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Old September 2, 2021, 11:27 AM   #1
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Scrape / burn on elbow from bench shooting

I am getting a bad scrape on the right elbow (right handed) from bench shooting, what do you recommend?

Using a pillow is an obvious solution but I was wondering if there is an elbow pad or something similar for that purpose.
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Old September 2, 2021, 12:33 PM   #2
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Long sleeve shirt. Small scrap of carpet etc. to lay down. The benches are concrete at the range where I shoot and this can be an issue for me too.
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Old September 2, 2021, 02:31 PM   #3
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Harbor Freight sells an inexpensive set of thin knee pads that have adjustable straps and should fit an elbow.

https://www.harborfreight.com/safety...ads-46697.html

You get a pair so there's a spare available.
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Old September 2, 2021, 02:40 PM   #4
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After I experienced the same elbow scrapes from our shooting benches, I bought a elbow rest pad, I believe from Brownell's, that I have been using for about 6 years.

It has a mesh bottom to keep it from slipping around on the bench and a padded semi-circular edge that helps you get your elbow in the same position each time.
The part that the elbow rests in is lightly padded.

I swear by it.
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Old September 2, 2021, 03:45 PM   #5
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Use this or something like it. It doesn't have to be filled with sand, I filled mine with poly pellets.
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Old September 2, 2021, 03:49 PM   #6
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Simple sheet of white printer paper under the elbow.
(Ask me how I know this...)
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Old September 2, 2021, 04:49 PM   #7
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Here is the elbow rest I bought. - made by edgewood
https://www.brownells.com/shooting-a...prod36751.aspx
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Old September 2, 2021, 05:09 PM   #8
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I use a folded clean shop rag. Pretty Mickey Mouse but it works for me.
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Old September 2, 2021, 07:14 PM   #9
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Walmart usually has those cheap foam knee pads generally by the tool section. They used to be around 5 bucks a pair, no doubt they’re more now. You can use one for an elbow pad, and use the other one for an “in a pinch” recoil pad. Handy and cheap. Probably like the ones ballardw mentioned earlier from H. Freight.
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Old September 3, 2021, 12:53 AM   #10
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cheapest is a piece of paper (a target perhaps) or a bit of scrap cardboard. Also a long sleeve shirt is a help. but even without it, your elbow won't slide (much) on the cardboard, the cardboard will slide on the benchtop.

A doubled up shirt will also serve well enough, or at least it does for me.

Or, you could shoot with your elbow off the bench....
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Old September 3, 2021, 04:50 AM   #11
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my range has concrete bench use a real estate sign that we use for targets ,no more rash
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Old September 3, 2021, 10:04 AM   #12
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Walmart usually has those cheap foam knee pads generally by the tool section. They used to be around 5 bucks a pair, no doubt they’re more now. You can use one for an elbow pad, and use the other one for an “in a pinch” recoil pad. Handy and cheap. Probably like the ones ballardw mentioned earlier from H. Freight.
The Walmart, and most sports intended, elbow pads use elastic in the fabric to keep them in position on the arm. The fabric can bunch inside the elbow as the elastic gets weak. The pads are typically more than twice as thick as the knee-pads I linked to which use a Velcro strap, which is adjustable, and may last longer than the elastic in the sports elbow pads.

I use both and the life span on the sport-type elbow pad is about 2 years for me before the elastic wears out. So far I've managed to lose the knee pads before the Velcro has worn out. I don't use either for shooting but for sports activities so the more violent movements may wear the elastic faster than bench shooting would.
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Paper, cardboard, target board and light foam pads all work great - until a gust of wind blows them off the bench and you have to wait until the range is cold to chase them down. After watching my foam pad skitter across a hot range, I bought the pad linked in post #5. Whatever method you use, make sure it stays put on a breezy day.
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Old September 3, 2021, 11:57 AM   #14
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Elbow protection on shooting bench

I use a computer mouse pad that has a non slip back side.
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Old September 3, 2021, 12:04 PM   #15
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Years ago I bought a dozen baby blankets at a garage sale to cut up for shop rags. Cost almost nothing. I keep one in my range bag for just that purpose and, if needed, something I can lay parts on if doing simple field repairs.
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Old September 3, 2021, 01:28 PM   #16
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The rifle range I went to when I purchased my 7Mag, had very rough concrete benches.
After 1 shot, I was looking for a fix. I happened to have a mule skin, leather, work glove in my ammo box. I wore it when shooting SBH .44Mag.

Worked great, never have used anything else.
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Old September 4, 2021, 07:15 AM   #17
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I use a bath towel.
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Old September 4, 2021, 09:55 AM   #18
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Buy your self a few of these cheap moving blankets & keep them in your vehicles, they are great for throwing on the ground for changing a tire, shooting prone, putting on a concrete shooting bench to protect your guns & elbows.

https://www.harborfreight.com/40-in-...ket-63959.html
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Old September 6, 2021, 11:22 AM   #19
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Don't recall where I got it but I have piece of hard foam rubber that is about 12" long X 6" wide X 3/4" thick with a handle cutout on one end. Works very well. Kind of looks like what is used for exercise mats.
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Old September 6, 2021, 03:43 PM   #20
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When I was shooting my 300 Weatherby, I used a cut off sock on my elbow as a protective sleeve. Worked great.
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Old September 6, 2021, 04:36 PM   #21
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I use a foam garden kneeling pad.
Cheap, has a handle cut out hole, and soft.
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Old September 6, 2021, 05:00 PM   #22
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I have a cloth I put on the bench, covers about 2/3 of it.

Kind of like the fender guards you could buy for working on cars.

Things don't roll around, I pull my bolts and clean the guns warm at the bench (I hate cleaning at home). Nice clean place to put the bolt.

Pull 5 rounds out of my box and lay it just behind the front bag and they do not roll around.
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