What front rest is everyone using for benchrest competitions?

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

    
Thanks for posting this photo. I did not realize they made the extension for the Randolph front rest – I could not find it on their website. I called and purchased the extension and hope to try it out next week, weather permitting.

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    mrjohns
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    I have the Caldwell BR rest and the Baldeagle rest.   I use the Caldwell for benchresting my Anschutz .22 competition rifle and use the Baldeagle for my TX200 MKlll.  I didn’t like the cable adjustment om the baldeagle rest  so I took it off and replaced with a handle. I doesn’t take but about 15 minutes to do it. The handle  windage  adjustment is much easier to adjust. I think there is a video on you tube, show you how to do it

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    jps2486
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    I just graduated from a Bald Eagle to a Randolf.  It’s amazing how much more precise the Randolf is.  The Bald Eagle is a decent rest and can be made to work, but you have to make sure everything is tightened up.

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    airborne
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    If you plan on selling your Eagle let me know, I am looking for a good deal on one

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    jps2486
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    “airborne”If you plan on selling your Eagle let me know, I am looking for a good deal on one

    
Sorry, mine is sold already.

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    airborne
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    yea I missed the boat.No worries, thanks for the reply……Pete

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    Crutcherro1
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    I found this post on modifying a Bald Eagle rest. How to replace the windage cable with a knob. 

    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=588497

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    Tominco
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    I feel like such a neanderthal! 
    I use an Atlas Bipod and I stick a sandbag in the back. If I don’t have an Atlas, I use a Harris or a sandbag in the front. 
    Before you laugh at this…
    I have not placed in the top ten for 25yd ever. But, last year at EBR I placed in the top 10 for the 75 yard. I didn’t even realize it until they called my name to shoot again. I had put very little focus on the 25 and 75. 
    Now, I’m in Pro Class for the next 3 years! uh! I’m gonna get slaughtered! lol! ;) Oh well… I still can’t wait to see everyone there again! :D
    Tom

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    John_in_Ma
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    “Tominco”I feel like such a neanderthal! 
    I use an Atlas Bipod and I stick a sandbag in the back. If I don’t have an Atlas, I use a Harris or a sandbag in the front. 
    Before you laugh at this…
    I have not placed in the top ten for 25yd ever. But, last year at EBR I placed in the top 10 for the 75 yard. I didn’t even realize it until they called my name to shoot again. I had put very little focus on the 25 and 75. 
    Now, I’m in Pro Class for the next 3 years! uh! I’m gonna get slaughtered! lol! ;) Oh well… I still can’t wait to see everyone there again! :D
    Tom

    
Don’t feel bad at all/ I shoot with two to or three(depends on venue) worlds bench rest shooters when I attend BR matches. I use leather bags front and back, with wood blocks every match,and my Field Target gun to boot. Of course it’s my choice but seeing as FT is my first choice and BR is complimentary I don’t beat myself up too much. Though I do come in last every time.
    Some day I’ll have the money to spend on dedicated LV and HV 25M bench rest guns, and a front rest to match but for now I just enjoy shooting with and getting advise from some of the best.

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    Coldking
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    You did just fine at the match last weekend John ! 
    I would suggest a Ranolph or SEB NEO – for those that want the best 


    cheers 
    ‘CK 
    P.S there is a year long wait to get the SEB NEO — 
    ‘but is a functional work of art 

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    John_in_Ma
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    Thank you Ck. I’ll get there eventualy with BR. Though as you know FT is my first love and I’ll never let go.

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    sharroff
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    I just upgraded myself to a Chip Smith front rest.  I’ve been thinking about the Randolph but when I saw this, I was on the phone with Chip right away.   He explained every thing he did to build this mechanical work of art and I knew this is the one for me.   The machining, parts, and done by hand fitting and finish that he put into this are amazing.  Put side by side (compare pictures) with the Randolph and I saw this as top of its class.   I really like the idea of being able to control the vertical / horizontal axis independently just like a scope knowing if I don’t want to touch the vertical it isn’t going to change (no joystick).

    Might be one of the only areas I can one up CK on at the moment.

     

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    Salticon
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    Looks pretty much like a Randolf, only difference I see is the rest top. Good luck with it, looks like quality. I’d like to find some foot pads like those.

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    sharroff
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    Same basic layout, but about twice the weight, linear bearings, hardened shafts, oiled bronze dust covers, stainless for pads, much tighter tolerances for no movement, and other upgrades.

     

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    Salticon
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    yup definitely one up’d CK!! very nice! 

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    sharroff
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    And when I get my Steyr back from Zasadny I’m gonna chase a 250 with that new rest.

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    jps2486
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    I think CK is leveling the playing field.

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    Coldking
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    Hahahaha! 
                     Well Boyz – that was short lived! 😆
    Got an email from Chip Smith about a week ago- asked if I’d like one of those beauties – think he only made 5 in total –
    so the new Chip Smith is on its way to me,and the Randolph is on its way to a new home as well!
    for the record- the Ranolph weighs in at 22.3 lbs and the Chip Smith weighs in at 28 lbs –
    I’m still waiting on my SEB NEO – 
    cheers guys!
    CK

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    sharroff
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    Chip said something about a persnickity ole guy from FL that had just got a Randolf and then saw Chip’s and called with buyers remorse :) .  Guess I know who that is for sure now.

    I’m not going on the SEB wait list.  I prefer controlling each dimension on it’s own.w/o a joystick that changes both at once.

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    Coldking
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    Lots of OLD GUYS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA 😆
    But I’m  told that the SEB NEO takes some getting used to? ( joysticks) 
    Ill post what I think about it,when it arrives some months into the future?
    the Chip Smith is Top Shelf all the way- I’m exited to get one –
    and love the fact that you can use your own sand filled bag-
    let me know how you like yours as well
    regards 
    CK

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