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Hello, I am setting up a new shooting range in my back yard. I am in the process of building a shooting bench using plans found on the net. I would like to find a shooting rest like the Caldwell or Hyskore brands but have read about difficulties accommodating a M4/AR type gun due to the pistol grip and 30 round magazine.

I saw one model specific for the AR frame, but although it might be best, I would like one that is more universal, i.e. could be used with more conventional rifles.

Any suggestions on a brand and model to buy? I know the normal Caldwell Lead Sled is on sale now at a lot of places because it is being closed out. The problem with that model is the pipe running through the center of the frame, making an AR sit at an angle. I know they make a double tube model that the magazine is supposed to bit between the tubes.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Lew
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I've seen some AR specific rests and they look decent, they should also work well with a standard bolt gun setup.
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The only AR specific model I saw was made by Caldwell but doesn't even appear on their site.  They have a new model called the Solo which I ordered yesterday from Cabela's where it is on sale.  The Solo has a curved base making room for a 30rd clip below and to accommodate lever action rifles as well.

It is a simpler model compared to the features on the higher end Caldwells and other brands but maybe it is good enough for my uses.

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Theres a Caldwell Front shooting rest on sale with mid.way right now for a great deal.  That in combination with a rear bag would be a decent set up as well.
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Hiya...as mentioned, I ordered the Caldwell Solo is mounted higher to accommodate the AR and lever action guns.  I was looking for a solution that was a front and back rest to help repeatability.  Thanks!
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I got a Lead Sled Plus and actually removed the back part of the rest. I like the front end with the weight on it, but my LTR wouldn't fit well on there and I'm just used to shooting off bipods and prefer to put my shoulder into the stock.
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After all of the discussion, I got my scope today, (without mount), my new shooting rest, and I finished install my shooting bench.  Other than the scope mount, all the pieces came together today.  Here is a post I am cross posting here:

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Recently I became re-enamored with all things that go bang. One of the things I got was my first AR style gun. The closest thing I had previously was a SKS (you can laugh) that I shot maybe 50 rounds through. Had it back when you could buy them for about $75.

Recently I bought a RRA LAR-15. 16" chromed 1:9 barrel, Dominator 2 rear sight, etc. Prior to today I have only shot 10 rounds in my front yard to make sure it function properly. Between then (a week ago) and today, I made some target stands, a shooting bench, picked up a shooting rest, and got some doodads for the gun. Thought I would show you my first futile attempt to shoot the carbine.

I set up the AR on the new Caldwell Lead Solo rifle rest. It arrived today, just in time to try out the new bench. I found some shooting bench plans online which I modified to make my bench. I expanded the size of the bench, routed the edges to make them smoother, and added an umbrella for my comfort

I had picked up a case of PMC .223 55gr ammo so I thought I would use it to learn the gun and break it in, if there is such a thing

I realized when I got out to the field I had forgotten to bring my targets so I drew some crude targets on the cardboard. I then went out to my new shooting bench, leveled it, and set up the shooting rest. Added the umbella, put a magazine in the gun, and was ready to go. BTW, I should also mention that I used a nylon strap to strap the rest to the bench instead of using a 25# weight. I probably needed to tighten the strap more as it didn't entirely do the job. I could actually bolt the rest to the bench if I so chose...will brainstorm that later.

Anyway, I pulled up into position and quickly realized that my eyes were not good enough to see the sight and the target or even the target, not focusing on the sight. The blade basically covered an area that looked like 6 or more inches on the target. Couldn't fathom how you ever get 1" MOA when the sighting mechanism is so crude.

My Bushnell 4200 3-9X40 arrived today, but my Burris scope mount hasn't even shipped. My gun came with the Dominator 2, already configured. I don't intend to use it as intended, for an EOTech, so I bought the Burris and scope to use instead of the Dominator with an EOTech. The Dominator comes with an A2 style rear sight which I was able to use with the front flip sight.

Once I get the scope mount, I will be doing some ammo testing. I already have and have on order about 15 different brands/grains to see what works best for my configuration. I will continue to buy and test other brands/grains as I like doing that sort of thing

Will be attending the Appleseed class soon so I hope my iron sight performance will improve

Lew

Check here for pictures:

Golden Pond Range
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nice set up.   congrats.  Gun looks good
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Thanks bud...not done building the gun, but it is what it is for now.  The pix were more about the bench and range, not the gun...
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