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Thread: Front and Rear bags for Sporter Class

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    Front and Rear bags for Sporter Class

    So I finally decided to finish my Sporter. Not having anywhere to shoot it locally it has sat in pieces for the most part for a while. I was going to sell the parts, but Sporters aren't a hot commodity most are looking to build so I decided to just start over with it and complete it.

    While well versed in one piece rest setups for Unlimited, I am less knowledgeable about a good setup for a Sporter. I know it requires sandbags, but am curious what many are using for their front and rear bags. I have a Randolph front I will be using and have a couple of different tops for it including the adjustable top as well as one for a sandbag.

    What I am really curious about is what you are using for a rear bag. What type of material, what width of ears and height of ears, etc. I was looking at something like the Edgewood Gater with the elongated profile to use as a handrest or a Protector BR model. I have a Protektor I like, but it is for an angled stock so I need something more purpose built.

    I realize much of it is just personal preference, but any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Jamie

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    I'm using a Mini Gator with straight Cordura ears. Have had a Gator as well as other bags with the angled ears I don't shoot any better/worse with the straight ones.
    I prefer the standard Cordura over the slick ears as it seems easier to conform to the profile of the stock better & stay that way for the front bag. Not sure what mine is but not an Edgewood.
    There are quite a few using the big Protektor bag with the straight ears with great success too. Don't remember what they're called.
    The fill of the bags is going to be the biggest hurdle. I like both firm but with some "give". Definitely not hard. The rear bag seems to be the most important there.
    Good luck with it & hope to see it/you down the road.

    Keith
    Last edited by linekin; 03-03-2021 at 11:22 PM.

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    The full gator might give elevation issues at some ranges, I used one for years with my 10 lb guns but found the mini with cordura better suited. These days I use a Lenzi rear for everything, best rear bag made.

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    Thanks guys. Tim, the Lenzi looks nice. Why do you consider it better than an Edgewood or Protektor? They all look robust, but know the devil is in the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hozzie View Post
    Thanks guys. Tim, the Lenzi looks nice. Why do you consider it better than an Edgewood or Protektor? They all look robust, but know the devil is in the details.
    The base, more stable and the leather, particularly in the ears seems better quality.
    The “ trick” with a rear bag is not to overfill it and make it bouncy, but don’t underfill to the point of sloppy, you want some give, top & bottom.
    Same bag for my PPC which is super critical & with it rarely do I get any non-condition vertical unless I do something stupid.
    Use it with a sissy bag leaning against the front to brace your hand, you won’t regret it, tons of group shooters have gravitated toward them, get the 1/2” ear spacing.

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    Thanks, the ear spacing was my next question. Looks like a quality rest. I will get one ordered.

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