By Tom in Oregon
I’ve been doing some long range shooting and as I get older, I hurt the next day from shooting prone. I like my big bore rifles enough that I won’t get rid of any, just change the way I shoot them. Shooting from sitting or standing is much more preferable, due to how recoil is distributed to your body. Not to mention, how your body reacts to the recoil. So I decided to build a portable shooting bench, as I like to travel out to the woods for some 12-1500 yard plinking. After some thought, I went to Home Depot and gathered what I thought I would need . . .
Two pieces of two foot by four foot sheets of plywood, some plumbing pipe and screws. Tools needed are a screw driver. If you want to make it go a bit smoother and faster, a drill driver and a jigsaw make things a bit smoother.
First, I squared up the two sheets with one another. Then screwed them together using a liberal amount of screws. Then, using the floor flanges from the plumbing section, scribed out the radius to round the corners.
After cutting the corners off, the floor flanges were screwed to the plywood. Once in place, simply screw on the pre-cut legs.
It was cheaper to buy a long length of pipe and chat with the Home Depot guy while he cut to length and threaded one end for me. I left the legs long while I select a suitable chair. I’m thinking a folding camp chair that is semi-rigid.
The finished product is sturdy enough to hold my 35-pound rifle and accessories. There’s plenty of space for a spotting scope, ammo, Caldwell leadsled or other items. I’m thinking cup holder…
Total cost, $89.68. Hope this little helpful hint keeps you shooting more.