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Hello Instructables!  We recently bought a new rifle for the upcoming deer hunting season, and we are looking forward to using it.  However, before the firearm can be anywhere near accurate it needs to be sighted.  With the last gun that I sighted, we tried using the 2 shot sighting method which, although simple in theory, was quite difficult without the proper equipment.  So this time I decided to look around for gun rests while at the outdoors store.  There was a great selection, but prices were from $150 to $350, all for a rather simple piece of equipment that keeps a gun in the same spot.  I figured I could make one for much cheaper, so when we got home I got working in the garage.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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To make your own gun rest, you will need:
  • 1-3 hours, depending on how finished you want your carpentry to look and how much experience you have with woodworking.
  • Scrap plywood (at least 1/2" thick) and scrap 2x4's (at least 7' worth).
  • A Drill and Drillbits.
  • A screwdriver and/or a screw-bit for the drill.
  • A power-sander and/or sandpaper.
  • A saw.
  • Wood glue.
  • Screws.
Also, a vice comes in handy if you don't have anyone else helping you with this project.  You can use it to hold pieces while you are screwing them together.
mookiechan21 days ago
Did a couple modifications to the design. Thinking about using 3/4" x 4" ash or maple.

Added two slot/slide bars (bolt, washer and wing nuts) to make it adjustable for multiple size guns. (Height & Length)

I guess if you wanted the legs to fold under for transport you could add two more on the legs.
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NathanaelScheffler (author)  mookiechan18 days ago

Nice changes! Looks like it should work great!

The other feature I was thinking about for lower caliber rifles (pellet, .22, etc) was the option to make 10 degree angled legs (facing to front and back, slightly angled to the corners) with a threaded rod attached to the tops at the same angle of entry so as the legs are not straight up and down and so they would be detachable in the four holes with a wingnut and washer. This would raise the whole system up to the desired height but have the ability to break it down quickly to load it on an ATV or in your trunk.

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spencer.lords6 months ago
I made your gun rest the only thing I'm going to try and improve is by putting a tension bolt thing I'm the 2x4 that your barrel suits in so I can adjust the height for my gun barrel
NathanaelScheffler (author)  spencer.lords6 months ago

That would definitely be a great improvement. Could you post a photo of it when it's done, would love to see how it works.

BaiT1 year ago

what was used to clamp the gun to the rest? I plan on making this very soon.

NathanaelScheffler (author)  BaiT1 year ago

The gun isn't clamped to the rest. The box that holds the butt-stock and the cradle that holds the fore-stock have fabric placed over them, so the whole rifle is pressure fit into the holders. If you wanted, you could use a ratcheting strap, but you would have to be careful to not damage the finish on your firearm.

Nice idea. I never thought of making a gun rest.

Yeah, I only decided to build it because it makes sighting in the rifle for longer ranges so much easier.

yah, its much easier.