View Full Version : tired of my "benchrest." need shooting bags

05-26-2011, 10:32 PM
can anyone recommend a good set of protektor shooting bags?

i came back today from yet another PITA day at the range again. it wouldn't have been anywhere near as bad if i didn't use a cheapo plastic rest. the damn thing is near impossible to get it right on target, and i spend almost a full minute adjusting for each shot.

i've done some research, and the "protektor" series seems to be the tops, both in price and performance. and then i saw the sheer variety that they have. i simply don't know which one is appropriate for me, as i have almost no experience with them.

i'm currently using an AR-15 (with collapsible stock), but will graduate to a bolt-action soon enough. a set that would work well for both is a definite plus.

any thoughts? thanks in advance.

05-26-2011, 11:42 PM
try a pillowcase full of styro peanuts

05-27-2011, 3:59 AM
try this setup the bullbag X7. http://www.bullsbag.com/product_p/0007.htm

05-27-2011, 5:27 AM
"Come on COME ON! I don't have all minute!"

05-27-2011, 10:15 AM
Get a bag of sand at HD or lowes and fill a couple of gallon zip locks. Throw those in a pillow case and you're good to go..

05-27-2011, 10:54 AM
Get some sandbags. Be a man.

05-27-2011, 11:46 AM
i would get sandbags, but that would break my nails...

hahaha. what do sandbags have to do with being a man? is it prissy to utilize a widely-adopted tool specifically designed for the job? but maybe you're right. if i have a son one day, i'll be such a proud papa on that landmark day...when i give him his own set of sandbags...

and lots of things can take just one minute. it doesn't mean it's the most efficient way to do it. if that minute didn't matter so much, there would still be some people crank-starting their cars. sitting there adjusting a POS plastic rest on a concrete station is wasted time. last i checked, efficiency was a good thing.

thanks for the legitimate suggestions. i'll look into them. if there are any more, please keep them coming, guys.

05-27-2011, 1:38 PM
thanks for the legitimate suggestions. i'll look into them. if there are any more, please keep them coming, guys.

An inexpensive ($37) yet decent rest would be better than sandbags or a bipod, when used with a rear squeeze bag. http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=682659

Like anything, you get what you pay for. If you want a really nice rest it's going to cost you.

05-27-2011, 1:48 PM
I bought these from Brownells. They work great and wont break the bank.


05-27-2011, 1:57 PM
For a front rest, I use a pack or a bipod. For rear rests, I use two of these bags from Sinclair. For on the cheap, take a couple of old sox and fill with sand,rice popcorn etc.


They are lightweight and give a good support for the rear.

For a front rest, I've used an old, small, daypack stuffed with a couple of towels. I've also used a 50 cal. G I ammo can with a folded towel on top for a front rest or you can take a cotton lead shot bag Caldwell suggested by killshot.