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    I built this with 3/8ths mild steel 3/4 all thread, weld nuts, and I cant remember what you call those threaded spacers, like what you would use to bolt the belly pan of a Cat or skidder or something to. Enjoy.
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    More pics

    Here they are.
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    • #3
      Great past time...Bench shooting.

      11b,

      I like the project. That's a much nicer rest than those usually seen on the market! I would have "broke" the resting plate using a hydraulic press/jig combo and an angle deflection gauge rather than welding the three pieces. However, you probably did not have access to such tooling. I guess things are more scarce in somewhat remote Alaska than most of the Continental United States?

      It looks very durable regardless of rifle caliber used. Very nice finished product! Happy shooting. Dial 'er in and do what you do. A 30-06 at 1200 yards "confirmed" is a great accomplishment. Oops...

      Good Luck

      HAWK

      PS: If you would, please post a picture of the target after final dialing in on the glass. If possible include rifle spec w/ barrel length and type action, caliber, bullet
      configuration, bullet weight, powder type/gn's used, firing distance, windage elevation, mark the 1st shot (flyer(s)) and other pertinent specs.

      If you want pm me and I'll send my email address if you'd rather not post this information on a public forum.

      THANKS!!!
      Last edited by HAWK; 04-17-2011, 12:00 AM.

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      • #4
        Very nicely done!
        Professional firefighter (retired). Amateur everything else I try to do...
        Oh yeah: GO BIG RED!

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        • #5
          Hey 11b,
          Nice job & design. Here are a few variations I make. The most popular is the "field" unit with detachable bench base. It can be used on a bench or in the field & has a belt clip to carry easily & adjustable for prone or sitting. Maybe give you a few ideas....

          Denny
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          • #6
            Thanks

            Thank you Gentlemen.
            I hate seeing inferior junk from china overwhelm our shelves, so if I can, I do without it or make it.
            Yorkiepap, I did see your rest and they are really cool, light and fast looking. I really like the way you did the feet.
            Hawk when I start shooting I can send you some pics. I'm really not a "bench rest shooter" I shoot IPSC and used to shoot service rifle a long time ago in the Army. I love to play around and see how accurate I can get that's for sure. I love to reload and make cast bullets. Are you a bench rest shooter? I could use some of your loads
            Thank you for the comments.
            Last edited by 11b; 04-17-2011, 12:24 PM.

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            • #7
              I can send some load info your weigh.

              11b.

              IPSC-nice! It is hard to beat a good .45. I used to BS some time ago. I will send some info on loads your way. What caliber? I will have to recall my loads. I lost everything I owned in a nasty divorce after 21 years of marriage. I will look and see what I have. Some of my info and equipment is stored at my business partner's place.

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              • #8
                Nice job to both of you guys...Bob
                Bob Wright

                Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
                http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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                • #9
                  Hawk its OK, no worries, I have tons of load data, the internet has so much data to sift through you know. Generally Bullseye and 231 for my 45 and 4895 for the 06 and 308. I appreciate the offer however. Lately I have been playing with a 45-70 and that is really fun. Let me know (PM) if you want some interesting loads for the 45-70. Thanks.

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                  • #10
                    That's a great looking rest. I'm sure it's probably better than a Caldwell. I'd love to see it with a rifle and shooter as well. It's been a long time now but I used to shoot heavy bench rest every Saturday night. I miss it!! Now days even if I could find time to shoot I have no shooting partner anymore so don't really shoot too much. I was going to try to start shooting again this year and already missed the first match due to work and haven't fired a shot since Labor Day weekend of 09.

                    Anyway it's a great looking rest and I hope you get many hours of shooting enjoyment from it!!!
                    Blondie (Owner C & S Automotive)

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                    • #11
                      About how much do you have invested mot including the bag? I had plans to make my own rest to but the bag alone was $22 and a brand new MTM predator front rest was $25. I like the MTM unit but the rubber rest and coarse thread plastic adjuster aren't that precise. I love the simplicity of your design as well. Great looking welds too! TIG isn't it? where did you get the tube nuts?
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                      • #12
                        Thank you. Fastenal has the tube nuts but you could probably use nuts and tig them in a piece of heavy wall pipe, but those tube nuts work really well, however you do have to chase the threads with a tap. Other then that the other expense, of course the bag (made in USA) and the threaded rod. The Caldwell rests you see for 25 dollars are way too light and flimsy. I will get some pics of the rest in action.

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                        • #13
                          Please do!!! I'm an avid shooter and appreciate such pictures. Please do show pics of the targets as well.
                          Blondie (Owner C & S Automotive)

                          Colt the original point & click interface!

                          Millermatic 35 with spot panel
                          Miller 340A/BP
                          Victor O/A torches
                          Lincoln SP125
                          Too many other tools to list

                          03 Ram 1500
                          78 GS1000
                          82 GL1100 Interstate

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