Not sure if this should be on the Precision, Stud, Not So Stud or Fail (pretty crude compared to other presentations here ) boards but this one seems about right.  The posting of the SOCOM International Sniper Comp results made me think of waiting a week before posting but here you are:

Originally I was competing in 600-300 meter ‘tactical rifle’ matches in which field webbing (aka belt rig) must be worn.  Rests were permitted & if you wanted to lug a real issue sandbag about- you were permitted.  FTN.  I got into the habit of using the bum bag on my webbing as the rest- initially taking it off to shoot then realising I could unlatch the belt & swing the bumpack over/forward for the forestock.  Some playing around determined that raw popcorn in 100gm lots was a good filler.  A rule change required webbing or vest must be fully worn at all times & so I took a separate bum bag, added a decent carry handle, put some type of US signal sling with snaphooks it and carried it slung as a separate item or got my spotter to carry if I had one.  That lasted well till the verminous lolife got to it:

 

A LF here heard of my plight & donated a surplus HSG rest/buttpack combination:

It worked OKish but seemed too rigid for the job: it did not mold well & was not too stable on uneven ground with that large flat base.  I’ll stash it against future need or pass on to a deserving individual here-like 22F.

The cradle, however, was cool.

I decided then to build a dedicated bag & was aided by finding a few OD Voodoo Tactical ‘2 Piece Hard Bottom Rifle Guide’ dirt cheap from a dealer who could not sell them.

Next I found a close out sale on Cordura bumpacks (sadly DPCU & Multi Camish already sold out) & bought a couple of tan ones- turned out not to be completely MOLLE compatible but had PAL of sorts on the sides & top.

My initial plan was to MOLLE the rigid cradle card to the top of the bumpack & have a removable cradle as an option- perhaps as part of my belt rig – and velcro the cradle on as required.  The Alice clip only belt side of the bag scotched that & trials indicated the rigid card restricted bag molding.  Additionally, the card edges were raised from the bumpack body & tended to catch on things or scrape me.   So, I had the local saddler strip the card out of the cradle base & stitch directly to the top of the bumpack : permanent & fixed in orientation but workable.

Now for the filling.  While something edible in a pinch (rice, dried beans, popcorn…) had its attractions, I decided not to feed the freelance Socialist  vermin again & looked for something impermeable, non-compressing & lightweight.  At the local backpacker/trendoid markets I found it: plastic beads with holes large enough for light cord.  In bulk from the Oz distributor they were far, far cheaper that what the kapitalist neo-hippie (and undoubtedly Hipster by night) wanted to sell them for.

Adding the old US sigs sling & a M24 LCE pouch donated by the US Army, I put it together:

Cheap, nasty & thrown together- it works for the shoots I do.

Improvements?  I suspect the bag would not stand up to rigorous use (say being booted out of trucks or mess football), the sling shouldn’t be cotton & the snaphooks are too open - use something with cerakoted HK style hooks. The PALS may be pretty useless: what would be attached?  Other funding priorities preclude a Kestral, the mags are in SORD pouches on one of their lightweight bibs or in a smock pocket- the M24 pouch was there to top up mags.  Perhaps a method of attaching to webbing that did not let it flop around? And I’d still like to find a duel use filling other than black plastic beads.  Perhaps Con has a source of  Multicam beads?

All condemnations or suggestions for improvement are most welcome.

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Not much to add but I dig the rifle set up! 

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Originally Posted by DocGKR:

       
This is why LE in some areas would be better served with belt fed weapons and flame throwers...

       

Joined: 5.23.2009
Location: WA/ Canadian border
the shotty posted:

Not much to add but I dig the rifle set up! 

Eh, simple enough:

-decent barrel

-usual work on action & bolt

-Sako extractor

-Badger bolt knob

-trigger job

-Badger 1913 rail

-Badger mag well metal

-26’ .260 Rem barrel (plus a spare 26’ .308 in case the .260 did not work out.)

-A5 stock, bedding & forend rail

-Badger rings

-my blood (did most of the work under supervision)

 

To do:

-QD flush sling mounts (for carry & ‘no support’ serials)

-Cerakote

-shoot, shoot, shoot

 

What I maybe should have done:

-muzzle brake?

-heavier .260 barrel?

-short 16-18’ .308 barrel option?

-spacer system on the butt?

 

Incidentally, the Magpul AICS 10 round mags seem to be working out OK so far.

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I run a 24" 260 that I "built" on a savage repeating target action. I started with a 26" bull and after I shot it out I decided to go shorter and varmint profile to save weight. I did put a brake on it which makes a big difference in my opinion, I always shoot with electronic ears so it didn't make that much difference but now I can watch my hits from 300 out. So far the magpul mags have worked well for us as well, I only have two matches and a few shooting sessions with it so far though and I did have to seat my bullets farther into the case to get the rounds to fit. 

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Originally Posted by DocGKR:

       
This is why LE in some areas would be better served with belt fed weapons and flame throwers...

       

Joined: 5.23.2009
Location: WA/ Canadian border
the shotty posted:

I run a 24" 260 that I "built" on a savage repeating target action. I started with a 26" bull and after I shot it out I decided to go shorter and varmint profile to save weight. I did put a brake on it which makes a big difference in my opinion, I always shoot with electronic ears so it didn't make that much difference but now I can watch my hits from 300 out. So far the magpul mags have worked well for us as well, I only have two matches and a few shooting sessions with it so far though and I did have to seat my bullets farther into the case to get the rounds to fit. 

What are you doing for ammunition?

For fillers, I have always used very fine builders sand in the leather bags, or shotgun buffer material in a rolled up sock for use in the field. The leather bags aren't used in wet weather, and the shotgun buffer (very fine beads) doesn't hold water.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

MWL posted:

For fillers, I have always used very fine builders sand in the leather bags, or shotgun buffer material in a rolled up sock for use in the field. The leather bags aren't used in wet weather, and the shotgun buffer (very fine beads) doesn't hold water.

Regards.

Mark

Yup- but I had in mind I'd have to hoik it with rifle  & accessories between stages.

If it proves unworkable, sand (of sorts) it will be.

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