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Old May 14, 2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Filling Shooting Rest Bags w/Sand

I bought two Protektor bags from Midway. I should've paid the extra $$$ for pre-filled ones. The neck on these is so skinny that I am finding it impossible to fill with playground sand from Home Depot. Has anyone else had this problem, and how did you fix it? Thanks.
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Old May 14, 2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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You need a very small funnel. on that will fit into the small tube on the bags. hope this helps
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Old May 14, 2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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Thanks. I have a small funnel, but I think the neck is not long enough. It doesn't reach into the open part of the bag. That is probably a big part of the problem.
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Old May 14, 2010, 08:31 PM   #4
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try something different than sand - like buckwheat, old 209 primers, any type of dry beans - all are lighter, won't hold moisture, and will give you a steady rest
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Old May 14, 2010, 09:55 PM   #5
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Beans are a good idea if they're small enough. I used rice when I filled mine ~20 years ago. I've heard that rice keeps indefinitely; it would be interesting to cook it up and see how true that is!

Maybe you could put something in the neck to keep it open.
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Old May 14, 2010, 10:01 PM   #6
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And, if you miss all the shots you can have beans and rice at least!!
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Old May 14, 2010, 10:54 PM   #7
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lunker, 5/15/10

Hard to fill shooting bags? Been there, done that. I made some long necked tubes and was able to insert them deep enough to pour in my Home Depot sand. One tube was a plastic syringe with the far end sawed off. Worked pretty good. Another was a aluminum body-tube for a pneumatic speer gun which I sawed off- also worked well. If you look around your garage you can probably find something that will work. It would be simpler though if the manufacturer made the fill-tube a bit bigger.

best wishes- oldandslow
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Old May 15, 2010, 08:41 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. All good suggestions. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old May 15, 2010, 09:01 PM   #9
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We had saved up all the old "chilled shot" bags from all the shotsehll loading we did in the past. Mom is a sewer extrordinairre, and we filled a whole batch of those bags with soybeans. Not nearly so heavy and cumbersome as sand filled. Our old wives tail on storage of beans was if there was wheat or any other small grain within 20 miles, bugs/weevils would get it before soys. I was always of he opinion rice was a small grain and very susceptible to weevil infestation.

Just my two pesos
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Old May 16, 2010, 01:01 PM   #10
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Stick a straw into the bag and the funnel into the straw.

Mix some baby powder or foot powder into the sand, it will flow much better.

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