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    A friend hosts a rifle league in the Winter that requires entrants to furnish a "Blanket Prize" that is home-made. All entrants' prizes are placed on display at the last shoot, and the winner gets first pick, then on down the line. Some of the prizes reflect quite a lot of effort, and they do not have to be shooting related.

    The Dec/Jan issue of Machinist's Workshop has an article on a "Scrap Box Rifle Rest". It looked interesting, and seemed to be a good project for a gift.

    Anyway, here's my prize for this year:

    I took the author literally; most of the pieces/parts came from the scrapyard where I shop regularly. About the only exceptions were 4 Allen screws, some 5/16" drill rod, and the bag (not shown) that goes on the top. Substitutions were made: 5/16-18 threads instead of 5/16-24, 3/4-10 all-thread for the elevation screw, and sizes were picked from available stock. I also used brass for all the knobs, including one for the elevation lock screw.

    No time sheets were kept, but there's probably about 15 hours in the project.

  • #2
    That one looks good, it should have enough mass to keep everything steady.


    • #3
      It looks way to nice to be given away!!!


      People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!
      People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!


      • #4
        That's a nice rig...I would be proud to win it!

        David Kaiser
        “You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.”
        ― Robert A. Heinlein


        • #5
          Not only is it nice work but the fifteen hours of time spent indicates a level of proficiency that many of us might envy !! (If I carried that thing onto the local range, not much shooting would happen for a while - everyone would be hanging around my bench, admiring it - and NOBODY would believe that I'd made it, LOL.)

          Did you weigh it, by any chance ?

          Randy C
          Eureka, CA
          Last edited by randyc; 12-26-2010, 01:04 AM.


          • #6
            Wow, I thought I was hanging out at a pretty good shooting range.... I gotta move up in the world! Real nice work!


            • #7
              Thanks for the kind words, fellas!

              It weighs a bit over 12#, somewhat lighter than the original, but I made the body and legs from lighter material, as that's what was in my stock pile.

              I've thought about building another for me, but don't know if I'm that ambitious. :-)

              As far as the "shooting range", this is an indoor setup, above my friend's woodshop. When he was planning the building, he realized that if he made it a bit longer than his original thought, he'd have room for a 50' range upstairs. There's room for 4 shooters on the line, and the backstop is good for only .22's, but it's pretty nice. The league is invitation only and usually has about a dozen shooters. As it's handicapped, everyone has a chance of winning. In theory! The better shooters usually are at the top, as there's only 5 matches, and most guys are consistent enough that there's not a lot of place movement.


              • #8
                Is the base a repurposed roll around chair or similar?
                Nice work!