rifle rest ideas

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by boatdoc, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    Now that my back is acting up again, I have decided it is time to look into a rifle rest for the barrel section of my rifles only. I like to stand when I shoot. I am looking to get a device that I can place on a table, raise it to my preferred height and would support the front of the rifle safely.I use a modified isosceles stance, facing the target fully or canted slightly toward my strong side(rear foot back) , bent at the waist a bit more than I do for shooting pistols.

    I do not want something that holds the entire rifle for me. I want to relieve the rifle weight up front.It will be used on a table top all the time .ideas welcome

    thanks in advance
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  2. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    Doc, I would recommend a camera tripod. There are companies who make tops for them to support or even hold a rifle forearm. The tripods are infinitely adjustable. And, nice ones can be had for reasonable money.
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  3. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015

    how sturdy are they Joe? can they handle an AR?

    interesting idea. saw some on Amazon. That might be perfect

    thanks Joe
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    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    There are commercial tripod rests out there. Some are kinda pricey. A regular camera tripod can be had cheap, at goodwill or a thrift store.

    Just a matter of adapting the holding screw to connect to a swivel stud. Or fabricating a cradle for the stock/forend.
  5. Spokes

    Spokes Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Sep 18, 2011
    That bipod suggestion is a great idea. Think I will use it. I have a new one I purchased several year ago to use with my Chrony...
  6. Ethank

    Ethank Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2017
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  7. Apollo99

    Apollo99 Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    If you like to stand when you shoot and need a rest for the barrel, get one of those extended adjustable mono-pods. They are nothing more than a long adjustable aluminum pole with a spike/rubber point at the bottom and a cushioned crotch at the top for your barrel or fore-stock. You could probably make something out of material you can get from Home depot, but I've seen them sold commercially.
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  8. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    Doc, I use mine to hold a 12lb suppressed scoped high power bean field rifle...so they are plenty sturdy if you get a half way decent one. I think my tripod was around $35.00 at a second hand store.
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  9. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015

    I use an old Manfrotto tripod and a "Pig Saddle". Not current state of art, but works well.
    Shots to 600 yds. are pretty easy with this set up and my Tikka.
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  10. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    sounds like aperfect solution

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  11. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    I have a manfrotto for my spotting scope. Very sturdy. It wasn't cheap but I am happy with it. It could support the front end of a rifle and is very adjustable. If a guy could find one at a thrift store that would be perfect. The vortex offering looks pretty good but I haven't tried one myself.
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  12. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
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  13. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
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  14. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015

    True, but like everything- "expensive" is subjective.

    A Chambers "WMG" is considerably more expensive than a SA "Range Officer", but for good reason.
    My preference would most certainly be the "WMG" in this example, even though they both do the same job- launch a projectile.
    The "WMG" just does it considerably better.
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  15. daved20319

    daved20319 Active Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    Define "better". And while you're at it, you probably need to define "considerably" too :D. Just sayin'...

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  16. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015

    Better as in; light years mo accurate, light years better fit/finish, better trigger, no MIM/top drawer “parts”.
    That type of better.
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  17. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    I have a little church thrift store down the street I will help them with some of the heavier stuff....

    Saw a Heavy Duty Celestron scope Tripod they said they wanted gone as no one had a use for it.

    $10.00 and sold. Just need to get a Hog Style Saddle to attach to it and I am sure it would support a 50 BMG Rifle.


    Fine tune knobs for horizontal and elevation.

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  18. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
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