Homemade shooting rest

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Crpdeth, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    I'm being a little tight wadded at the moment...I went and got some canvas coin bags from the bank, and I have a bag of kiddie sand I may use, but before I do I wanted you guys opinion on what I should use for fill material...I know that sand can be a pain, especially when using the bigger guns, causing a dusting effect...I've considered using dry beans or something like that.


  2. Not a bad idea! Have never had a shooting bag, beans seem like they would work...Do Banks sell these, or are they giving old ones away?...;)

  3. cointoss2

    cointoss2 Guest

    Try useing "lead shot" bags or even sewed up blue jean legs, but if you do use sand, pour it into a plastic bag first to keep the dust cloud down. Another good filler is with barley, not quite as heavy as sand.
  4. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I have use sand, beans, barley and rice. Sand is heavy and dusty. Beans break up over time. Barley breaks down even faster. Brown rice lasts longest and is fairly light. I'm thinking of putting a layer of lead shot on the bottom to stabilize the rest and filling the rest with rice.

  5. gpostal

    gpostal Former Guest

    Feb 20, 2003
    never made one ,but i wonder if buckwheat beans would be good
  6. Txquadhunter

    Txquadhunter Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    Nevada, TX
    i've thought about trying saw dust since it's lite and can be packed down. you could try playground/box sand it seems to be less dusty then the rest.
  7. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    Thanks guys, still brain storming here.

    I've used sand in freezer bags, then placed these in burlap in the past, but the freezer bags tend to bust up in there, over time, maybe I'm a little rough with them.

    I really like the lead shot idea, 1) I wouldn't have to sew or work on anything, and 2) I do plan to get into handloading for the 12 guage someday...(already have the hulls/press) so the lead shot would come in handy.

    I didn't know the beans would break down over time, and I dont want to go through the trouble of buying them, and sewing the bags up with this in mind...The rice sounds better.

    SG, I just went in my bank, and said I wanted to buy 4 canvas coin bags, the teller came back with them and said no charge...I'm sure most banks will want to charge something, I feel like the teller didn't know what to charge, so it was eaiser that way.

  8. bompa

    bompa New Member

    May 25, 2001
    Western Mass.
    Use new,not used,kitty litter.. Just remember to put it in a plastic bag before the cloth bag.. Ground corn cob works also,maybe the
    used stuff fron the tumbler would work too.. Plastic bag would be necessary of coarse..
  9. wuzzagrunt

    wuzzagrunt New Member

    Apr 20, 2003
    Buck wheat hulls would be a good medium. I have a couple of those buckweat hull pillows and they are most excellent.

    I use play sand with heavy duty (3 mils or thicker) trash bags inside the cut off legs of old work pants. Sand is a little heavy if you have to trek to your shooting station but I back my van right up to the bench, so it works for me. Leave the plastic bags open in the sun (where no cats can get into it) for a couple of days as it typically contains some moisture.

    Check around at yard sales and such, for somebody getting rid of an old "bean bag" chair. There has been no demand for those things since the 70s, so you could pick one up for $1. One of those would provide you with enough material for many, many shooting rests.
  10. gpostal

    gpostal Former Guest

    Feb 20, 2003
    QUOTE:Use new,not used,kitty litter..

    good thing you pointed that out ,you got to look out for some of these guys ,but it would be one way to Guarantee to be on the range alone
  11. JohnnyRobotic

    JohnnyRobotic New Member

    I would put some used in there, it would help mold the rest around the barrell and keep it's form better :p
  12. Silencer

    Silencer Well-Known Member

    I did the Levi pant leg thing. Filled it with Hornady corn cobb media. It's makes for a great rest. I filled up a newspaper plastic bad up with the media, and just sewed around it with the pant leg. Simple.
  13. ysacres

    ysacres Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    Wazzu WA
    It sounds like most of us use whatever is available in our area, and the material always ends up in a plastic bag to contain it, then wraped in a fiber bag to prevent slippage of the firearm.
    The best one I have used is whole peas mixed with wheat that was spilled around the belt conveyer, put into a gallon zip-loc and wraped with a cloth flour bag.

    Cost $.05 for the zip-loc bag.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2004
  14. IShootBack

    IShootBack Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2002
    I used peagravel in mine. works fine, but a bit heavy.
  15. Grunt

    Grunt New Member

    Nov 25, 2001
    I use shot bags complete with shot at times but when I need a lighter wqeight bag I use canvas tubes filled with styrofoam beads...works for me.
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