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Engineeer
20-11-2010, 11:33 AM
Bench/Shooting Rest

Anyone serious about testing the accuracy of rifles, and who doesn't have nerves of steel, needs to use some sort of shooting rest. The same goes for anyone wanting to evaluate the accuracy of factory and hand loaded ammunition. Historically this was done with the ever popular coat-over-the-hood-of-your-pickup technique. Accuracy was hit or miss with this method, pun intended. Sandbags can be used, and they definitely improve accuracy, but it is a hassle to pack sandbags around.
One advantage of many of the shooting rests available today is reduction of felt recoil. The weight of the rest combines with the weight of the rifle, which helps to absorb the energy. The more the gun/rest weighs, the more felt recoil is reduced. It is simple physics. Bags of lead shot can be added to some rests, so even the hardest kicking calibers can be shot without getting a bruise on your shoulder. This also can prevent or mitigate flinching. The loud sound of a center fire rifle contributes to flinch, so always wear hearing protection when shooting to protect your ears.
Like most shooting rests, the Bench is mostly for use at the range. However, the Bench is light and portable enough, at about 8 lbs that it could be taken into the field for varmint hunting. Simply set it up on a folding table or use the hood of a vehicle. Not ideal for that purpose, but a possibility that you might want to consider when comparing features.
With a weight of 8 lbs., the Bench does reduce felt recoil, but not as much as some of the heavier shooting rests. The Bench doesn't have a tray to load for bags of lead shot but I have found that you can drape them over the front legs to help reduce recoil. In my experience the Bench, without additional weight, tames a .30-06 or a .270 so that you can comfortably shoot a couple boxes of cartridges and not be beat up by the experience. On Desert Mountain's web site, one Bench Master user claims over 200 rounds of various .338 loads without pain or thought of recoil. I'm not sure I would go that far, but it does attenuate recoil.
The Bench does require some assembly, but it is as simple as threading some bolts with plastic knobs through the body of the device and the altitude adjustment mechanism. It couldn't be much easier.
As seen in the illustration, the design of the Bench is in the shape of a T. There is an elevated part that comes up in the front that a bench bag fits into. This supports the forearm of the stock. On this is a level indicator. At the rear is a "Vee" shaped padded rest with a heavy-duty canvas strap across the back, which the butt of the rifle fits into. In the center is an adjustment knob that allows you to fine tune the elevation of the gun to align the sights with the target. At the end of each part of the T are adjustment feet that allow additional elevation and leveling adjustments. The entire rest hinges in the center for radical elevation adjustment. There are wing nuts on the feet and a knob on the side to lock everything into place.
After you learn how the Bench needs to be adjusted for your gun, it is fairly easy to get set up. Going from one gun to another can take some time if the feet adjustments have to be tweaked, but usually the fine adjustment in the center accommodates differences in stock designs. The Bench works best on a flat level surface, but with the various adjustments, you can set it up in a less than perfect spot, such as the hood of a vehicle.
Firing a rifle in the Bench is very natural. The butt of the rifle fits into the padded V rear rest and the stock rests on the front bench bag. The way the Bench is designed, no part of the rest gets in your way like some bulky rests do. Press the gun into the rear V rest and onto the bench bag and then tweak the adjustments until the sights line up on your target. There are no side to side adjustments, so you will have to move the rear foot around on the surface, which surprisingly enough works pretty well. Put your shoulder up firmly against the rear rest/butt of the rifle, and shot as you normally would. Even with very small calibers, the Bench will move a little from the recoil, so each time you may have to make some minor adjustments to realign the sights.
pictures of original rest and my local made rest are give below. i fires 7.62mm g3, 7mm, .243cal, 8mm, .22cal, and 6.5mm

tighten the gun fire one shot now wd out moving gun even 1mm bring scope cross at that shot. ur done. else fix laser boresighter and wd out firing even 1 shot bring cross hair to dot ur done.

Engineeer
20-11-2010, 11:35 AM
u can make somthing similar to this locally using angle iron heavy steel coz 8mm will not take it

Enigmatic Desires
23-11-2010, 04:23 AM
Thanks for the info sir. Makes a cumbersome process easier