Educational Zone #109 – Product Evaluation – Bullsbag Shooting Rests – pt. 1

At the last SHOT Show, I looked at some Bullsbag shooting rests. I spoke with one of their reps and he told me about how the bags worked. He asked me if I would be interested in doing a product evaluation on the bags.

I told him I would be glad to do so, but warned him that I would only tell the truth about what I saw. He assured me that was all he wanted.

I received three different models of their bags, and will show how they are used and how well they work in this two-part series.

The bags are meant to replace the standard benchrest set-up of a front adjustable rifle rest and a rear sandbag system.

I have used this type of system for over 40 years.

Here is my usual set-up.

I will be a pretty tough sell for changing to a new system, but let’s see how this one works.

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The first bag is the model they call the Bench Black/Suede 15″ Shooting Rest. It came filled with “cat litter” and weighs about 23 pounds. It has a convenient shoulder strap to help carry it to the bench. It lists retail for $104.95.-

Just as a side-note… Many may feel that this is a lot of money for a shooting rest.

However, my normal shooting rests presently lists for approximately $250 and the rear bag lists for around $30, so the system costs approximately $280.

That’s makes $104.95 sound a lot better.

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The Bullsbag system uses a novel system to hold the rifle snugly.

It consists of four “chambers” in an X-type of arrangement.

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By placing the rifle between the top two chambers, you can adjust the tension by how much you spread out the two lower bags.

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This holds the rifle very snugly and allows consistent shot-to-shot accuracy.

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 will try it out with my Accuracy International AE rifle, in .308 Winchester caliber.

This rifle is extremely accurate on the standard benchrest set-up that I normally use, so we will see if it will shoot as well on this bag.

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Here I am, ready to go.

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I will be shooting at 100 Yards, and this rifle will usually do less than a minute of angle at this distance with my handloads.

100 yards is still a long way away.

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And here’s the first five shots, including a cold bore shot.

A fine 3/4 inch group, and if I’d kept that flier in the group, it would have been a 3/8th in group.

Not bad for a cold bore group.

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The next model is their Field Tree Camo/Tuff-Tec 10″ Shooting Rest.

This rest is slightly smaller than the 15” Bench model, and is made for field use.

It retails for $57.95 and this one weighs about 14 pounds when filled with cat litter.

I will try my Remington 700 in .308 Winchester.

It is usually a very accurate rifle on my standard benchrest set-up, so we will be able to see how it does on the Bullsbag.

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Here it is, in the grip of the bag.

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And a view from the front.

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I found that I had to “get down” on the bench to really get a good view through the scope.

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Here goes, at 100 yards.

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Five shots through a cold bore.

A measured 3/4 inch for 5 shots. Not bad.

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Conclusion:
1. This system worked as advertised.

2. It is a good one-piece system for sighting in and shooting from a bench.

3. I believe it would especially be good for non-bench applications, such as in the field for shooting off a boulder, or a log, or even the hood of a car or truck, where a regular front and rear bench rest system would not be applicable.

4. They are easy to transport and give a good, steady rest.

5. Will I replace my old system with these bags? I don’t believe I will, as I have been using the two part system for 40+ years. But for field applications, this is a much better system

In part two, we look at a Bullsbag system that is designed especially for magazine fed rifles like the AR15 and for pistols. Stay tuned.

1 Comment on Educational Zone #109 – Product Evaluation – Bullsbag Shooting Rests – pt. 1

  1. I really like those targets are you using. Do you buy them or make them yourself.

    It appears the cross is 1-inch lines and the lines above and below are 1/2 inch but not really sure.

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