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Rifle set up in benchrest and bags

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There isn't  a topic here yet, so I guess let's start with something interesting. 

What sort of Benchrest and Bag set up do you have

how do you "track" your bags

what do you look for when setting up on the  bench 

what is your bench layout 

Things that you consider to be important at the bench 

Share your thoughts and lets have some positive conversations that others will enjoy.


Cheers Les


This topic was modified 2 months ago by Les Fraser
Topic starter Posted : 12 May 2024 8:53 pm
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Hey Les,


best help keep this going and was part of a long discussion Glen Aarsen and myself had on the 10hr or so journey to Queensland over the weekend. 

I guess I went down the root of first forking out for a front rest that was up to standard (seb Max). I went the Seb max as it allows me to swap from 4” front heavy gun to 3” front light gun and then 2.25” rimfire. 

next was finding a rear bag that would fit all the rear ends on my rifles. I Couldn’t find one bag for all of them but settled on one combination for centerfires and one for the rim fire. I found that once I had the bag it still wasn’t rock solid and with the variations in the benches we shoot off having waviness or bumps I needed something to stabilise the rear bag better. Hence I now shoot off a dead bottom bag under the rear. I also needed the ears to be a certain height and the right amount of filling to secure the rear end and stop any unwanted wobble.
For the down hill (batemans Bay) I have an additional spacer so now I’m all set for all the ranges we visit. 

the rimfire bag sits on the spacer on top of the dead bottom and works fine for me.  

next issue I found was that with the back and forth of the recoil ( mainly the 284) I found that the rear bag had a tendency to move on the bench during the detail. I was given a hint from Chris a short range benchrest shooter at silverdale that uses a spray bottle of water and this reduces the slide factor. 

a lot of this was tested after reading Jackos profile interview on this website and watching others on you tube. Jacko talks about having the rifle tracking so well that it will recoil and return to perfect alignment with the fly or point of aim.  While I found that with the light gun stock I  could achieve this with minimal deviation from the aiming point. My rimfire with the sloped/tappered rear moved up and down. This was fine and the test was to have the cross hairs move perfectly up and down but when pushed back to the front stop the centre of the cross hairs always went back to point of aim (or bloody close to). Now contrary to the information I have read and watched about tracking and stocks having to be perfect I found that my heavy gun has been made not so perfect and the rear end and will track sideways instead of up and down but will still return to point of aim. So I’m still working on it and testing but have found that this is working for me lately.  Next test is to try a rudder system to correct the stock misalignment.

last hint I received from someone was at Wagga fly about having the front rest and rear rest as close to perfect as possible on the incline plane form the bench to the target. I was getting vertical consistently from the splash to the scoring target. Once I dialled the front feet of my rest to allow more of the rifle forend to ride the front bag consistently I found that there was a dramatic reduction in the vertical seen from splash to target.


i hope this helps someone skip a lot of the frustrations I was dealing with from shoot to shoot. I’m sure others have better setups and more hints/experience than me and could help people get to the competitive level. I’m still learning and testing things. I’ll try anything to see if it work for me and my setup to get consistent or reduce setup time or the amount of equipment we have to carry around.

Scores have sky rocketed in the last few years and competition is pushing us all to get better as well as the equipment advancements.


kaizen matt on the bench has been my latest addition and is worth every penny. Especially in the cold with those damn cold benches.

Sorry for bad Grammer, spelling and writing skills my strong point is maths not English.


Dave Z


Posted : 29 May 2024 7:15 pm
Active Member

@dave-z This is great info Dave, thanks for sharing. I was also given the tip about close alignment of the planes on the rests to the target and you are right, it does address the vertical “jump”.



Posted : 1 June 2024 7:55 am
Michael Bell
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@dave-z   Good on you Dave; Some great points here.

It's this sort of attention to detail that certainly helps scores to improve!

Posted : 2 June 2024 8:29 am