shooting rest

Benchrest shooting is a shooting sport in which very accurate and precise rifles are shot at paper targets. The rifles ride on a front and rear rest, the rests may or may not be joined, depending on the rules of a particular competition. The rests sit on a table or bench, hence the name "benchrest." The shooter simply sits at the bench, in distinction to other shooting disciplines, where the shooter holds and aims the rifle without the benefit of a rest. The post-Civil War era "double rest" rifles were one early form of "benchrest" rifles.
Benchrest shooters are notoriously detail-oriented and constantly trying to further the accuracy potential of the rifle through experimentation. Nearly all benchrest rifles are custom made, and many shooters do their own gunsmithing. Nearly all shooters in centerfire competition handload their ammunition in order to tune it to their rifle. In contrast, handloading ammunition is strictly prohibited by the rules for rimfire benchrest competitions.
World Benchrest Shooting Federation and World Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Federation are the two international governing bodies for benchrest shooting.

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  1. G8rHunter

    What Shooting Stabilizer Has Been Most Effective For You?

    I am considering a shooting rest and wondering what is worth the money and what is junk? I have seen shooter's using sand bags, short bipods, as well as fairly expensive shooting rests. I have seen a few shooting rests online for around $60, but not sure about the quality. I am retired, so I...
  2. Lazyfaire

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    Bought this Caldwell Precision Turret Shooting Rest on line a couple of weeks ago. I've had a sled but this is only 9 lbs and much smaller. It's designed that the squeeze holds your friend tight and your rifle level.
  3. LuckySG

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  7. lambene

    Who wants to partner on a Lead Sled? (Vancouver)

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