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What works in bags besides sand?

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Have you had any good results using something other than sand in your suede bags? I prefer to keep sand away from my guns and every sand bag either leaks or is about to leak--in my experience. What else seems to work? Anyone ever try walnut shell media from your reloading rig?
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I have never had a Protektor bag leak or seen one leak.
:yeahthat: My experience with the suede bags is they don't hold their shape. Makes no difference what you put in them. I just upgraded to Protektor bags front and rear. I've spent too much money messing with less expensive bags. Buy a Protektor filled bag and be done with it. :t
 

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I have cheap suede bags and use sand, have yet to have a problem. Only time I've had sand leak is using old shot bags at the range .... btw how do people get so ignorant that they shoot the darn bags?

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.... btw how do people get so ignorant that they shoot the darn bags?

Dave Z.
There's a good question. Or the folding chairs, or the wooden legs on the target stand, or the trash cans, or the range sign, etc etc.

I just try to remember that half of the population has an IQ lower than 100, and too many of those act accordingly...

I'm a little irritated because I returned from the range today and found some stuff shot up.

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Pertaining shooting of the sand bags.......I had purchased a Ruger Redhawk 44 mag with a 7 1/2 inch barrel. I had used these particular sandbags made of shot bags for many years with my rifles. Never had I shot a pistol from a bench position before. I placed the barrel on the sandbags making sure the muzzle blast wouldn't touch the bags. After 4 or 5 shots I noticed that there was sand on the bench top. I had forgotten about the cylinder blast from the revolver. It had blown a hole in the bag and was spilling sand all over the bench top. I'm glad that it wasn't my good sandbag that was ruined.
 

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mountainman2,
If you hear a munching sound comming from your bag, you've got worms. It happened in a bag of bird seed I had stored in my garage had a hell of a time finding where that "munch-munch-munch" sound was comming from. But don't worry, the birds love the worms.
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I use granulated polyethylene for my field model Bull's Bag. About one-half to one-third the weight of sand, which makes it much easier to transport. I haven't tried it in a Protektor. I buy mine pre-filled and don't experience any sand leaks.
 

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I've used popcorn kernals for sometime now

as Pdwight sez tho, have been worried about mold or swell, but I guess
its been maybe 2 years since my latest "bags" have been in use (no prob yet)

I just leave the popcorn in the bag they came in, then slip the whole thing
into an old sock (waterproof ?)

then I bought some cheap plastic baskets (maybe 10"x6") I throw the 'rests' in,
then when I get where I am going, flip basket over, place 'rest' on top of basket
as a stand (been working for me and it's as cheap as one can get)

just my "economy-way" of doing it, when all of us go shooting at same time

(ps: I also have a stand and good leather sand-bags)

safe shooting :)
 

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Bird shot (Lead). I originally filled my first bags with I think #7 shot, but it's expensive, and heavy!

Cheers,

Mark
 
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