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    shooting rest bags - best filling

    I've got a stoney point shooting rest bag coming in the next day or so and was wondering what's best to fill it with. Kid's play sand, dried split peas or dried chick peas?

    I was going to go for split peas since I thought they would give me the best combination between density and weight (and they are cheaper than chick peas). Any advice?

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    Cat litter - like CatSan. Works really well. At least if it absorbs water, it doesn't go mushy...

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    Used a wheat mix in mine (bird seed), not as heavy as sand but works ok for informal testing.

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    i used long grain rice in mine , cheap as chips !

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    I've got a stoney point shooting rest bag coming in the next day or so and was wondering what's best to fill it with. Kid's play sand, dried split peas or dried chick peas?

    I was going to go for split peas since I thought they would give me the best combination between density and weight (and they are cheaper than chick peas). Any advice?
    I always use bags when zeroing my rifles and I use sand. Yeah its heavy, but the weight helps to give a good firm base and it moulds well to the stock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gliballs View Post
    Does it really matter?
    If it's too light it won't hold firm and be as much use as tits on a fish, if it's too heavy it'll be a pain to lug it around the range etc. If it can be made light, and firm, that'd be ideal. Hence the reason for asking.

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    Mel.
    i have three diffrent types of bag these are filled with
    1/ sharp sand good heavy bag solid rest ,pain to lug around due to weight
    2/ wheat , not heavy good rest
    3/ plastic waste pellets , bit more substance than wheat and same weight ,water does not affect the filling best of the 3

    i go my filling after coming across a pile of the stuff in the waste some time ago , but have seem simular on evil-bay

    regards...neil

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    Cat Litter works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gliballs View Post
    Does it really matter?
    Oh yes!!

    Having filled two shooting bags using dried chick peas I kept them in my game larder. Next time I came to use them the mice had eaten through the front rest and demolished the filling

    Next time I'll use something that is not food based.

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