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    TerryE1
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    I'd like to try out some BR shooting, and I don't want to fart around with a bag. What do I need to know while shopping for one? 

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    socaloldman
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    That is a very interesting question because several of us have recently been on the same quest.  Unbeknown to each of us we both settled on the same solution.   We played with bags, assorted three legged mechanical rests and finally ended up loving a simple front bipod without tilt or swivel.  We do use a twin eared rear bag to squeeze for final adjustment.  

    I also must state that the dyed in the wool BR guys only use expensive mechanical rests and poo poo our bipods but we are rapidly approaching their scores.  I think the difference is we are not dedicated BR fanatics, rather we just like having fun and not taking the game as seriously as the bluebloods.  God forbid we go over to the dark side!

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    mark404
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    I have a good front rest, it's a JJ industries rest, it feels silky smooth and it has its place, but I also have a good  Accu-Tac FC-5 QD F-Class Bipod, it's great for when the wind is constantly changing and you need to readjust quickly and that's where the JJ falls a little short, when the wind is constantly changing speed and or direction. 

    some of the joystick rest seems to be able to adjust quickly 

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    Hynzie
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    grizzly industrial take a look at the BALD EAGLE

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    Crutcherro1
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    Ken Hicks is a forum sponsor and carriers my dream rest. It’s a NOTA. Check it out. Some day I will have one….

    https://spaweapons.com/products/nota-professional-benchrest

     

    Crutch

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    sonny
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    i like the atlas bipod and rear bag, works great for me5 shots 58yrds .25 cal

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    TerryE1
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    Ooooooooooo. Ken’s is crazy nice. I’m looking at a Rifle Rock on eBay right now for 130 plus shipping. 

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    Crusher
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    If you haven't tried the mechanical bench rest, I suggest you do give one a try somewhere. I have the NOTA and it has improved my shooting by leaps and bounds. not just because it is so stable, but because every shot is repeatable. It helped me to see some mistakes I was making in my hold, breathing and trigger pull. It helps to get the exact same cheek weld every time because the gun is in the exact same place.

    I hesitated to spend so much on a rest. But if someone steals this one, I'll go right back and get another. The NOTA is one awesome rest. And Ken is the best.

     

    Crusher

     

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    idoc
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    Soialoldman,

    What  bipod did you end up with?

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    chasdicapua
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    Terry, if you want to shoot bench rest, I would agree with the guys that are saying to get a mechanical front rest. You're just not going to shoot as well with a bi pod. Go to any match and count how many bi pods are being used. The number will be zero.

    Agree with Hynzie that the Bald Eagle rest is a very good starter rest. Can be had for less than $200 and with a very simple, less than $10 mod, it can be a great front rest. 

    I'll also say +1 for the JJ rest. It's what I use and is excellent. Now would I like to have the NOTA Joy Stick rest? Absolutely. Just don't feel like laying out the money right now. 

    Chas

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    socaloldman

    That is a very interesting question because several of us have recently been on the same quest.  Unbeknown to each of us we both settled on the same solution.   We played with bags, assorted three legged mechanical rests and finally ended up loving a simple front bipod without tilt or swivel.  We do use a twin eared rear bag to squeeze for final adjustment.  

    I also must state that the dyed in the wool BR guys only use expensive mechanical rests and poo poo our bipods but we are rapidly approaching their scores.  I think the difference is we are not dedicated BR fanatics, rather we just like having fun and not taking the game as seriously as the bluebloods.  God forbid we go over to the dark side!

    I love it.  

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    redcrow
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    Has any one played around with the Caldwell Fire Control front rest. It's sort of a poor man's NOTA/Farley atb $230 or so. I just wonder if it's be worth a try

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    Strever
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    i have  the fire control and it's NOT a very good benchrest, it is not even as good as the bald eagle

    for a coaxial rest i use the SEB Neo

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    TerryE1
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    socaloldman

      God forbid we go over to the dark side!

    If you and your friends are shooting Piston BR, you have my respect, Sir…

     

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