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    Does anyone have plans for a rifle rest that they can share or email me?
    Thx, Dave

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    I remember Home Shop Machinist or Projects in Metal magazine had a bench rest type rifle rest in an issue several years ago. Is that what you are looking for?
    Rick

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    I'm also interested in these plans if anyone has them.

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    I was looking for a 1 piece rest, but I would be interested in a 2 piece if someone has plans for either. I don't have that magazine, or know where to get one. If someone would like to sell one, I'd be interested.
    Thx, Dave

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    If you're trying to make a lead sled this wont apply. But for the plain front rest its really hard to beat an old car scissor jack you can get for a couple bucks at a scrap yard. Weld whatever accoutrements you need onto that.

    Puts my caldwell to shame in adjustment, range and cost.

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    I was looking for a 1 piece rest, ...

    A block of wood? I don't understand what you mean by "1 piece." Or "2 piece" for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGaskill View Post
    I was looking for a 1 piece rest, ...

    A block of wood? I don't understand what you mean by "1 piece." Or "2 piece" for that matter.
    He probably means an assembly that cradles the rifle fore end and stock, instead of a front rest to be used in conjunction with a rear bag.

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    As mentioned there was an excellent article in HSM magazine years ago about
    constructing this specific item. Unfortunately I don't keep old issues, but my
    guess is you can probably get a previous article index from the publisher and
    buy that old issue from them.

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    This is a subject I've been interested in for a while. I'm cheap and have enough time to do projects like this so I searched out the copy of HSM and it does give a pretty good description of what to do.....I didn't even have to pay for it. If you go to Google Books and search for J. Randolph Bulgin it'll be the first thing that comes up.

    Or I can just give you the link.... Randolph's Shop - J. Randolph Bulgin - Google Books If you're creative you can use a program to extract the ebook (Google Books Downloader, Google Book Downloader - Home) and then if you're really creative you can then split that ebook (PDFSplit! - Split PDF files online for free.) into just the pages you want.

    I would post just the 5 or so pages but since the book was recently re-published in 2006 it probably wouldn't go over all that well. I'd hate go get a copyright infringement rep on my first post!

    Best of luck on your project.....I know I'm looking forward to starting mine. That's, of course, once I get to it on my laundry list of existing projects!!

    Best wishes, BP

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    Rick,

    I have been trying to send you a PM about the S.B. vise, but your mail box is full. If you see this post, please email me at [email protected], so we can finalize the details on the vise.

    Thank you,

    Eric

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    I have several nice store bought rests but I mostly use this one I cobbled together to hold sand bags for my backyard range. Sure don’t need to worry about leaving it out over winter. Earl



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    im looking at building a nice front rest. plans or pictures would be nice, if anyone has pics of the inside of the joystick type rests that would be cool also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Commarato View Post
    Rick,

    I have been trying to send you a PM about the S.B. vise, but your mail box is full. If you see this post, please email me at [email protected], so we can finalize the details on the vise.

    Thank you,

    Eric
    Eric,
    Hopefully I have rectified that!
    Rick

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    The plan was in Machinist Workshop Dec 2011/Jan 2011 Vol 23 Number 6, titled "a Scrap Box Rifle Rest". I kept the magazine because I always thought I would make one.

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    this is the only coaxial shooting rest pic I could find of the inner workings, but it does show how they use dowel pins and bearing for movement. rest.jpg

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    bump. anyone have something ?

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    I thought about posting this a while back. I don't know what the rules are for posting potential copyrighted yet public data. If I'm asked to remove it I will so get it while you can!

    Rest plans:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-T...it?usp=sharing

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    We aren't hosting the file so I think we are safe. However, if the copyright owner asks us to remove the link, I will, so make your own copy now if you are interested.

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    I have one that was made by a machinist. No casting, no welding. If you want, I can dig it out and get pics and measurements. It's stable. I fired a 6" group at 1,000 yards off of it a long time ago. It may be a few days before I can get to it. I started on-call duty today and it goes for a week.

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    I took an old steel table that was behind the shop in the weeds,,,, notched it into a classic L style shoot bench, welded a couple pieces of threaded rod vertical on top of it, drilled a piece of 2 x 4 pine to go between the rods, resting between nuts. It works great for rifles with long magazines out the bottom.


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