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Posted 21 April 2016 - 08:05 PM
One of my favorite places to shoot has a pasture on the right and a nut orchard on the left. the area between them is about 30 yards wide and 200 yards long. Its got a nice berm at the end for a backstop. Most of the ground squirrels live in the pasture but eat in the orchard. It has them running back and forth all day. I don't need much swivel but I do need some elevation changes. I made this one for this field! DR
Posted 04 August 2016 - 10:53 AM
Posted 04 August 2016 - 05:15 PM
Are there any issues regarding shooting from an ATV when you shoot from this table? Legal issues that is. I have seen that many states regulate shooting from ATV's.
Thanks, Just asking a question as I like your setup. And, I might consider doing something like it.
Posted 04 August 2016 - 05:53 PM
That is a very good question. I use mine to shoot prairie dogs on private property in New Mexico, and I'm usually out in the middle of no-where.
I'm not sitting on the ATV when I shoot, I just use it to rest the rifle. I never shoot from public roads and the ATV is always off.
In my case, I don't think anyone would really care. But I will be checking with NM Game & Fish to be on the safe side.
Posted 05 August 2016 - 12:02 PM
I just called New Mexico Game & Fish and spoke with a representative. I was told what I'm doing is ok. In fact, I could sit on the ATV and shoot from it.
As long as I'm not shooting from or across a road, I'm ok.
I recommend checking in the state you hunt to be sure.
Edited by Rudy, 05 August 2016 - 12:03 PM.
Posted 05 August 2016 - 12:32 PM
I attached mine to the rail on my ATV. The rail is a bit flimsy so I remove the table while I'm transporting the ATV down the freeway. I'd hate for the wind to rip it off!
Here are a couple of pictures of the blocks of wood I made. I cut the blocks on my table saw, drilled holes with my drill press so they were close to the edge, then opened them up with my jig saw. I added a steel plate for safety, but I think the ATV rail will rip off before these will break.
It's hard to tell from the picture, but I also positioned the plywood so one side hangs out farther to the side.
Maybe you'll come up with a better way to attach the table.
Posted 05 August 2016 - 12:44 PM
I also rounded off the table edges with my router so it's comfortable to lean against.
The stool came from WalMart, though I did most of my shooting by standing and leaning over the table because it is easier to move around when shooting in various directions.
I finished it off with some exterior latex paint to keep the plywood from falling apart when it gets wet.
If you build one, post a picture so we can get some new ideas.
Posted 29 August 2016 - 01:39 PM
I use the Muddy Xtreme shooting bench. I picked it up just before a PD hunt because it was on sale and cheap and i really needed one. Cabelas $130 sale price.
It worked out really well for me. i was able to pivot and scan the fields with the binoculars while my rifle rested on the Caldwell AR bags. i didn't use the rifle rest that came with the bench.
North of Clayton, NM on private land
Sorry for the bad picture, i was zooming in to take a screen shot of a picture that included the old house i was shooting next to
Posted 22 October 2016 - 08:15 PM
First sell a bunch of guns to me and then buy a $48K Ram air ride truck for a shooting bench. ))
Here's a friend sighting in an old remmy he picked up at a pawnshop for a pittance.
We use a milk crate for a seat and adjust the height with closed cell seat pads that works well.
I fashioned a patio umbrella for the warmer days so we wouldn't stroke out. Everything worked out well on the initial test and the ole boy at 77 shot the best he's shot in a long time off my Lead Sled with his Rem 514 he wanted to dial in for possum and coons when he got back home in lower Mich.. He's a camp neighbor on our fish shacks lake and getting up there. I'm a spring chicken at 69.
4wd bench goes almost anywhere and has a radio and AC lounge to cool off and have a cold one of the favorite beverage. Targets and a wind flag out and we're dialing in. He traps the chippies and I whack the red squirrels nobody likes with the 17WSM or the CZ UL with Quiets. Life is good.
Edited by Al the Infidel, 22 October 2016 - 08:17 PM.
Posted 08 November 2016 - 05:22 AM
My buger bench off plans once found on the internet. Also my proto build rifle rest that has worked so well I do not plan on building out of steel any longer.
Posted 08 November 2016 - 09:51 AM
I often put a short stool in the bed of my Ridgeline, and place the bean bags on the roof. Local game officer thought that was great, as it lessened the chances of getting a flea bite.
The only issue is shooting a really large caliber weapon close to the windshield!