Recommended filler for leather bench rest bag

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David R. posted this 4 weeks ago

I recently purchased a leather front bench rest bag from Brownells. I was wondering what filler folks recommended. Lead shot, sand, rice? Thanx, 

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45 2.1 posted this 4 weeks ago

All you listed have been used............. but currently most people are using plastic airsoft BB's.

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John Alexander posted this 4 weeks ago

A lot of the jacketed benchrest shooters use some kind of very dense heavy sand and stuff them so full that they are more like a piece of cast iron than a sand bag.  Since mine seem heavy enough to carry back and fourth I have always use plain old clean and that seemed OK.  Since rice of air soft balls would be much lighter, maybe I should try them.

John

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R. Dupraz posted this 4 weeks ago

(b)      Sandbags – Shall be of one or more materials which can be easily flexed with the fingers before being filled with a non-metallic material similar to dry sand.

Fine dry sand works for me 

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onondaga posted this 4 weeks ago

I recommend what I use. From Harbor Freight, #12 grit Walnut shell media. I use it in my vibratory cleaner too. Source:

https://www.harborfreight.com/25-lbs-coarse-grade-walnut-shell-blast-media-92150.html

 

Gary

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4and1 posted this 4 weeks ago

Most agree too hard is bad. Also, too soft and it kind of ruins the reason for a steady rest in the first place. I use plain jane play sand, but putting the right amount in makes a difference. You want the bag to hold its shape and not slump. Make a forming plate to keep the bag in shape when the gun isn't in it, the same size as your forend. Maybe at the start of every shooting session, just give it a bit of fluffing to keep it from getting too hard. The rear bag should get the same treatment. It has to have enough sand to keep its shape, the ears need to conform somewhat to the butt. But not too hard.

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.22-10-45 posted this 4 weeks ago

I too like the heavy sand...but only for rear bags.  In front, I use clean sand.  The heavy sand is finer than regular sand and can filter out of bag seams..didn't want sand gunking up threads in front rest.

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John Alexander posted this 4 weeks ago

There is obviously more than one way to skin a cat although some people think they know the only one. I shot with some top jacketed bullet benchrest score shooters for several years. As mentioned above their bags could just as well been made of concrete with a leather cover.  "Bag Squeezers" was not a complimentary term -- but occasionally a bag squeezer with a soft bag would beat them anyway.

John 

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David R. posted this 4 weeks ago

I'm mostly a rifle ignoramus, but wanting to learn. I don't actually like shooting at a bench very much, but that may be because I don't really know what I'm doing. I figured that I need to learn if I want to get my rifle(s) to perform well and be able to see what sort of groups that they are capable of. Not being a sophisticated bench rest shooter I just want something that doesn't feel like ship's ballast to carry, but does the trick. The walnut shell suggestion sounds good. I need to get some of that stuff anyway for my motorcycle projects. 

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lotech posted this 4 weeks ago

Hard to imagine a better sandbag filler than sand. Also, it seem that an overfilled sand bag , regardless of filler, with no "give" would prove a disadvantage in most, if not all situations. 

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Tom Acheson posted this 4 weeks ago

From the FWIW dept.....

"Regular" beach-like sand (dry) has an average bulk density of about 100 PCF (pounds per cubic foot) and the heavy sand is probably zircon sand at about 170 PCF. Some foundrys like the zircon version because it gives a better finish on the casting (and possibly other reasons) but it is more expensive.

Try packing the sand loose, firm and compacted, shoot a separate target with each condition and let your targets tell you which works best.

Might want to check the CBA benchrest match rules and see if the need for the "sand" bag to be playable with finger pressure is mentioned. Now there's a subjective thought!

 

Tom

 

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OU812 posted this 3 weeks ago

What type front sand bag rest are we talking about...there are several.

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Ed Harris posted this 3 weeks ago

I use spent ground corncob case tumbling media.

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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Ken T posted this 3 weeks ago

I use heavy sand from Sinclair in both front and rear bags.

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Goatwhiskers posted this 3 weeks ago

I prefer sand, filled to a moderate firmness.  Having said that, kitty litter works well and is lighter.  GW

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David R. posted this 3 weeks ago

What type front sand bag rest are we talking about...there are several.

#7 Standard Front Bench Rest bag from Brownells. 

I was curious what folks were using because it doesn't look easy to get it in and a lot harder to get it back out if I don't like it. The corn cob and kitty litter suggestions are topping the list so far. Competition rules hadn't entered my mind. So much to learn! 

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Ken T posted this 3 weeks ago

It can be a bit of a nuisance to fill and empty the bags.Before you fill the bag with some light weight material maybe try one of the cheap prefilled bags from Walmart to see if you like the light weight bag.I prefer a bag that stays where I set it.

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oscarflytyer posted this 2 weeks ago

I use double bagged wool socks and stuff them very full/tight with corn cob media.  Easy to mold, beat around and get the shape I want and much less dust.  And nowhere as heavy as sand.  I have not tried it in a leather bag.  For that, sand is probably better.

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