View Full Version : Best thing to fill shooting rest bags?

12-04-2006, 10:04 AM
I just got a couple of those Caldwell shooting rest bags, front and rear, for when I do my benchtop shooting. The bags came empty, so I need to fill them with something. I guess I could use sand. But I'd have to go buy some.

I do have plenty of ground walnut shells for cleaning brass. Would that stuff work well, or should I just go get some sand? Thanks.

12-04-2006, 10:48 AM
lead shot works great.

I used some corn cob media i had too keep it light.

12-04-2006, 11:37 AM
Sand has a tendency to leak dust out of the seams, depending on how well made the bags are.

Rice is also good for light bags. Lead's best for heavy bags, as Josh says.


12-04-2006, 3:08 PM
I use a sock filled with rice. Works well as a light weight rear rest.. but it's not quite ideal to make instant micro adjustments. I'd use lead or sand if weight wasn't an issue and if I had a quality bag.

Beetle Bailey
12-04-2006, 3:41 PM
I used kitty litter sand (specifically "Fresh Step") since it is a lot lighter than regular sand. I carry enough stuff around at the range.

12-04-2006, 9:28 PM
I used rice in my bags and have had no complaints.

Mike 56
12-05-2006, 5:55 AM
Rice +1

12-06-2006, 11:49 AM
Just dont get the rice bags wet.

01-11-2007, 6:13 AM
I have used the airsoft pelets with success...they do not absorb moisture, are light, form easily and don't leak through tiny holes like sand.

01-11-2007, 7:51 AM
Long Grain Rice.

01-21-2007, 1:41 PM
Unpopped corn. You can buy in bulk from Smart and Final. Works great.

01-21-2007, 4:06 PM
I just filled my new rear bag with play sand. I wanted it on the heavy side. Play sand may cost more than regular sand but it is more uniform in grain size and it's been washed so you don't get all the fine dust like construction sand.

01-21-2007, 8:07 PM
Buckwheat hulls, just like they use in pillows

02-02-2007, 12:38 PM
Rice, BBs, lead shot, dried beans, sand, etc... Just keep the rice, sand, beans dry and away from rodents. I had a bag filled with rice and a rodent chewed the bag.

Lead shot isn't the healthiest either but the copper coated BBs work pretty good.


02-02-2007, 8:37 PM
I know this is late, but for a heavy rest, I like lead shot. (It isn't healthy, but they won't leak, vaporize, nor break the bag, so the usual "hazards" aren't really applicable here.)

For a light bag, sand can get messy when it leaks, and all the other organic ideas have the same weakness, moisture and rodents. I'd use plastic beads; they're cheap, light, and impervious to damn near everything you'd normally encounter. You can get them damn near anywhere--Michael's (a hobby store), WalMart, etc. You can find them in almost any size you want.

02-02-2007, 11:31 PM
+1 w/ filling with plastic beads/bbs. If you dont have a heavy nylon/synthetic material bag. Fill a plastic bag with plastic beads/bbs than stuff in a soccer/football field knee high sock.
- Trust me you dont want to fill with sand if you dont need to. Sucks when their wet. Beans, rice, anything that gets soft with mositure is a no go. Stop by as mentioned above, Michaels, WalMart...etc., airsoft store, & fill to your desired "compressed" firmness. I have bags that were filled with sand, nice dry, brick when wet. Plus strapped to your ruck it plain sucks to hike with.

Hope this helps & Have a great one,

02-03-2007, 5:50 PM
+1 on the plastic beads from Wallyworld sewing dept. as filling for dolls and such......

02-04-2007, 6:41 PM
Any rice will do.

02-07-2007, 8:05 AM
+1 rice too.