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Old December 12, 2000, 01:41 AM   #1
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Really, the title says it all. Has anybody tried these rests, and are they any good?

http://www.shootingrests.com/Shootin...ifle_rest.html
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Old December 12, 2000, 06:35 PM   #2
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Hi Guyon,
I bought one a year ago, only to replace it with a Sinclair rest. The Benchmark proved to be useless for use with AR style rifles because that monster knob on the base interferes with the mag extension and the rear of the rest is impossible to get a good hold of the buttstock because of the sling swivel in the buttstock.

The bag you see used on the front of the rest is cheap plastic and is glued on. It was pretty useless so I replaced it with a small owl ear bag from Protektor.

It is adequate for use with my conventional rifles. Still, there is no comparison to a good Sinclair or Hart rifle rest. Of course, the Sinclair and Hart rests are about 2.5 times the cost, too.

Honestly, I don't think the Benchmark is worth what it costs at all. Two or three Protektor sandbags would do you just as well.
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Old December 14, 2000, 02:52 PM   #3
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1) Benchrest competition shooters will use anything they can that will help them get better groups.

2) I've never seen one of these rests used at a registered benchrest match, even in the "unlimited" categories.

My recipe - a good solid front rest, such as the Hart or Sinclair, Protektor or Bald Eagle bags, stuffed with heavy sand, and lots of practice.



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Old December 15, 2000, 05:05 PM   #4
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Bogie raises some valid points. When I purchased the BenchMark its purpose was for use as a basic sighting in tool, not for any kind of competition.

After using it, I found my Protektor sand bags were a better choice for that compared to the BenchMark.

When I started going for precision off the bench I spent the cash for the Sinclair rest.

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Old December 15, 2000, 05:27 PM   #5
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Bogie, you're saying that all I really need for sighting in is a front rest. I just saw a nice Protektor front rest at Bass Pro Shops for about $18. Will that be all I really need?
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Old December 16, 2000, 05:19 AM   #6
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Guyon,
In addition to the front sand bag, get a rear rabbit ear or bunny ear bag too.
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Old December 18, 2000, 11:51 AM   #7
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If all you're going to be doing is sighting in rifles, get a few sandbags, and put one of 'em on top of an ammo can, and another under the butt of the gun. I like the el-cheapo Midway plastic dealy, but it won't hold benchrest accuracy. ALWAYS use a sandbag or your hand - never rest the rifle on a "hard" rest, or you'll get a lot of erratic behavior.

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