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doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 11:55 AM
hi guys, i have crappy eyesight and shaky hands. i'm looking to pick up a shooting rest to zero my ar-15. do you guys have any recommendations, comments, etc...?

i noticed the rear rest tends to accommodate fixed buttstocks. will it also work for collapsible buttstocks? i have a daniel defense ddm4 w/ the magpul moe stock.

http://www.battenfeldtechnologies.com/products/?shooting-rests
http://www.battenfeldtechnologies.com/caldwell/catalog.asp?product=ZeroMax

http://www.battenfeldtechnologies.com/images/catalog/546889-large.jpg

http://www.battenfeldtechnologies.com/products/photos/546889-action-1.jpg

thanks!

thrillhouse700
09-23-2010, 12:15 PM
I was wondering the same thing, I have seen pics of guys that have made there own.

erratikmind
09-23-2010, 12:41 PM
Save yourself some money. For sighting in or simply bench shooting for accuracy, I use my bipod up front and a squeeze bag for the stock. The said being absent, you can use sand bags or your range bag up front and a single sand bag under your stock. I trust that your local shooting facility provides sand bags.

doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 12:45 PM
i see. i dont think burro provides sand bags. hmm, i'll see if i can borrow a bipod.

doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 12:47 PM
so what are bench rest used for, if not used for sighting in?

SixPointEight
09-23-2010, 12:52 PM
Depending how much you want to spend, look on midway, they have a couple made just for ar15s, because a lot of rests wont fit an ar with a 10/30. Look at those or a leadsled

doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 12:54 PM
Depending how much you want to spend, look on midway, they have a couple made just for ar15s, because a lot of rests wont fit an ar with a 10/30. Look at those or a leadsled

I see. If hypothetically I want to buy a shooting rest, how much should I be spending (so I'm not getting a ghetto one and not overspending). What's a leadsled?

Thanks!

ExtremeX
09-23-2010, 12:56 PM
Save yourself some money. For sighting in or simply bench shooting for accuracy, I use my bipod up front and a squeeze bag for the stock. The said being absent, you can use sand bags or your range bag up front and a single sand bag under your stock. I trust that your local shooting facility provides sand bags.

+1

Thats how I did mine. Bipod + squeeze bag.

doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 1:00 PM
+1

Thats how I did mine. Bipod + squeeze bag.

what's a squeeze bag? lol

tomd1584
09-23-2010, 1:12 PM
whats wrong with a backpack stuffed with a pillow/jacket/blanket/whatever?

We're talking an AR carbine here, not a precision rifle.

doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 1:14 PM
whats wrong with a backpack stuffed with a pillow/jacket/blanket/whatever?

We're talking an AR carbine here, not a precision rifle.

i dunno. i tried just shooting from a bench and my shots were all over the place lol.

first time owning a rifle and i have shaky hands and bad eyesight, sorta.

Vtec44
09-23-2010, 1:32 PM
I was wondering the same thing, I have seen pics of guys that have made there own.

My home made rest. It costs $0 using scraps around the house... :D It helps to eliminate shooter's error while sighting in my scope.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z122/Vtec44/Zombie%20Survival/DSCF4386.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs668.snc4/60875_436176118599_529433599_5196434_900051_n.jpg

This is from my 16" mid-length, not my M4replica.
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z122/Vtec44/Zombie%20Survival/CIMG4207.jpg

doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 1:35 PM
oh wow, one of my buddies is really good with wood. maybe i'll have him cook something up like this lol

killshot44
09-23-2010, 2:09 PM
The Caldwell "Rock Jr" front shooting rest is good and only about $35 from MidWay.

But yeah, sandbags up front and a soft bag in back should do it.

PS: I love the adjustable rear of Vtec's wooden rest! Maybe pad those gun-notches, though...

putput
09-23-2010, 2:53 PM
Block of wood. Nail some carpet to it so you don't scratch the rifle. If it's too small, then put a small sandbag on top. Range bag. Range bag with a small sandbag on top.

SixPointEight
09-23-2010, 3:58 PM
Lead sled is this:
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=394466

doubledgarage
09-23-2010, 5:20 PM
cool, thanks for all the input!

CSACANNONEER
09-23-2010, 6:08 PM
Save yourself some money. For sighting in or simply bench shooting for accuracy, I use my bipod up front and a squeeze bag for the stock. The said being absent, you can use sand bags or your range bag up front and a single sand bag under your stock. I trust that your local shooting facility provides sand bags.

What are you talking about? A good rest system will save a lot of money when used for sighting in rifles with optics. With a good rest system, it only takes me one round to zero a rifle at any distance. I do shoot a second round to fine tune and normally a third to verify but, that's it. Can you zero optics in a couple rounds using only a bag? I know it's possible with very good bags but, a rest makes it a lot easier.

Block of wood. Nail some carpet to it so you don't scratch the rifle. If it's too small, then put a small sandbag on top. Range bag. Range bag with a small sandbag on top.

I've seen guys shoot 1000 yard matches with nothing more than weighted down rests made primarily of 2x4s. If done right, this is a cheap and adequate solution.

Dhena81
09-24-2010, 11:52 AM
one of my buddies is really good with wood.
:hide:

lanwarrior
09-26-2010, 5:10 PM
If I want to buy a bipod, what would you recommend?

I have Daniel Defense M4v2 with MagPul 10/30 mag.

trautert
09-26-2010, 5:13 PM
The Army has used sandbags to zero M16's since day one. With zit-faced kids who were shaking like a dog passing peach pits doing the shooting.

lanwarrior
09-26-2010, 5:15 PM
The Army has used sandbags to zero M16's since day one. With zit-faced kids who were shaking like a dog passing peach pits doing the shooting.

LOL! If all outdoor shooting range rent one, I will definitely use the sandbags. :D

Right now I am thinking of a bipod, like this one here (http://www.amazon.com/Harris-Style-Adapter-Barrel-Handguard/dp/B002AR19WE). Only $30 bucks and good reviews..

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413GHZaOjAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Grayblue
09-26-2010, 10:19 PM
I just use my range bag stuffed with whatever if I need supported fire.

Trainwrecker
09-27-2010, 1:22 AM
If it's just for a few rounds, the range bag will work, but anything more than that, I recommend you get something a little more purpose built. I never even thought about the heat off the barrel until all the seam thread vaporized into thin air and a big smoking hole appeared on the top. The entire thing damn near fell apart right there on the spot. :eek: