The only downside I've come across with this rest is that the cable for windage has a tendency to need to be braced for a "slack free" feeling for windage. Usually when you turn the knob, the cable moves with in the direction of your turning for a brief moment and then the cable twists inside of the insulation. I always have an metal ammo box or a sandbag resting on the cable so that it's always braced and everything is fluid.I think I like the Bald Eagle design, too. It looks like a lot of rest for the money. I know if I had to choose between the two for competition purposes, I'd definitely want the BE. For more casual work, I am sure the Caldwell will be great and a huge improvement over sandbags. Having to reach forward to make windage corrections gets old pretty quickly.
If I had my first choice for a front rest, I would be buying DR Greenlaw. He is a bit pricier than the Bald Eagle, but I would think that if the shooter needs more than a hobbyist level of precision, he would be the most frugal option.Me too.
I think one has to spend a great deal more money to get a better rest.
My original, made by Gebby before he sold the business, is smoother and more precise than the new ones but I gave $250 for it over twenty years ago.