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so, I can't shoot to save my life with sandbags. I've been looking for a rest but no one carries them in stock, the Outers don't appeal to me, I was browsing through the accessory forum when someone said that they'd built their own. The lightbulb went off in my head and here's the results.





it's built with 1" square tube, the wing nuts at the foot of the bolts that support it are so I can turn them easier. I believe I've covered all of the adjustments that may be needed, and I added a level just as a good measure. The rests for the rifle are from Bass Pro, I gambled on the "v" working better than the round one, and I think it may have worked out.
 

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NICE JOB DUDE!

Been thinking about something simular.

Nice work, how long did it take, from thought to finished product?

I need to get back in the work shop & finish a project, right now!

Later...

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I started at noon yesterday with a 30 mile trip to go get the stuff, started thinking about it at like 10 am when I saw the pic. I gathered the stuff and went to my basement shop and kinda faked my way through it. I don't have a full shop, just a drill press, grinder, jigsaw, and hand tools. So some of it was kind of rough. Last night at about 11 pm I had done the last that I could do, I was waiting for the JB Weld that holds the nuts for everything to cure. I've been tinkering on it for about 3 hrs today, but that included about another hours worth of extra painting, it's now waiting for the very last of the JB Weld to harden. The hardest part was bending the bracket for the rear rest, it's a bit crooked, but the rest isn't so I'm happy.
 

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GREAT JOB, Strat,
Improvise is the name of the game. May I make a suggestion????
Go to the hardware store and get a can of "Grip Guard, Dip-it or what ever name" and dip the bottom of the legs in to make a non-slip foot. It will also protect the hood of your vehicle if you decide to take a shot off the hood. Bill
 

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by the time I bought everything I think I have somewhere around 60 bucks into it. I needed drill bits and blades for the jigsaw though. But, I've got some stuff left over, and some stuff was overkill.

Also, I went and picked up floor protectors and glued them on to the bottom of the feet now, thanks for the idea guys!!
 

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It's really exciting to see what you guys can build. I wish I had half that talent. Years ago my gun club took away my dremel and made me promise to never use one again.
 

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Tony,

the legs can go up about 4 inches easy, tomorrow I'll try it out. I wanted the length partly because the bench I use in the backyard is shorter than most, I'm pretty sure I have plenty of travel both up and down, I should be alright. If not, I learned something and I rebuild it again with all my new found knowledge.

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I'm working on a similar project. I'm going to put my back rest further back and put a leather strap across the back of it so the butt sits in the cradle and against the leather and shoulder. I'm building it heavier and want it to absorb some of the recoil when I use it with my high power rifles. Also my front rest will sit on an adjustable platform. I like to shoot with my left hand free to make the adjustments.
 

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I just put the rifles in it for a quick test, they sit real well, don't move a bit. This should be great, tomorrow morning I'll go check it out if the rain holds off.

for anyone interested in copying it, here's some additional pics.



 

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Stratcat..

Good lookin design.I like to see people build their own stuff.It helps ya appreciate it a little more IMO.
I recently got a Cowen rest and instead of buyin a bag for it I decided to do somethin a little different.I traced the exact shape of my stock and cut a piece of steel to fit it exactly and to fit in the rest.The two sides of the rest top tighten down onto it and completely locks it into place( the steel piece,not the rifle).Gonna cover it in moleskin before I try it.Here's a pic:
 

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Nice job ....

But it looks like someone has been checking out titegroup.com.
I built one just like yours a few months back . I like it , but it has a little too much movement for my taste. Let us know how you like it .
 

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I'm very new to the "rest" - bench shooting...

Question: is this type of rest "legal" to shoot with in competitions? Or just "bags"? OR was the intent to use this for varmitting / recreational shooting?
Please let me in on it!

Thanks...
 

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Junkyard Wars

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Nice work!!!

I think the guys on RFC should get on junkyard wars ...You could kick some ***....

let us know how she shoots

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I think that's a good idea! Everybody should send in some pics and or descriptions of stuff they have built from "found" (junk,scrap, etc) items with minimal cash outlay for hardware (drill bits, saw blades, misc nuts and bolts). You know you all have done it at one time or another.
 
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