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Bench Rest Rests

Discussion in 'Target Shooting' started by Phil S410F, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Phil S410F

    Phil S410F Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to be having a go at some proper Bench Rest shooting.

    Has anyone on here made their own rest and if so would you be so kind as to put up a picture or two.

    I have a couple of ideas but want to make sure they are along the right lines and should work.
     
  2. Spray1Mark

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    Can I ask is making it for fun, or cost saving etc. etc.?

    When you say "proper benchrest" do you mean competitive or casual, I only ask as there are some rules as to rests which need to be observed if you want to compete.
     
  3. Phil S410F

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    Competitive I'm afraid got sucked in, then realised that the bench rest setups that can be purchased are a bit pricier than I can currently fund and thus thought I would do a bit of joinery and make one.
     
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    Good on you! yes BR, FCLASS, FT, all can require a substantial outlay to get started in.

    Here are my favorites, they used to be at the IWA show and you could pick up and carry one back in your suitcase wrapped in towels, those were the good old days!

    https://www.varidecicognani.it/en/shop/products/benchrest/
     
  5. Phil S410F

    Phil S410F Well-Known Member

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    Mark, they are way out of my price range at the moment.

    I have found this but it doesn't say whether it complies with any bench rest rules.

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    I made one out of offcuts of 5/8" ply and three 10" lengths of 2"x1".There are some photos below to give some idea of how it was made.
    I use it almost all the time now and although I stuck some leather straps to one half of each bar I really don't find much difference between shooting off plain wood or the leather. Tbh i also use some short offcuts of split pipe foam lagging which can be easily slipped on and off and although our club benchrest rules do not permit sideways restraint or resting against the end panels they have been okayed.
    You will see that I have cut two equiateral triangles with sides 12" and by cutting away a small section on each side and trimming off the points I have made four feet whichever way the support is rotated.
    Each triangle has a line drawn bisecting the angle and by drilling holes in different positions you can get different heights for each roatted position. Mine gives me 5", 6", and 7" heights. You can of course tack short lengths of 1/2" thick wood or leather on and get 1/2" increments on each of the above dimensions.
    Hth and please ask if anyone has any questions
    Jim ( apologies for Australian photos! they don't seem to want to go the right way up))
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  7. Phil S410F

    Phil S410F Well-Known Member

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    That is a simple and neat solution.

    I was contemplating something more elaborate but that would be fine to get me going.
     
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  8. Spray1Mark

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    What the AR15 or the plastic rest Phil LOL?

    If a comp' doesn't allow a new comer to try out without spending a heap of money I would avoid it personally.
     
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    If anyone makes a similar ply rest can I suggest the end pieces are cut out whole and not as I did with one where the points were jigsawn off whilst cutting the pieces out. On a second one I made for a friend I found leaving the points on until after marking out and drilling holes ensured the angles were bisected accurately which is at risk if the points are removed too early.
    I predrilled one hole in the ends of each bar 1/2" in from the top edge; I predrilled the two holes for each bar near the apex of each triangle's point and these were 1" apart and at differing heights to give the three bar heights. I assembled the bars and end plates with one screw fixing each bar until I was sure each bar was in a vertical position when the second hole was drilled using the end palte as a guide.
    When evrything was assembled and tightened up I found that it didn't cope with uneven surfaces too well but on loosening all screws very slightly I found it took up the surface irregularities even when rotated to a set different height.
    There are those who say you can't shoot a springer off a hard surface , I disagree as I use this for all my springers as well as pcp's and I shoot 50m competitively with both. I do make sure that my springers are positioned on the bars at the same position each time to ensure consistency of POI.
    If anyone would like clarification of anything I have written please pm or post on here as I may not have explained things too well.
    hth
    Jim
     
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    Don't know the rules on such things but have seen some using lab jacks with a shooting bag on top at the range. Some just using front only and some front and back
    Cheap as chips on Amazon etc.
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  11. Phil S410F

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    I was thinking more like the Caldwell kit and those posted above at 6-900 of those euro or dollar things.

    The AR15 holds little if no interest im glad to say. The plastic rest however does but only if it complies withe the nsra and ukbra rules for such items.
     
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    Made this weekend. Camera bipod delrin rod and ply.
     

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    I use to use a beach towel rolled up, and placed in a bag when I did bench shooting.
     

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