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Old 07-21-2010, 06:32 AM
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Question Shooting rest

I purchased a new Omega Scope for my T/C and was wondering if I must have a shooting rest in order to zero it in or can I do it by just using sand bags or the cheaper gun rest bag sets they sell for 20 bucks. As I get ready for deer season I want the gun to be spot on if this is possible without buying a 100 or 200 dollar gun rest? You know what it is like geting just the basics together needed for Bow and gun seasons. So if I can get it done cheaper I'll try if not I'll buy the Gun Rest like a Led Sled by Caldwell.
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:18 AM
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Sand bags will do the job nicely - one up front and one at the rear.

All you really need is a couple of old socks filled with sand, or rice, or beans, or styrofoam peanuts. If you use sand, put a plastic grocery bag inside the sock before adding the sand. Add a dozen ten-inch squares of old carpet to put under the sock bags to make height adjustments and you're good to go.
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:23 AM
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A little research on how to use them to best advantage if you don't already know and sand or rice bags [I like the rice myself. I would advise against the cheaper rests I tried several and can do much better without them. I have shot against all kinds of fancy rests and beat them in competition with simple home made table and bags.
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:30 AM
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a quality gun rest is really nice to have but you can get the job done with sand bags.

A really affordable rest is the Caldwell tack driver rest. It runs $40 unfilled and $80 filled. You add a sand bag to the rear of the stock and its a real solid shooting rest.

And if you want a really nice rest, but one that hurts your rear end when you pay the bill is the Caldwell CFX Lead Sled. This runs quite a bit over $300
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:38 AM
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at our shooting range we have lots of sand bags and i carry enough junk to the range so i like to keep it simple ..i like sand bags because the barrel does not lift up ..

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Old 07-24-2010, 08:53 AM
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Bags of rice or even beans work well and then you can cook them for supper.

I just old shot bags filled with sand my self or my home made rest.

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Old 10-05-2010, 02:33 PM
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Default Beans and Rice

I was going to sight my Optima in,in the next few days.And was in need of a gun rest myself.I liked the idea of rice,just happen to have a couple of bags in the pantry collecting dust.Better than a rolled up blanket.Thanks Guys.
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:30 PM
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Rice works real good and its reasonable. Plus two years down the road if you get a better rest, and you are hungry you can eat your rest. I purchased some of them Caldwell bags and filled them. They work real well.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:30 AM
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Never was much for bird food which is why they were collecting dust. And the guys I shoot with are gonna raze me for putting the rice in my socks.Didn`t know I had to take them off first.
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:25 AM
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A 50 pound bag of corn works as well...After you are through, spread it where you want to hunt...
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