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#1071246 - 12/07/08 06:39 PM Portable shooting benches?
Arse
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Registered: 08/19/08
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Loc: East (of) TN

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Are these any good? I have never seen one in person, just in Cabelas, etc.

They look a bit rickety to me, and I don't want to spend $150-$200 on something that that would be utterly useless for anything else.

Your experiences, please.

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#1074183 - 12/09/08 10:40 AM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: Arse]
SALECREEKHUNTER
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Registered: 08/19/08
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Loc: Sale Creek (backwoods), TN

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They come in handy when sighting in a rifle. a lot better than the hood of a truck \:D
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#1075098 - 12/09/08 07:10 PM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
BlackBelt
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Registered: 08/09/08
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I bought one from Sportsmans Guide for something like $79. It works very well and is steady as a rock. I can carry it on the back of my ATV to parts way out in the woods so my target shooting doesn't disturb anyone. It folds down to about the size of my climbing stand.
One thing I had to do to it was add a wooden extension for my gun rest. I needed an extra 4" of arm running down one side so that I could sight-in my scoped rifles in a natural shooting postition. Only took about 10 minutes to customize it this way. In fact, this past weekend I was using the table to put a sound system mixer on for Pearl Harbor Day memorial service, and a guy came up and said, "Hey, that's a shooting table that you put an arm on for the gunrest to sit on."
He also thought it was a great idea.
Check Sportsmans Guide. They have a large selection in every price range.

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#1075174 - 12/09/08 08:15 PM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: BlackBelt]
Hogbear
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Registered: 07/21/05
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Loc: Cuba (near Memphis)

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I have a San Angelo folding bench and it works great. Very steady when set up and it fits behind the seat of my pickup when folded. Midway USA sells them for $99 normally but they go on sale pretty often for $79. I got mine at Sportsman's Warehouse in Memphis for $79.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=739045

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#1076087 - 12/10/08 10:06 AM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: Hogbear]
Arse
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Registered: 08/19/08
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Loc: East (of) TN

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Thanks for the advice, guys.

That San Angelo model seems to get lots of great reviews.

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#1076167 - 12/10/08 10:43 AM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: Arse]
FULLDRAWXX75
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Registered: 01/29/07
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Loc: Adirondack Mtns, NY

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Don't laugh..............but I picked up an old ironing board at a garage sale for $1.00. It works really well with a stool.

It is really sturdy and works well in a pinch.

FDXX75
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#1089149 - 12/17/08 12:22 PM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
JimFromTN
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Registered: 07/14/08
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Loc: Nashville, TN

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If you have any lumber laying around, you can make your own. Just add these legs.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91041

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#1089209 - 12/17/08 12:53 PM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: JimFromTN]
Seminole39
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Registered: 03/31/08
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Don't laugh at me either but I got an old classroom desk for free, the kind with the table attached to the chair, and bolted my gun vise to it. Works like a charm but not real portable though.
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#1089218 - 12/17/08 12:58 PM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: Seminole39]
JimFromTN
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Here are some plans using the legs mentioned above.

http://www.californiavarmintcallers.com/shotbnch.htm

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#1097770 - 12/23/08 08:43 AM Re: Portable shooting benches? [Re: JimFromTN]
ChippewaPartners
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Registered: 08/25/01
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Loc: Pamelot, my farm near Catoosa

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Caldwell Shooting Supplies’ Stable Table is a good, solid, simple shooting bench that anyone can assemble (I did it in 15 minutes, and was not hauled away foaming at the mouth.) for $320. It is not so infinitely adaptable as the RCBS Rapid Acquisition Shooting System bench, but it is cheaper, lighter, and breaks down smaller for transportation.
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