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PostSubject: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 25th 2018, 11:12 am

Now that I know I've been messing my neck up badly over the years by leaning over the shooting table with my head cocked back looking through the scope/iron sights. I am in need of some ideas on how to get my shooting bags higher up off the table to where my back is almost straight VS leaning down and over the table. I've already lifted the table itself 3" higher, but my shooting bags are just to darn low. I thought about taking some long sections of 2x6's and screwing them together to make a 6" - 9" high platforum for my bags to sit on, but not sure how well  that will work.

If any of you are leaning over the table while shooting, you really should consider stopping until you can get your rest up higher so you are not leaning over like that. My c5 & C6 in my neck over the years, took a beating from that, especially with heavy recoil loads. Im now looking at surgery to fix this due to numbness in my hands and face. Even the doctor I went to, acted like he was shooting a rifle and said, Yep! that will do it after years of shooting and leaving over unnaturally like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 25th 2018, 1:38 pm

Jon, shooting as often as you do you need a comfortable table and a rest to match.  Maybe one suggestion would be a box 15" square about 6' tall for your rest to sit on.  Fill the box with a sand bag to weigh it down so it don't move.  Also, I notice your sitting in front of the table.  Shooting tables normally have a cut out section about 18" in and about 12 -14 " out to the side.  That allows you to sit beside the table with plenty of elbow room instead of being seated front of it.

You're too young to start messing up body parts! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 25th 2018, 4:48 pm

What Smokin' Joe said.    The shooting bench needs a cutout  on the side. Cutout should be about  18" long and  10-12 inches deep.

This is mine.    The lefty side:

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 30th 2018, 1:04 pm

To simplify things, Lyman came out with a bag jack last year that would solve a lot of this. I attached a link to one. I have a few of them for the range days and we have really enjoyed them. The threading is fine enough for small adjustments, and you can put just about any bag on top of it. I linked to the combo that includes the bag below.

https://ochocos.com/lyman-match-bag-bag-jack-combo-set-7837815

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 30th 2018, 1:25 pm

There you go Jon!  No more messing your neck up bending over the table.  Thanks for sharing Muzzle-Loader.

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 31st 2018, 10:45 am


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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 31st 2018, 1:00 pm

@muzzle-loader wrote:
To simplify things, Lyman came out with a bag jack last year that would solve a lot of this. I attached a link to one. I have a few of them for the range days and we have really enjoyed them. The threading is fine enough for small adjustments, and you can put just about any bag on top of it. I linked to the combo that includes the bag below.

https://ochocos.com/lyman-match-bag-bag-jack-combo-set-7837815

I like that set up! Seems like it would do the trick and be a lot more stable than a stack of 2x6's.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 31st 2018, 5:02 pm

No pics, but for big boomers our range has a stand-up benchrest. Basically what you're used to seeing, but about 5' tall.  Really takes the smack out of big guns and ideal for guys with neck or back issues.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   January 31st 2018, 6:56 pm

@BrownBear wrote:
No pics, but for big boomers our range has a stand-up benchrest. Basically what you're used to seeing, but about 5' tall.  Really takes the smack out of big guns and ideal for guys with neck or back issues.

That's a great idea. I shot my .375 H&H from a bench with 300 gr. bullets ...... one time only! Those 3 shots made me re-think my sighting in procedure. I fired it offhand after that.
 
Same goes for a 12 slug gun.

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 1st 2018, 4:22 am

Yeah, it's a revelation to use a stand-up bench. I'm really surprised that every range doesn't have one, they work so well. 

Kinda funny to watch the difference one time. A bud wanted to borrow my 460 Weatherby (never happier to see a gun go down the road when he finally bought it from me!), convinced he needed it for a bear hunt.  We went through all the sight-in at the stand-up bench, and he was fine. But he couldn't get it out of his head that he needed to shoot it from the adjacent sitting benchrest. 

Got all cuddled in and corked off a round.  He wasn't sitting right and moved enough in recoil that he fell off the seat, looking for all the world like it had kicked him flat onto his back. He bounced back up shaking his head like a bee-stung dog, blood flying everywhere from his broken snozz. "That's what I'm talking about!!!!"  he hollered.  Good guy, but obviously with a lot of clown blood in his veins.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 21st 2018, 7:56 pm

Just wanted to thank Brad for the Lyman bag & jack rest! Brad called me a few days ago and asked if I'd like to try one and see how it does for my neck. He mentioned it going up close to 2 feet and he was right! A ton of verticle adjustment. The bag is actually one the best designs I've seen so far. I will be out of state for the weekend but when I get back I will take better pics and show what  I like about it, then test it out. Simply design, not that heavy either. The carry strap you can remove as well so its not in the way.

I think this will be an easy fix and last a lot longer than anything made of wood.

Thank you again Brad! I appreciate you reaching out to me.

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 22nd 2018, 3:17 pm

Jon you could have went cheaper like me and Pete with this jack.


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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 22nd 2018, 3:23 pm

Pete never shoots from a bench. I just use hunting positions.

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 22nd 2018, 3:32 pm

If you go to Amazon.com and look for scissor jacks and scissor lifts you'll find lots of options like Jon's.  Pretty reasonable too.  Of course you'll see Jon's lift also.

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 23rd 2018, 8:59 am

@Smokin' Joe wrote:
If you go to Amazon.com and look for scissor jacks and scissor lifts you'll find lots of options like Jon's.  Pretty reasonable too.  Of course you'll see Jon's lift also.

What the hell kind of a mountainman uses a lift guys. He probably wears under garments too ....    Shocked   Rolling Eyes   Wink  pink or white ??? depends on the mood ...  Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 23rd 2018, 9:45 am

Buck, I earned my right of passage to use the "rest" of my choosing.  One of my "self proclaimed to fame accomplishments" is:  in my youth I've "wrestled a 600 lb. Grizzly Bear".  I did lost the match but lasted the longest of 4 guys.  cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 23rd 2018, 1:30 pm

He was probably full from the last three .....  Dunno    Tease

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 23rd 2018, 1:33 pm

I'll never admit to that!!  lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 23rd 2018, 1:39 pm

@Smokin' Joe wrote:
I'll never admit to that!!  lol!

Picking his teeth with a rib bone should have been a clue Joe.    affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   February 28th 2018, 4:37 pm

Had enough time to test out 80 & 90gr grains 2fg Goex with the 250 REAL bullets. They grouped awesome and the new Lyman rest did excellent. Lots of adjustment so I can sit up straighter while I shoot. Doctor news is not good, lots of surgery in store for me, but it will get fixed and hopefully not limit my abilities to much.



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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   March 1st 2018, 8:29 am

Good luck with your down time kid, keep us informed if you need something.  :rtup   :tup2

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PostSubject: Re: Building a higher shooting bag rest?   March 5th 2018, 5:33 pm

What size are those bases? They look about 10" x 10".
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