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benchrest sandbags

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Old Cowboy, Mar 18, 2010.

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  1. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    I purchased some of those leather sandbags for use on a benchrest, fore-end rest bag, rabbit-ear bag, etc.......sand not included. What,d'ya fill 'em with? Do you just find some good clean dry sand? Any hints apprechiated

    John C. Saubak
     
  2. WoodsonEnt

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    John,

    Any sand will work. I use some that is grainy. It was free, and can't even remember who gave it to me. Sinclair sells sand, but it isn't cheap and costs $$$ to ship. One of the hardest things I have come across, is getting sand in the bag and not spilling it everywhere. I cut the primer end off a 30-06 case, and use that as my funnel.
     
  3. Paladin

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    If you are serious about stability, the first choice is Heavy Sand. Second choice is foundry sand. Third choice is any common sand. Fill using the same way as WoodsonEnt, but form a cone on the casing using cereal box cardboard or something similar, and tape it to the casing.
     
  4. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Go to a shop that sells fish, what you want is aquarium sand.
     
  5. Butler

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    I think that there is something fishy going on here
     
  6. tom-n8ies

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    I bought one of those without sand and just happened my benchrest shooting buddy happed to own a body shop so we went to the back room to get some sand from his sand blaster and commenced to try to pour it into the tiny opening, that sucked so I said why not blast it in with the sand blaster? It worked perfectly and he said he wished he would have thought of that when he filled his.

    tom
     
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    Don't waste your money on high priced sand......fish tank sand is the most user friendly.....heavy sand is just another way to get into your wallet
     
  8. Strait Shooter

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    Spent primers will do the job.
     
  9. hdskip

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    I have used #9 shot in my benchrest bags. I'm very happy with the results.
    Gary
     
  10. Robb

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    Seed wheat works well. No dust.
     
  11. cubancigar2000

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    I use shot bags filled with spent primers. I also use beans when I run out of primers, they both work well
     
  12. stokinpls

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    If you're good with a sewing machine, here is a cheap source for the bags. Decent quality, decent price.

    Bag of play sand from Lowe's, as long as it is dry to begin with.
     
  13. mark54

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    I use small plastic pellets that are used in molding machines. They don't attract moisture & aren't verry heavy.

    Mark54 in Lititz
     
  14. AveragEd

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    I use rice. It's a LOT lighter and takes the shape of the gun like sand.
    Ed
     
  15. GrubbyJack

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    Walnuts: after they have done there job in the case cleaner, light, forms well and free... GRUBBY
     
  16. Unknown1

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    coarse blasting sand or rice

    MK
     
  17. Gun Dog

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    I knew I would find a use for all those spent primers! Just didn't know what till I read this thread. Thanks CubanCigar Guy.
     
  18. Old Cowboy

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    Thank's for all the ideas guys.

    John C. Saubak
     
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    Dog.....your gonna enjoy trying to get those primers into a
    <em>"Leather Bench Rest"</em> bag.....besides they do not do very well at dampening vibration.
     
  20. patrick smith

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    Damn i guess i always have to things the hard way i took a shotbag and a scoop
    and climbed,slid,fell to the lower banks of soldier creek to get my sand then
    i had to climb back up that when the fun really began lol
     
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