What front rest is everyone using for benchrest competitions?

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    SethAZ
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    I’m looking for something better than the Caldwell Rock. I wanted to see if there’s a lot of shooters using the same rest.

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    Goodtogo
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    Google Bald Eagle bench rest………….and look at the cast iron version.

    and if you really want to look at diff rests?
    http://benchrest.com/forum.php
     

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    weatherby
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    Varide Cicognani RC ergal ADJ5:

    http://www.varidecicognani.it/en/products/rest_rc_ergal_adj_5_.html

    Pretty commonly used rest here in EU. Really like the quality.

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    John_in_Ma
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    http://www.randolphmachine.com/front.html
    This is one of the best. It allows for very precise adjustments. Also better than weathrby’s suggestion in that it will move the rifle left and right(windage) so you don’t have to fool around with your rear bag.
    Also this rest is by far The best but there is a waiting list.
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-reviews/seb-neo-co-axial-front-rest/

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    PlanB
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    i use these but im sure there are much better bipods and rests

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    pbguns
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    “John_in_Ma”http://www.randolphmachine.com/front.html
    This is one of the best. It allows for very precise adjustments. Also better than weathrby’s suggestion in that it will move the rifle left and right(windage) so you don’t have to fool around with your rear bag.
    Also this rest is by far The best but there is a waiting list.
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-reviews/seb-neo-co-axial-front-rest/

    
Those are really nice 

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    weatherby
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    “John_in_Ma”http://www.randolphmachine.com/front.html
    This is one of the best. It allows for very precise adjustments. Also better than weathrby’s suggestion in that it will move the rifle left and right(windage) so you don’t have to fool around with your rear bag.
    Also this rest is by far The best but there is a waiting list.
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/gear-reviews/seb-neo-co-axial-front-rest/

    Hey John, mine also has got windage (1 possible movement) and elevation (3 possible movements, 1 of them is a fine adjuster)
    For elevation, there is a rack and pinion system, and in this rack and pinion system sits a spindle, which is adjustable with the “boat steering wheel”
    For fine elevation adjustments, there is a sort of a micrometer adjuster on the middle leg, which allows a very precise movement.
    The 2 sides of the “bag” are also adjustable for width by turning the right knob on the top.
    So you also have the possibility to leave the rear bag as is, and make all adjustments with the rest itself.
    I really like this rest, and that at less than half the cost of a Seb neo.
    But I assume when someone is living in the US, it will likely be more economical to get a US made rest instead of importing one from Italy

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    John_in_Ma
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    Sorry about that Weatherby, it was a quick look at your link at work before I posted my suggestions. I do see now the windage adjustment knob. Of course the SEB is the top of the food chain rest, but the Randolph is no slouch. Though I own neither I’ve used both at BR matches. Precision wise the Randolph and SEB are very close, with the tip o` the hat going to the SEB due to the joystick. This allows you to stay on the scope/in position to adjust for windage and elevation without having to lean forward over/next to or around the rifle to make adjustments.
    What do I use for rests? Sand bags front and back. I would like to score a 250 before I switch to a mechanical front rest, with my FT rifle. That’s my first goal to achieve in BR.

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    Dirte
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    I use the Bald Eagle. They have the cast iron version on sale for $199.00 right now. Good price for what it is. http://www.bullets.com/products/Rest-Slingshot-Cast-Iron/BE1006

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    Michael
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    I use a bald eagle as well. Great product for the price.

    I’ve seen a few rests that utilized what appears to be a medium density rubber strip instead of a front bag. Can anyone comment on that material?

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    weatherby
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    “Michael”I use a bald eagle as well. Great product for the price.

    I’ve seen a few rests that utilized what appears to be a medium density rubber strip instead of a front bag. Can anyone comment on that material?

    
According the BR rules, it must be a sand bag. So I don’t think a rubber strip is allowed in BR competitions.

    B.t.w. that bald eagle seems unbeatable at that price, nice rest indeed! Unfortunately, the aren’t common in EU. (Hard to get)

    Regards Gijs

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    TonyT
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    I use the Randolph rest from Randolph Machine. It,s pricey but worth every penny.

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    chasdicapua
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    I use the Bald Eagle as well. Over 20 lbs in cast iron version. Windage as well as course and fine elevation adjustable. No need to take one’s eye off the scope when making adjustments. Of course, this is not in the same league as the $700+ 50lb front rests, but it’s quite good.

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    chiro972b
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    “Michael”I use a bald eagle as well. Great product for the price.

    I’ve seen a few rests that utilized what appears to be a medium density rubber strip instead of a front bag. Can anyone comment on that material?

    
Off topic, but man is that a gorgeous stock! I love the flame/tiger stripe pattern. I’ve always coveted a Gibson Les Paul with a flame maple top and that pattern on your stock is just as nice! On topic, I just bought a bald eagle rest, but I need to get rid of that awful cable adjust windage. Other than that it works great!

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    Salticon
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    I use the Randolph, converts to one piece open class too. Belt driven, quick, smooth, and precise

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    airborne
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    I am happy with my Caldwell Rock BR Rest
    What I need is something for the rear of the rifle,, sand bags are not cutting it, I am open for suggestions

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    airborne
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    This Randolph rest does that front part scratch the barrel or stock??? I see no protectant

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    airborne
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    On the Baldeagle, go with which one  ​Slingshot base or Triangle base??  The prices on sale I would like to buy both, The bag is a must

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    John_in_Ma
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    “airborne”This Randolph rest does that front part scratch the barrel or stock??? I see no protectant

    
That front part is a stop. It ensure that the rifle is in the same position every time a shot is taken. Also, if you are worried about marring your stock or scratching your gun during competition then either take great care not to, or buy a rifle dedicated to the sport that you don’t have to worry about getting a few dings and scratches on.

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    Kim
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    The adjustable top has 3 narrow sandbags glued to the metal plates, which in turn contact the stock.  ie, there is no metal contact with the stock – as per rules which state the same.

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