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Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:27 pm
by quazi
My dad's birthday was coming up and I'm looking for recommendations on a portable shooting bench to get for him. Something that we can throw in the back of the truck and take down to the gravel pit so we aren't shooting off of the tailgate or laying prone on the rocks.

I think he was looking at one of the ones with the built in chair at the store the other day, but I'm not entirely sure. As long as it's stable it probably doesn't matter.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:41 pm
by NT2C
$35 folding table from Costco and a couple of folding chairs works for me.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:58 pm
by quazi
Regular folding tables always seem pretty wobbly to me, maybe because of the uneven ground?

I thought about maybe building one and giving it to him. I was thinking a T shape with two legs out front and one in the back. I read that three legs tend to be more stable than four on uneven ground as it is less likely for one leg to to end up floating a little above the ground, but maybe that's BS?

Of course, I thought about building him one last year and then never got around to it. Maybe I'll try to actually do it again this year, and then if I don't finish it or it doesn't turn out right I can just give him another loaded AR magazine. In my experience nobody is disappointed when you hand them a loaded magazine as a present. :lol:

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:40 pm
by chills1994
Have you ever worked with black gas pipe?

Or galvanized gas pipe?

Can you weld?

Then this bench plan might be for you:

http://www.larrywillis.com/shootingbench.html

or you could try gas pipe floor flanges instead and skip out of the welding part.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:58 pm
by Stercutus
I use two saw horses and a 6' piece of thick, marine grade, smooth plywood. Gives a ton of space, super portable, can be easily shared. you can drill holes in it to add stuff with removable mounts for stuff like . Put some furring strips in the right place and you can make a tray. You can put gun rests and all kinds of stuff on it easily.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:15 pm
by quazi
chills1994 wrote:Then this bench plan might be for you:

http://www.larrywillis.com/shootingbench.html

or you could try gas pipe floor flanges instead and skip out of the welding part.
That looks like a good design. I think I'll try that.
Stercutus wrote:I use two saw horses and a 6' piece of thick, marine grade, smooth plywood. Gives a ton of space, super portable, can be easily shared. you can drill holes in it to add stuff with removable mounts for stuff like . Put some furring strips in the right place and you can make a tray. You can put gun rests and all kinds of stuff on it easily.
Something bigger might be cool. I'd like to make a large, horseshoe shaped shooting bench at my normal spot, but that's going to be permanent and not portable.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:42 am
by TwistedSense
I wanna build one if these. http://www.realitysurvival.com/survival ... ign-plans/

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Single sheet of 4'x8'x3/4" plywood
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Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:27 am
by wamba
I've seen some good looking designs much like the one Twisted shared on Pinterest. Years ago we got by with saw horses and a pallet (covered with plywood), with two shooters it was easy to move and gave plenty of room.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:33 am
by teotwaki
I am using this lightweight, portable router table from Home Depot. 1.8' x 3' and the legs easily detach to store in the bottom.
Without the unneeded accessories it weighs only 17 pounds.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-1-8-ft ... /205887786

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Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:57 am
by quazi
I have to admit, last night I was feeling overworked and out of time so I just went ahead and ordered the Caldwell portable bench off of Amazon. :oops:

I think it would have been just as good and a lot less money to follow one of the plans posted in this thread, but it sure is nice not to have to think about it.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:28 pm
by NT2C
teotwaki wrote:I am using this lightweight, portable router table from Home Depot. 1.8' x 3' and the legs easily detach to store in the bottom.
Without the unneeded accessories it weighs only 17 pounds.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-1-8-ft ... /205887786

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I rather like that. I could have used that for my router back before I retired. The router table I had to lug to job sites was a PITA to get up/down stairs.

Re: Portable shooting bench recommendations

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:22 pm
by Stercutus
KJ4VOV wrote:
teotwaki wrote:I am using this lightweight, portable router table from Home Depot. 1.8' x 3' and the legs easily detach to store in the bottom.
Without the unneeded accessories it weighs only 17 pounds.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-1-8-ft ... /205887786

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I rather like that. I could have used that for my router back before I retired. The router table I had to lug to job sites was a PITA to get up/down stairs.
I might have to get one of those for more portable uses.