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What's a good filler for rest bags?

Post by Snip3o » 20 May 2019, 9:59 am

Just bought one unfilled set off Ebay to sight in the scope on my new .22. My first thought was to fill it with rice but i'm going to be storing it in my shed and that could attract rodents and moisture quite easily, my 2nd thought was sand but that would probably leak out of the stitches. What have you guys used and what are your experiences?

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Post by eddahenry » 20 May 2019, 10:41 am

Sand blasting media if you want heavy ,, or Kitty litter for light (but keep it out of moisture )
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Post by Col » 20 May 2019, 12:00 pm

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Post by bladeracer » 20 May 2019, 12:32 pm

Snip3o wrote:Just bought one unfilled set off Ebay to sight in the scope on my new .22. My first thought was to fill it with rice but i'm going to be storing it in my shed and that could attract rodents and moisture quite easily, my 2nd thought was sand but that would probably leak out of the stitches. What have you guys used and what are your experiences?

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I used dirt but out in the weather it went rock hard over time and got to be a nuisance having to soften it every time I wanted to use them. I also filled them with empty .22LR brass, which was better, but holds water.

I bought a 3kg bag of plastic pellets that was suggested on here. I like it, but the 3kg bag is not big enough to fill a Caldwell front and rear bag so I ordered another 5kg bag. 5kg would fill a set of bags.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5-x-Kilo-Plastic-Poly-Pellets-For-Weighted-Blankets-Quilts-and-Toys-/264075768947

I also bought one set of Caldwell bags already filled, they use walnut shells.
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Post by bladeracer » 20 May 2019, 12:33 pm

eddahenry wrote:Sand blasting media if you want heavy ,, or Kitty litter for light (but keep it out of moisture )


That's a good point. I bought a 10kg bucket of media for this reason, but completely forgot to try it, and now I can't even recall where I left it - might have to have a dig around in the sheds I think :-)
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Post by bigfellascott » 20 May 2019, 2:14 pm

I just use sand out of the sandpit from across the road - I like my sandbags heavy so I can leave them on the bonnet of the car whilst out spotlighting and driving around looking for ferals.

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Post by on_one_wheel » 20 May 2019, 3:58 pm

I used rice as well.
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Post by CrackThump » 20 May 2019, 6:46 pm

Has anyone made their own rest bags.?

what material did you use for the outer.??
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Post by bigfellascott » 20 May 2019, 7:01 pm

CrackThump wrote:Has anyone made their own rest bags.?

what material did you use for the outer.??


Those ones in my post are all home made, Jean legs make good shooting bags as does calico and any material really, it doesn't have to be special, just need to be able to hold media of some sort and be durable. :thumbsup:
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Post by Snip3o » 20 May 2019, 8:33 pm

Hey everyone thanks for the replies, looks like i'll have to buy some blasting media then, thanks for the suggestion!
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Post by Hunter257 » 20 May 2019, 10:59 pm

I bought ebay bags too and used sand
makes them bloody heavy but nice to shoot off
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Post by Oldbloke » 21 May 2019, 5:47 pm

bigfellascott wrote:
Those ones in my post are all home made, Jean legs make good shooting bags as does calico and any material really, it doesn't have to be special, just need to be able to hold media of some sort and be durable. :thumbsup:


Same here. Trouser legs filled with rice or wheat.
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Post by bladeracer » 22 May 2019, 1:29 pm

Oldbloke wrote:Same here. Trouser legs filled with rice or wheat.


I hate when that happens :-)
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Post by TassieTiger » 22 May 2019, 6:11 pm

bladeracer wrote:
Oldbloke wrote:Same here. Trouser legs filled with rice or wheat.


I hate when that happens :-)


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Re: What's a good filler for rest bags?

Post by Bill » 22 May 2019, 8:06 pm

Unpolishes short grain rice.
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Post by bladeracer » 22 May 2019, 8:29 pm

Bill wrote:Unpolishes short grain rice.


Doesn't it congeal when it gets wet?
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