Frequently Asked Questions
Where are your shooting benches made?
Made in USA: All of the machining and welding is done in our shop here in Wyoming. The laser cut parts and powder coating are done in Montana. The tops are made in Utah.
How soon can you ship me a shooting bench?
We usually ship your items the next business day.
How long will it take to get to me?
We ship FedEx Ground from Wyoming. Usually takes 3-5 business days within the lower 48 states.
Do I need the Leg Caddy?
If you will be setting the bench up and down a lot, it’s a handy way to protect and carry the legs. If you plan on leaving the bench set up in one place, you may not find much need for it.
Do you have other models of shooting benches available?
At this time, we just produce one model.
Can I purchase a shooting bench without the wood top?
Not at this time. This is because the bench is supported in the shipping case by its top.
Can I purchase a shooting bench without powder coating?
No, if a shooting bench has our name on it, we want it to look like it.
I’m left-handed… will this shooting bench work for me?
Absolutely, as Royal shoots left-handed. When designing this bench he was frustrated with other bench designs where you had to remove the top and flip it over to switch between right and left handed shooters. Most of our shooting buddies are right handed. When we go shooting together, we simply move the seat and rest to our preferred side.
How do you level the bench on uneven ground?
Since the bench has 3 legs, all 3 legs will always be in full contact with the ground. We usually use a small plumber’s level on the top, and can achieve a side to side level by simply shifting the position of the bench around on the terrain a few inches. We don’t worry too much about front to back level as this is done with the rest and rear bag.
Why is your shooting bench taller than others I’ve seen?
We subscribe to Harvey Donaldson’s theory that your back should be straight and your forearms flat on the bench top. Most benches place your body posture such that your back is curved. This causes many more muscles to be at work, than if your back is straight and relying on your bones for support and stability. For many shooters, this is a new idea; however most see immediate improvement in their groups.
Wouldn't your bench be a lot simpler and cheaper if you just used pipe threads instead of the complicated leg socket?
Yes, in fact we tried this design on early prototypes. However, if you're a serious shooter and shooting often, pipe threads will not last. Pipe threads are tapered and are not designed to be used repeatedly. Every time you engage the thread and tighten it so there's no wobble, it has to advance. The pipe thread will advance until in comes in contact with the bottom of the collar, at which point, the threads will simply strip out.
Who do you recommend I talk to about quality rests and bags?
We now stock the Sinclair Competition Rest as well as the Sinclair Heavy Varmint Rest. I have used one of Sinclair’s all-purpose rests for many years and it is versatile and top quality! We now stock the Protektor Bumble-Bee rear bag as well as the Dog-Gone-Good bench bags. Otherwise we recommend you see Sinclair International. If you need it to make your gun shoot well, Sinclair will have it. www.sinclairintl.com.
For one piece type rests we recommend Target Shooting Inc. www.targetshooting.com.
Where can I get one of those Contico Shooters Boxes you used to sell?
We wish we knew! Contico has stopped manufacturing this box. We don’t know of any source for them. If you find one, please let us know… they were a great shooters box.
Why do I need a shooting bench if I usually just shoot off the hood of my pickup?
If you’re happy with the results you get that way, you probably don’t need a shooting bench. However, we find that if you want to shoot ½ minute of angle or better, consistently, you need a solid platform from which to shoot. Here’s a little way to test your current shooting platform. With your scope on its highest magnification, put your crosshairs on your last bullet hole. When you feel like you’re really steady, close your eyes and count to ten. Then open them. If you’re cross hairs are on the bullet hole, you’re good to go. If not, you’ve got a problem, whether with your form or your shooting platform.
Why are the cutouts on your shooting bench smaller than most other benches?
The goal is for your chest to rest against the bench, while your heart is isolated from the bench, so as to not disturb your sight picture.
Will your shooting bench work with handguns?
Yes. In fact, our friend, John Taffin, is who originally suggested turning the bench around backwards for work with handguns. By turning the bench around backwards and putting your pistol rest in between the cutouts for the shooter, we find that you're able to get more of your arms supported by the bench, with your chest against the bench. This creates an extremely stable stance for handguns. Check out our photo gallery
for a photo of the bench being used this way.
Do you offer any type of quantity or dealer discount?
To keep our costs low, we do not utilize a dealer network. We do offer a $50.00 per bench quantity discount for purchases of 5 or more benches.
Why is your shooting bench so expensive?
Most shooting benches handled by the “big box” stores are built to a predetermined retail price. Our bench was built to be a high quality shooting bench first, and for sale second. If you look at our products page, you’ll see that our benches are made with high quality materials and precision machining. We are shooters and we’re about shooting and quality products.
Why is the shooters seat so expensive?
While we don’t manufacture the shooters seat, it is of very high quality materials and workmanship. You’ll find cheaper models out there whose performance follows their price.
I’m looking for a bench to shoot prairie dogs… will this bench work for me?
We have several customers who use the bench for prairie dog shooting, but they are typically extreme long-range prairie dog shooters (ex. 1000 yards with 16 ½ lb guns). However, we usually do not recommend our bench to the average prairie dog shooter as we believe they will usually be better served by a pivoting bench with a seat attached. Our bench is designed for extreme stability, not mobility. That said our bench will work pretty well if the shooter uses an X bag like the bags built by Dog Gone Good Bags as this will allow for rapid movement from one target to the next. With a 40 degree field of fire without moving the bench or seat. Check out our photo gallery
for a photo of the bench being used this way.
How long will the wood top last?
While on the ranch in Montana, we left one setup outside for 2 years continuously. At the end of this time, the finish was weather-checking badly on the edges, but the lamination still held strong. If a fella uses one and sets it up and takes it down and stores it inside after each use, it should last a very long time.
Where are most of your shooting benches sold?
We have shipped shooting benches to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Spain, Australia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Norway, Belgium and England.
Why don’t you offer a shooting bench with the seat attached?
We believe if you want the ultimate from your gun and load, you do not want your seat attached to your bench. If you’ve ever experienced the phenomenon of your crosshairs jumping from one side to the other of your targdot, this is caused by stress in your body. It can usually be relieved by a slight shift in your body on the seat. If your seat is attached to the bench, you’ve just moved everything else too, and you still have the problem. We like to shoot itty-bitty groups; not fight with our equipment.
Is there room for my chronograph on the shooting bench top?
Yes. There are photos in the gallery of our chronograph in use.
Why don’t you put a groove around the top to catch brass?
Lots of customers choose to make custom modifications to their tops. This is one of the reasons our top is plywood, as it’s easy to modify to suit your individual shooting needs. From my experience, a groove around the edge works only some of the time at best. A bench snake is much more effective.
I’ve seen some shooters using an umbrella to keep the sun off. Do you offer a top with a mounting hole?
No. Partially because we live in the West where we are usually plagued with wind of one degree or another. We find we shoot our best groups without a sail attached.
Can you build me a (taller, shorter or longer) bench?
Yes, when and as time allows. We build our benches in batches of 50 and have developed fixtures, jigs and shipping cases to make this work very well. Custom work will not fit these fixtures, jigs and cases and will have to be hand built. Our shop rate is $55.00 per hour, (ex. a set of custom length legs will cost $300.00 plus s/h).
What other shooting benches are out there?
We encourage customers to familiarize themselves with other benches. Below are some good benches, so review what is out there, and what your needs are. There are many other cheaper shooting benches on the market not listed here, but if you’re serious about rifle accuracy, you don’t want one… trust me.
· DOA Tactical: www.doatactical.com
· Caldwell BR Pivot: www.midwayusa.com
· Target Shooting Inc.: www.targetshooting.com
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