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Old 03-15-2019, 11:05 PM   #1
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I have a bit of a problem zeroing new sights. This is because I have a bad back and really cannot hold a prone position very long. This has led to all sorts of sandbags, and stands and shooting off the back of a pickup truck to zero. These methods are really unacceptable so I am thinking of buying a bipod and then shooting of the back of a truck, etc. Will it help stabilize things?

I am thinking: https://www.opticsplanet.com/leapers...mod-bipod.html

I know, its Chinese and will not be the best but all I want it for is zeroing. It is on sale for $39.00.

Give me your honest opinion. Would this be a better solution for me?
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Get ya a inexpensive folding chair and table, OP.

The last time I zeroed from the prone position was when I was in the Army.
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As far as bipods go, buy a Harris; excellent bang for your buck and it will make you throw rocks at Leapers products. If money is no object, buy an Atlas.
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Give me your honest opinion. Would this be a better solution for me?
I think the best way to zero a rifle is on a rifle stand, with a laser bore sight in the barrel, to just get the optic on target.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...sight&_sacat=0
Then you can adjust from there, but I prefer to be sitting or standing personally. I don't shoot prone unless it's a competition.
Of course this means you need to shoot somewhere where they have seating stations, or buy one like Nails mentioned.
Not a flimsy wobbling POS either, something very stable.

You want to have the rifle set on something that doesn't require you to do anything, because fidgeting,
breathing, body moving CAN throws your shots off if you're not trained to keep it in check. .

We use these in our club to sighting in.

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Old 03-16-2019, 01:13 PM   #5
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I use this little rubber rest under thefront of an AR and a sandbag under the pistol grip the thing cost less then $20 at wallmart and for me that set up is easily stable enough for zeroing/accuracy testing
https://www.google.com/search?q=nest...cUEPltPITy_jMM
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Old 03-16-2019, 02:01 PM   #6
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agree with nails op, get yourself a plastic folding table from costco or wal j. not too heavy to haul around and you can beat it up without feeling guilty. i use my ladies table at home, she doesn't even get mad at me.
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http://hyskore.com/products/30088-dlx-precision-rest/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d9SXDo0Y6I
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OK, thanks guys. A couple questions.

Nalioth, I found a folding chair and bench. With three pillows it is the right height. Question, using pillows, will recoil become a factor because after firing from a stack of three pillows the rifle will bounce everywhere. I don't know if this is a factor or not.

Trvrswsr1234, the Nest Rest looks great and according to the internet it is available at my local Walmart where I buy ammo. But it looks a bit low to shoot from the bench I found described above----and that is my real problem---nothing is the right height. So the side rails of the pickup require me to sit inside the bed, the tailgate is too low and requires me to stoop behind it. Both result in wobbly aim. I would do the Nest Rest in a heart beat but evidently will still have to find something, a block or something, to put it on. Any tips from your experience which might help would be appreciated.

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Nalioth, I found a folding chair and bench. With three pillows it is the right height. Question, using pillows, will recoil become a factor because after firing from a stack of three pillows the rifle will bounce everywhere. I don't know if this is a factor or not.
The bullet's gonna be out of the barrel before any "bouncin'" occurs.

Assuming you settle down and let the motion subside before pulling off the next shot, you shouldn't have any issues.
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OK, thanks guys. A couple questions.

Nalioth, I found a folding chair and bench. With three pillows it is the right height. Question, using pillows, will recoil become a factor because after firing from a stack of three pillows the rifle will bounce everywhere. I don't know if this is a factor or not.

Trvrswsr1234, the Nest Rest looks great and according to the internet it is available at my local Walmart where I buy ammo. But it looks a bit low to shoot from the bench I found described above----and that is my real problem---nothing is the right height. So the side rails of the pickup require me to sit inside the bed, the tailgate is too low and requires me to stoop behind it. Both result in wobbly aim. I would do the Nest Rest in a heart beat but evidently will still have to find something, a block or something, to put it on. Any tips from your experience which might help would be appreciated.

Thanks to you all.
When you put the smaller peice on top the main belly of the "U" shape where an ARs handguard will rest is about 7 1/4" off of the table
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When you put the smaller peice on top the main belly of the "U" shape where an ARs handguard will rest is about 7 1/4" off of the table
That may be enough. Also, I found a 4x4 and have access to a few more so attaching them together on top of the table and some trial and error should give me the correct height.
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That may be enough. Also, I found a 4x4 and have access to a few more so attaching them together on top of the table and some trial and error should give me the correct height.
If the rest isn't right you could always put it or one peice of it on the 4x4
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If you really feel the need to get your ass dirty, try this. does a pretty good job

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If the rest isn't right you could always put it or one peice of it on the 4x4
Yes, I already rounded up one 4x4 but I want two, side by side for stability.
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Incredibly, I just found this video by Rob Ski about making a Shooting Sock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Ci6kZORFU

Two of these, one front, one back, might do everything the Nest Rest would do. Also, it could be made with dry beans or some kind of seeds if you keep it out of the elements.
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