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I made one a couple of years ago. It worked ok but I needed to be able to make a height adjustment screw that i didnt have to take the gun off the rest to adjust. To make a long story short I ended up getting a Sinclair rest to use with my varmint gun and threw the other one away.

I got a new Midway catalog today and they have one for 23 bucks. It looks pretty good for that amount.
The item number is 539-066
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hmmm.....

that may be the caldwelll pistol rest at midway. i been wantin one of those. i seen a feller use one at the range and he liked it real well.
 

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I once seen a shooter at the local range who had a 1" thick piece of plywood screwed to a Contender grip. The grip was cut to hold the barrel on a horizontal plane and the plywood was 12"x12". On each corner, there were threaded feet to level it and elevate it. It was stained a walnut color and was the coolest homemade affair I've ever seen and it worked better than it looked. He could zero the crosshairs without any error and literally shoot at the same spot every time. I always wanted to build one of those but never took the time.
 

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A while back I was searching for a rest to develop loads for my .44 mag. Since my son and I had already purchased a Outers varmint rifle rest for use with our rifles, my first consideration was to purchase a new Outers “Pistol perch” which mounts on the varmint rest base, but is designed to use with pistols. Two things kept me from making this purchase, both stemmed from the fact that none of the local shooting supply houses had one in stock for me to look at. First, the way the pistol perch is designed it appears that the rest portion is actually raised from the surface of the bench. It just looks uncomfortable. Secondly I didn’t want to order one only to find that I really didn’t like it, and have to go through the hassle of shipping it back to the place of purchase. I finally decided to purchase the Hoppe’s mini bench rest and mount it in a board so as to have it replicate the Hoppe’s mini pistol rest. My mistake was in buying the mini bench rest. It is not anywhere near as sturdy as the full size bench rest, and therefore does not provide as solid of a rest. Just this past weekend I stopped by a store, which had a Lohman pistol vise on display. I had never seen one of these in any catalog or any other store. It actually closes around the barrel of the gun to hold the gun in the same place shot after shot, although I’m not sure how it will work on the heavy kickers like the 44. Since I have recently purchased a Contender frame and am planning on purchasing barrels in .22 long rifle, .223, and 7 X 30 Waters, I might consider the Lohman vise. (If anyone has any experience with one of these, please let me know your thoughts.) My recommendation would be to spend the extra money and buy a good solid rest weather it be the Hoppes, the Sinclair, the pistol perch, or any of the others available. By the way, you can view the Lohman pistol vise by going to the Lohman Mfg. web site.
 

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I have been using a Winchester two piece bench rest bag.Midsouth has a PAST bench kit that looks about the same as the Winchester bag, but is a three piece for $17.54.
 

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I built a Bowers type rest from a piece of 1 X 6 oak. Then built a 3 X 6 inch forend and attached a 2 x 4 to the grip for both Encore and Contender. I have three 3/8th inch eye bolts threaded through the bottom to adjust the sights. Through trial and error I found that 120 grit sandpaper works better than something course. I think I have about 25 buck invested.

It works great to research loads. No human error. Just remember when you go from the hard rest to sand bags for hunting the zero will change dramatically.

It is back home in NY, so I can't post a picture. If you want more info contact me by e-mail. :D
 

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I was looking at the mono-pod (walking stick) type rests out there and noticed that if the labaling said anything about shooting rest on it, the price was 50 to 100 dollars. I found a photo mono-pod at Wally World for $7.00 and it came with a carry bag. I bought a tip at the gun shop made by Stoney Creek for their shooting sticks for another $6.00 and have a very nice unit for much less money.
 

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My portable T/C rest consists of about 6 or 8 shooting bags my wife makes for me. She uses the legs of old blue jeans for the out side material, just sewn shut on both ends. She uses 1 gallon zip loc plastic bags and fills them with uncooked pop corn. Then she stuffs them inside of an old blue jean leg and cuts to fit and sews the ends up. This also makes them water proof. To shoot off the hood of a truck, benchrest, etc., I stack a couple of bags for the bbl, and generally use one bag under the butt of the Contender. It is easilly adjusted by just tamping the bbl end or the butt end down a little to adjust the sights. Dead steady, and very cheap to make. They don't weigh much and I always carry at least one in my backpack when hunting for a quick rest, if I don't just use my backpack. I actually carry about 3 or 4 of the bags in my different vehicles, and I am always equipped with a steady rest which also works just as well with a rifle. Regards.......Gary
 

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Thanks to all that replied. You have given me a better perspective and some new ideas to try.

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The best rest I have found are bags. When ever I wear out a pair of blue jeans, I cut off the legs from the knees down. Sew one one end shut and the other end almost shut and fill full of rice or beans, then finish sewing shut. Make them fairly firm. I like rice the best for these bags. The bags stuff away better under and behind seats than wood or metal rests. Guns not high enough, stack two. The won't scratch guns or paint. Doesn't hurt when it slides off the hood onto a foot. You can wiggle the gun down into the bag to get that just right adjustment or angle. Works good over mirrors or door windows if shooting from truck is legal in your area.

Need something to hold the coffee cup on the dash, stick it between two bags. Hauling some pipe in the back of the truck use a couple of these bags to keep it from rolling. Grandkid to short to see out the window while you are shooting, sit her on some bags. Just don't let her have the binoculars she will call your misses...and be right.
 

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The best rest I have found are bags. When ever I wear out a pair of blue jeans, I cut off the legs from the knees down. Sew one one end shut and the other end almost shut and fill full of rice or beans, then finish sewing shut. Make them fairly firm. I like rice the best for these bags. The bags stuff away better under and behind seats than wood or metal rests. Guns not high enough, stack two. The won't scratch guns or paint. Doesn't hurt when it slides off the hood onto a foot. You can wiggle the gun down into the bag to get that just right adjustment or angle. Works good over mirrors or door windows if shooting from truck is legal in your area.

Need something to hold the coffee cup on the dash, stick it between two bags. Hauling some pipe in the back of the truck use a couple of these bags to keep it from rolling. Grandkid to short to see out the window while you are shooting, sit her on some bags. Just don't let her have the binoculars she will call your misses...and be right.
 

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:D I have a sizzor jack out of a european car. Picked it up at the local wrecking yard for $1. Drilled out the big rivet and removed the 'pinch-weld' support off the top. Made me a "U" shaped piece out of a 2x4 and lined it with imitation sheepskin. Bolted this to the top of the jack. Got an old pant leg, tied one end shut, filled it with kitty litter (clean works best) and then tied the other end. I put the hand grip on the kitty litter bag and the forend in the "U" on my sizzor jack. I use the jack adjusting screw to move the barrel to align the sights on target, and then squeeze the "kitty litter bag" to do the final adjustments. Works great for me. Took about 1/2 hour, and my daughter never missed the litter out of the kitty litter bag. Not bad shooting set up for a $1 investment. I have shot up to my .338 win mag over them without a problem.

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