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Thread: New to using a 'F-CLASS BR' at 50 yards...

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    .303 Guy

    Consider a liner for that nice old rifle.
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    If I went for a liner I would want it to be target quality which will cost me but is what I would like to do. It would restore the gun to it's full value I should think. But for me the value is that it was my Dad's rifle and the one I grew up with. It would of course be nice to pass it on to my son in pristine condition. Something to think about.
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    I haven't been around in a while because I'm working on a sturdy shooting bench...just to rule out all the little 'wiggly things' like the picnic table that are keeping me from getting a one-hole group!
    Lotz of rain coming through in NorCal this time of year so I have to try to dodge that to work outside...
    Seems like I must'a forgot something on this bench?



    I'll figure it out and get'er done hopefully in a few days.
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    Am I seeing that it is a left handed bench?
    I would suggest you "trianglulate" a brace from that rear leg to the lower horizontal member.
    beltfed/arnie

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    Of course it's a left handed bench. OS is always on the off side of his rifle.

    OS OK---- It certainly looks solid enough. That is a good thing.

    I am pretty certain you will need a flat piece of heavy plywood on top of this framework for the other rest system. It doesn't have the kind of triangular bottom setup that the front rest in the current picture does. Without the plywood top, making small adjustments to your sideways position would be difficult at best. Probably will need to be wider in the back to have space for ammunition as well.
    It would also be altogether too easy to accidentally push the rest off the top of the bench the way it is now.
    I like the way you left room underneath for your legs so they won't run afoul of the framework.

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    I thought I had posted on this build in this thread...maybe it was the other one about the Peep & Globe....hmmm, I guess I ought'a catch'Yas up some.

    It's designed for 3 layers of 3/4" plywood all glued & screwed together so that'll be a 2.25" thick top & plenty heavy...it'll look like this...



    The rifle should have plenty of room on top with ammo and anything else I need...



    I usually draw things like this up on the shop floor to make dang sure things work as planned.
    Under the top, in front inside both legs and in the rear, in front of the rear leg I have metal 90º braces screwed in with 6 ea. 1.5" screws, that took all the wiggle out of it...she's solid as a rock.



    Every mortise and tenon is glued & pinned with a 3/8" dowel...





    I have some welding to do next in making the leveling legs...not sure exactly how I'll handle that but that's next along with the top and a good sealing & paint job.
    Last edited by OS OK; 03-21-2021 at 12:03 AM.
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    That should do it.

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    Nice...hope you have a tractor to move it once it is done...LOL
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    While that is a nice bench. You are still going to be at a disadvantage compared to a competition bench rest that is cast concrete set deep into a concrete slab with a concrete deck. Probably ok for .22 LR.

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    My range benches and seats are one piece and sits on a wooden floor so when another shooter moves the set up shakes. I'm sure I could blame some of my poor shots on that. I try to time my shots and mostly it's fine.
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    Made more progress today...

    Took off early this morning to run around the mountain and pick up a sheet of 3/4" ply.
    Got it cut and laminated...can't do anything with it for 24 hours just yet...



    Built a set of leveling feet...they still need 3" square pads welded on to them but I ran out of steam today...



    They will bolt on to each leg something like this, holes in the bar are 1.5" apart...



    Three more days of sunshine and warm weather ahead, with the Good Lord willing & the creek don't rise...I just may get'er done!
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    You are certainly making a lot of progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazman View Post
    You are certainly making a lot of progress.
    "I want to go shootin!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by OS OK View Post
    "I want to go shootin!"
    I hear that and sympathize.
    Today I had a warm and sunny 65 degree day with a 25 mph gusty wind.
    Forecast calls for rain, wind, and cooler weather for the next 9 days.
    I may not get to shoot the 22 rifle for a while yet.

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    "Were still gettin there...just ain't got there yet!"

    Finally all the cutting, fitting. gluing, welding & screwing is done...next is the paint phase...gotta seal this bugger up so she'll last.
    Here's my custom 'Redneck Leveling Legs', is there any wonder that I can't find a single spot on this ridge to check my oil in the truck?



    She's heavy & stable & I'm tickled.

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    Looking good!
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    That would be perfect for me as I am a lefty also. I have built several benches before but yours is much sturdier/ heavier and you really have something that will last.

    Jedman

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    NICE!!!

    One small suggestion. Think about adding a bit of a "lip" around the edge so stuff does not roll off. I am going to try weather striping on mine. They sell the flexible stuff with adhesive backing. Easy enough to remove without damaging anything if I do not like it. My commercial bench has a groove molded into the top but it is not 100% effective.

    I see one other "problem". You will soon run out of excuses...LOL

    Again, nice build
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    Thanks for the kind words fellas . . . I enjoy little projects like this where you think about it for a week or two and then see if you can actually build what you dreamed up in your head...so far so good.

    Jedman . . . Us 'lefties' have to make do in a 'Right Handed World'...you don't see a right side to this bench...I don't give them 'righties' any advantages here on the home range, "let them suffer for a change, I say!"

    dverna . . . I came close to adding an inch wide x 1/4" deep routed slot all the way around but since this sits in a spot that the summer sprinklers hit every other day, I declined...don't want any standing water on the plywood or it'll eventually de-laminate itself. A boarder would cause standing water also. Currently I'm looking for a BBQ cover that I can sew some lead fishing weights into to keep it covered, that should help some?
    It is windy on this ridge at times & I wonder really, how effective would a cloth cover be?

    I'm going to give her the best oil based paint job I can manage & hope that'll make her last longer . . .
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    That is very nice. You could always put sand bags behind each leg for guns with more kick. Make yourself a comfy stool the right height and you are set. Three leg stool is good on uneven ground.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check