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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:21 pm 
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I have a magnum springer and accuracy can be a challenge. The artillery hold works best but small inconsistencies in the front hold - even perspiration - can make a big difference in accuracy.
I came up with an idea that has proven to be more consistent and that's the key to accuracy with these guns. I stretched a bike inner tube tightly over this front rifle stand which supports the gun but does not restrict it from vibrating.

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It holds the front stock more consistently than my hand could and after resetting the scope my scores have improved a lot.
Besides if it fails to work I carry some ball bearings in my pocket so I can use it as a sling shot. :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:09 pm 
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Interesting idea :drinkers:
Let us know how it works out for you!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:52 pm 
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lol - what size ball bearings do you use in it?

Just kidding - Is something like that allowed in FT?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:39 pm 
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Daryl wrote:
Is something like that allowed in FT?

Nice one Aged, good question Daryl.
The rules I have say the resting surface cannot be more than 2 x 3 in, I assume those are maximum in each direction rather than 6 sq in total, in whatever configuration you like.
Here are my current experiments: From left, "mini sandbag on a stick", a bouncy bit of tubing along the lines of Aged's idea, and the original V that I unscrewed off the monopod as it is far too hard for a springer to rest on. I did try bits of tubing, sliced down the length and put on either side of the V but they kept falling off (and I couldn't find any tubing that would fit without slitting).
I took care to measure the sandbag when I made it to make sure it is within the 2 x 3 in limit so it should be fine and Aged's inner tube on a stick within those dimensions should also be okay, I would have thought anyway. The other end of your stick/pod on the ground just needs to be 3/4 in to 1 1/2 in diameter.
My sandbag works pretty well just in front of the trigger guard but I am keen to try it placed further out by the barrel as shown in the vids Daryl posted a day or two ago (when he was Dale... :wink: ).


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:28 am 
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Hey Sillymike, I tested by trying to take my abilities out of the results somewhat. First I used the artillery hold with my elbows on a bench. The best I could do was 1/2" groups at 12.5 yards. I'm using a Diana 460 Magnum btw. Then the same but with the front rest (pictured above) and the groups were one hole, about a 1/4" ctc. Yeah I am very happy with that and the big bruiser won't just be a dust collector anymore.

"The rules I have say the resting surface cannot be more than 2 x 3 in."
I also planned on using it for FT so thanks Dtank for those rules on gun rests. I'm sure I could make one out of a 2x4 that would meet those requirements.
It all depends on what they mean by "resting surface" since the stock is no more than 2" wide the area it is actually resting on won't be any larger than say 2x2"s even on my prototype.
It would also make a good knee riser and with a pole attached a good monopod.

Hi Daryl, I've been thinking of returning to Hawaii ever since I saw your pictures. Thanks, I think. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:36 pm 
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I saw a guy who had made a rest with a small paint roller. It's fuzzy so it won't grab the surface or scratch the finish and it obviously rolls back and fort so it's pretty much free to move in wich ever direction it has to move.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:16 am 
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Neat idea, thanks for sharing!

I have a particularly rough, untuned, utterly violent 350mag that I tried all sorts of things with before deciding it would have to spend some time at the back of the safe!

The roller didn't work out for me but I may try your rubber suspension rest. I always wanted to suspend it from rubber tubes and film the twisting and recoiling at high framerate.


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