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Old 12-05-2018, 9:49 AM
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Default Recommendation for good value rear shooting bag

Hi, i've got a Protektor leather rabbit ear type rear shooting bag and while it's very nice it's just not tall enough for the rifle range bench that i often shoot from.

Finances are unfortunately a big consideration for us right now.

I tried to cut off the pant leg from a pair of old pants and sew it by hand but it's pretty tough to do by hand and we don't have a sewing machine...

I found an old bag from #8 shot but even if i manage to securely sew it shut i think it will prove to be much too short and small.

Wondering if anyone could recommend a good value shooting bag that might be taller.

I thought perhaps something like this....if it's not a waste of money? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KOAZEGWC&psc=1

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Old 12-05-2018, 10:00 AM
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On the few occasions when I shoot from a bench, I use home made sandbags augmented with scraps of lumber to get the forend of the rifle elevated properly. I use one or two homemade bags filled with plastic pellets and a piece of scrap if necessary to get the rear set up right. It's not elegant and it may not lead to one hole groups but the setup was cheap. The bags were made by a friend who sews (and shoots).

Try a piece of scrap lumber (maybe 2x4) underneath the rear bag. If you're worried about slipping, a scrap of kitchen cabinet liner or medium grit sandpaper glued on both sides of the wood should solve that problem.
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:05 AM
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great idea...thank you
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:40 AM
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Go by the fire station and get a couple of sandbags. Modify to your needs.
Most likely you will need to replace the sand with something lighter.
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Protektor will custom make you a bag if you know how high
you need it.

To raise my bag for prone shooting, I cut three pieces of wood from a board, about 1cm larger in all directions than my rear bag. I sandwiched them all together. The middle one, I cut out the center (like a picture frame), screwed it to one of the other boards. Filled the middle with molten lead.
When it cooled, screwed on the other side, outer board. Basically sandwiching the lead in the middle. I wanted the weight for added stability.

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I use a couple of old shot bags with sand and then twist the end close doubled over and secure with a zip tie. Don't pack it too tight so you have a little room for the sand to move.
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I have some Caldwell ones. Works ok and not very expensive. Look up Caldwell Tackdriver and Deadshot on Amazon.
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Old 12-05-2018, 2:19 PM
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thanks everyone, really appreciate the information. i'll check them out.
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Old 12-05-2018, 8:26 PM
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Midway USA.com has some of their own branded bags that are a pretty good deal, only ones Iíve used so canít compare, but they arenít as overfilled as Caldwell cloth covered rocks.


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Old 12-06-2018, 6:58 AM
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Is the bottom of your bag flat with a hard bottom or slightly rounded while on the bench?
What kinda stock and front rest do you have now?
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Old 12-06-2018, 8:16 AM
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If your sewing blue jeans use a sack needle and a pair of pliers to push it through or you will kill your fingers. Dental floss for thread.
Turn the Jean leg inside out and don't sew through the cuff at the bottom as that is real tough/thick.
Next sew 75% of the other open end closed. This allows you to flip the jeans right side out threw the opening and it gives you a fill hole.
If I have time I will post some pictures as it's a quick job.
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Old 12-06-2018, 8:34 AM
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For the front i have an older adjustable front stand/rest by a company called shooters ridge..it's a lot like the caldwell rock model

the protector model rear bag is the hard bottom rabbit ear model.

i've been shooting an old Savage 112v in .222 Remington...an old varmint rifle the i love.

LynnJr, thanks, that would be great...i'll also look for such a needle and thread. I tried with our standard home needle and thread and made little headway...and my fingers really took a beating.
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If your sewing blue jeans use a sack needle and a pair of pliers to push it through or you will kill your fingers.
Search for sailmakers needle and sail palm (or sailmakers palm.)

Sewing stuff is relatively easy; you just have to get over the dread and get started on it (at least I do.)
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Old 12-06-2018, 8:44 AM
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Just cut a board a little bigger then the bottom of your bag. Glue some shelf liner or sandpaper to the top and bottom. Add as many spacers as needed, easy peezy.
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Doctor pulled out my right kidney so I have time to do some sewing.
The needles can be found at Research Mannequins or Jonas Bros taxidermy supply.
The jeans dental floss pliers and scissors are all that is needed to make 4 bags and the cost is pennies. You can fill with rice popcorn or beans whichever is cheapest and you can vary the size to any length or diameter if you have children or know a heavy person.
Sew 2-3 inches at a time so you don't have to pull a bunch of thread through the needle hole and tie off the end with several knots.
I'm not a seamstress but I mount deer heads and sewing jeans is much easier. Overlap when you start up each time and make several knots so nothing can pull through and these bags will work just as well as store bought gear.
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LynnJr, thank you so very much. I'm so sorry to hear about your health challenges. I didn't mean to trouble you. I'm very grateful.

I'm going to give it the old college try. I'm committed to learning this sport.

I've added a bunch of weight to my rifle to help me with the recoil, and I've worked on having the rifle balance at the front receiver screw. It's now up to 13lb without a magazine, ammo or riflescope. I have installed a Surefire muzzle brake and will reload some judicious loads. Fingers crossed all this will help.
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Old 12-14-2018, 4:59 PM
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My health is fine I am to mean for a spare kidney.
If you ever need to make a front rest a chunk of plywood cut in the shape of a triangle with pine boards up front for the center post works well. Four or five boards cut to the width of your forend will give you your height you then screw on a additional vertical board on each side to keep the gun from going left or right.
A chunk of leather for the forend to rest on keeps the stock from getting scratched up.
If you want to make it real fancy you add in 3 T-nuts and some pointed up 3/8 bolts to elevate the base.
Most people have everything at home except the T-nuts and they are dirt cheap.
It sounds awful but it works.
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