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PORTABLE SHOOTING BENCHES - It’s a given that consistent accuracy largely stems from the minimization or outright elimination of controllable variables, including any glitch in shooting form or the rifle itself. Unfortunately, the quality of shooting platforms is all too often ignored. Disregard for a moment the idea that a rifleman should be able to shoot while standing on his own two feet (rightly so), and consider instead that most load testing, downrange ballistics evaluation and scope or sight adjustments take place from a “bench.” If said support is not up
to snuff, the fellow behind the trigger may be at a disadvantage before the first shot is fired. >>> Read Full Article
Stukey Shooting Bench - Okay, sometimes I've been known to say something is built "tank-tough" and that means it's well... tough. Royal Stukey (that's his real name, not his social standing) told me I needed to see one of his shooting benches, after he saw a plastic one I was using in an article. I said, "That's okay, I've seen lots of shooting benches, and I'm sure yours is really good, but I'll pass right now." Then at the NRA show, I looked up and there, right in front of me, were these amazingly stout shooting benches. And yup, it was Royal's booth. He and his dad were genuine gentlemen, showed me their wares and I realized I actually hadn't see "tank-tough" in the flesh before. If you look up "tank-tough" in the dictionary, they'll likely be a picture of Royal's shooting bench.
He was kind enough to loan me one for a while, and in all honesty, I've never seen anything quite like it. Picture the U.S.S. Missouri WWII battleship and their 12" of armor in places. Royal's shooting bench is, well... the benchmark for what other portable shooting benches should aspire to. The legs are made of 1.5" schedule 40 steel pipe, while the collar and sockets are 2" schedule 80 steel. The bench frame is constructed of 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 2" angle iron, and the wooden top is 3/4", 11-laminate, cabinet-grade exterior plywood, heavily coated with varnish. All the threaded hardware is Grade 8 and welded with high-test wire. All the steel bits are also powder coated and pretty much impervious to the elements. There's a nifty carrying handle to tote the legs when they are detached, and the whole thing fits in most trunks. You don't need tools to set it up, either. The top piece weighs about 30 pounds and the leg package about 35 pounds. Not for the faint of heart, but that weight translates into stability.
I think the picture pretty much gets the point across. That's a real truck sitting on the four standard benches. Try that with your discount store plastic shooting bench. Ha! Alright, Royal you win. It's the best there is, period.
Excerpt from the article Good Furniture for Shooters - I’m not going to write about Chippendale cabinetry; this is a post for manly men and women. The subjects are a portable benchrest that is quite unusual and a reloading bench that is of the first order.
All the portable benchrests I’ve seen and used make at least some effort to be lightweight, compact, and adjustable. This is nice, but the price you pay for these features is tremors, shakes, wobbles, palpitations, gyrations, and vibrations. This stuff does not help you shoot good.
On the other hand, there is the bench made by Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Benches in Powell, WY (pictured above). It is not light. The combined weight of the top and the three legs is close to 70 pounds. (I knew it had arrived at my house because I heard a tremendous crash in my garage. When I got there, I found the box and a note from the UPS driver that said: “If you ever do this to me again I’ll pull your brains out through your nose.” Not to worry; Stukey does a beautiful job of packing; you might pause to admire it before you take the box apart.) The SSSB does not adjust. There is nothing that can loosen, wobble, flex, or quake. If you would like something to compare it to, I suggest the Hoba meteorite in Namibia, which weighs 60 tons. The legs will handle any kind of reasonably flat surface, but if you wish to shoot on the slopes of Mt. Everest you will do well to look for something else.
The SSSB does set up and taken down quickly because it’s extremely simple. And then it is as inert as Congress, no matter what you or your rifle do. It is as steady as any permanent concrete bench I have shot off. I fired a .375 H&H from it and the SSSB did not budge an iota. The bench comes with an optional leg caddy which I highly recommend, since it keeps the massive legs in a tidy bundle. It ain’t cheap, but boy is it solid. You can get it from Brownell’s or from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excerpt from the article "NO Wiggles" A shooting bench mustn’t move. Most portables do. These don’t. You’ll shoot better. - Five minutes from my house there’s a bench.
I helped design it, but more talented people than me built it. The top is a trough of heavy iron, broad as a pool table. It holds 4 inches of concrete and rests on legs of well casings thick as cannon barrels, also filled with concrete. They’re sunk so deep, heat from the earth’s core cured the footings.
This bench doesn’t creak when you lay a heavy rifle across sandbags. It doesn’t quiver when you squirm to re-position a rest. You could hog-tie a steer on this bench; it wouldn’t budge.
The only thing I don’t like about this bench is that it’s about as portable as the Pentagon.
Royal Stukey knows about steers. He cowboyed in another life, and “was happiest in the hills, on horseback.” There, and as a hunting guide, he indulged his long affinity for rifles and shooting. Now 50, Royal is a decade into an enterprise that “began with a blank check.” A client wanted “a portable shooting bench that was really steady. I couldn’t find one. So he told me to build one.”
Mechanically inclined, Stukey complied. His first benches had flaws, but because cost wasn’t an over-riding concern, those benches quickly got better. “Our real break-through was the floating nut plate,” says the entrepreneur. “Most of the wobble in portables come from the junction of legs and top. One day I got the idea of a self-centering plate.” It’s a clever arrangement. The legs grip the top with 5/8 bolts at the welded ends of 1 ½-inch Schedule 40 pipe. “The nut plates eliminate the wiggle. It just goes away. Not a shudder under big rifles, not a shiver in Wyoming wind.”
You won’t find a weak component in Stukey’s bench. The frame is of 1 ½ x 2-inch heavy angle iron. Fourteen screws secure the 32x40-inch top, of ¾-inch birch plywood. It’s triple-coated with marine varnish both sides – six coats on edges. All metal is powder-coated.
Royal Stukey’s bench can be quickly assembled and taken apart without tools. The 30-pound top and 35-pound leg package are designed for easy carry, one in each hand. A Contico box, incorporating a seat, comes separately. It can hold a man’s weight in shooting accessories. Set up, the bench itself has a 36x44-inch footprint, and works well on uneven ground.
“We contract out the powder coating, and I’ve engaged another fellow to build tops to our specs,” says Royal. “I do the welding and other metalwork here in our shop. Assembly too.” The shop, in Powell, Wyoming has grown since Brownells and Sinclair International have put Stukey’s bench in their catalogs. “That’s been a real blessing for Jeanie and me.” Jeanie is Royal’s wife, an active partner in the business.
“She handles orders, records and anything having to do with computers. Thanks to her and my customers, we’ve put solid portable shooting benches all over the country. And in countries I’ve not yet visited!”
Stukey won’t likely go on tour soon. Bench orders are keeping him busy. “We get most from real riflemen – shooters who’ve tried other portable benches. They own custom and semi-custom rifles. They handload. They expect tight groups. They know if you can’t be still, the most expensive rifle and scope is just a pile of wasted money. I can’t afford to ship a bench that wiggles.”
(Reprinted courtesy of the author, GunHunter Magazine and Buckmasters Inc.)
Excerpt from the article "Wyoming Outdoor Product Days" - Back several months ago, I was invited by the Wyoming Business Council to attend a gathering of about six writers in Cody, Wyoming to have a look at some outdoor products that are manufactured in that state. My immediate response was “I’m in!” The event took place last week (August 25 through 28, 2008), and I am back home in Tennessee reflecting upon the wonderful time that I had visiting Wyoming.
…Royal Stukey was letting us use one of his excellent shooting benches while at the range. Even with a strong Wyoming wind blowing, his shooting bench was very stable. It is hard to tell the difference between a cheap bench and one of Royal’s benches just by looking at pictures in a catalog, but these benches are nothing like the cheap imported stuff that you might see advertised elsewhere. Royal uses a unique method to attach the legs to assure a solid connection, and it proved itself at the range. These Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Benches sell for just under 600 bucks, shipped to anywhere in the contiguous forty-eight states by FedEx, and are worth every penny. Unless you have a stable platform, you cannot realize the most accuracy from your rifle or handloads, and the bench is also portable enough for setting up as a varmint shooting bench. This thing is made from heavy plywood and pipe, not thin wall tubing. It weighs 65 pounds, and is built to last, and built in Wyoming.
Excerpt from the article "Rifle Rest Techniques" - ...A solid table is the foundation of accuracy. Most public ranges provide sturdy benches constructed with heavy plank or concrete tops and pipe or concrete legs anchored in concrete. A seat of the proper height is usually provided too.
Portable benches can be just as stable. However, car hoods and card tables are unacceptable. A car hood has a lot of give to it, so a rifle will not recoil the same every shot, and its slope requires dragging a rest back up to reposition it after every shot. Flimsy tables also have a lot of spring and wobble - as much as an outdoor writer at an open bar - and a scope's crosshairs never settle. A sturdy bench supports the shooter as much as the rifle. A Stukey's Sturdy Shooting Bench is a strong and heavy bench made with a thick plywood top and pipe legs...
Excerpt from the article "AK on Steroids I.O. Inc's SSG97" / Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Bench - Testing sniper weapon systems for accuracy requires no small amount of shooting off a bench. Most of the so-called portable shooting benches available are too insubstantial to provide the solid support needed to evaluate the system’s accuracy potential. Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Benches (website: www.shootingbenches.com) makes the best portable shooting bench I have ever used.
The 40x32-inch top, cut for right or left-handed shooters, is made from heavy cabinet-grade plywood. The three powder-coated steel legs interface with the top using a unique floating-nut plate/socket and collar arrangement that eliminates wobble and provides an exceptionally solid lock-up between the legs and the bench top.
A carrying handle is attached to both the top and one of the legs. The top weighs approximately 30 pounds and the leg bundle about 35 pounds. Easy to set up, it will fit in most car trunks.
A final useful addition is the Contico Shooters Box/Seat. It includes a tote caddy with a slide-out tray. I now keep everything required for testing off the bench stored permanently on the shooters box, as I usually get to the range only to discover I have forgotten something. I can recommend this truly excellent equipment without reservations of any kind.
Excerpt from the article "Rip Van Venturino Wakes Up" - ...Something else I had with me deserving a plug is Stuckey's Sturdy Shooting Bench. It's sturdy and packs up into an easy-carrying outfit easily fitting on the backs of the ATVs we used. An optional feature is a tote box sturdy enough to use for a seat - even for someone my size...
Excerpt from the article "Remington Model 799 Mini-Mauser" - ...The next time I shot the 799 from a Stukey's Sturdy Shooting Bench (shootingbenches.com) at 100, 200, and 300 yards. The Stukey's bench has three heavy steel legs that anchor the bench to the ground. With the scope's crosshairs steady and the barrel cool three-shot groups with two Winchester loads at the three distances were fired. The table shows the 799 and the Burris 10x scope were plenty precise to roll a prairie dog off its mound out to 300 yards. In summary, the little carbine shot pretty darn well...
Excerpt from the article "Savage Model 11F" - ...Now I'm going to give an unabashed plug. My friend Royal Stucky sells portable shooting benches, advertising in the pages of this magazine as "Stucky's Sturdy Shooting Benches". I have had one for some time without using it for more than a spare cleaning table at BPCR Silhouette matches. It served "royally" on this trip. Breaking down in minutes for moving, with the legs going in an ingenuous little holder [leg caddy] complete with handle, it was perfectly convenient to move about on an ATV. An accessory storage box is available for it, which can hold all the paraphernalia, such as a laser rangefinder, binocular, sandbag rest, water bottle or whatever. And then the accessory box is stout enough to use for a seat - even stout enough to withstand my carcass. It is no exaggeration to say Royal's bench contributed significantly to the success of my trip. I know this for certain because on the first morning I tried shooting prone from a mat and had to stop and stand up often to work the cramps out of my neck muscles...
Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Benches offers portable bench for serious shooters - Stukeys offers a portable shooting bench for field use. The bench uses a unique socket and floating nut plate arrangement to facilitate a solid lockup between the legs and bench frame. The triangular frame is constructed of angular steel and all metal parts are powder coated. The top is cabinet grade plywood and coated for weather resistance. Accommodates both right- and left-hand shooters. For more information contact: Stukey's Sturdy Shooting Benches. Web: www.shootingbenches.com.
One major problem in handloading is testing rifle loads. Many experts claim the only way to truly test handloads for accuracy is off a very solid benchrest. The ideal is a concrete bench, but a really heavy wooden bench (like the one at the private range I share with a friend) constructed with 6 x 6 legs and weighing 150 pounds or so also works well - especially if it's mounted on buried cinder blocks.
However, many handloaders sometimes prefer a portable bench. We might be shooting prairie dogs, for instance, at extreme ranges, or perhaps we want to test handloads at ranges beyond the standard distances available at public ranges. For instance, I belong to the Broadwater County Rod & Gun Club, which has a fine rifle range (complete with concrete benches) with target butts from 100 to 1,000 yards. According to the range rules, however, any target past 200 yards can only be used when a range officer is present. This is for safety reasons. Somebody might start shooting at 100 yards, unaware that somebody else is switching targets way out there.
The only time a range officer is present is either on sighting-in days in the fall or when a match is being held. Neither is the right time to test a bunch of handloads at 300+ yards, so I generally head for some other open land. Here the obvious problem is a solid shooting bench.
I've tried a bunch of supposed solutions, including shooting off the tailgate of a Ford F150 pickup. The tailgate actually worked better than any of the portable benches tried, but an average Montana breeze tends to rock a pickup some.
All that changed when I tried Stukey's Sturdy Shooting Bench. Royal is a Montana cowboy who, like me, was disenchanted with other portable benches so built his own. They've been mentioned before in Wolfe magazines, and as a matter of fact Editor Dave Scovill helped Royal on a couple of minor points.
But Scovill is notorious for shooting iron-sighted black-powder rifles. These, of course, can be astonishingly accurate, but most rifle shooters these days are into scopes, smokeless and little-bitty groups. The question at hand: Just how sturdy is the Stukey?
To answer this I set it up next to the aforementioned 150-pound wooden bench. I've shot five-shot groups off the honker that averaged around .2 inch, using carefully constructed handloads in a super-accurate varmint rifle, so it's very steady.
The test would be a series of groups with the same rifle, a heavy-barreled Remington 700 .223 Remington. The plan was to shoot 100-yard groups alternately off each bench, then average them. Shooting alternately during the same basic weather conditions with the same ammunition would give a good idea of how the 65-pound Stukey compared to a permanent bench.
This setup was easy, unlike those of some "fold-up" portable benches. The Stukey consists of a varnished plywood top, reinforced underneath by a three-corner steel frame with a heavy bolt welded at each corner. The three legs (a tripod is the steadiest leg arrangement) are heavy steel pipes that screw onto each bolt. It took less than five minutes to set the table up the very first time.
I'd just used the same rifle on a prairie dog shoot and forgotten that it had ended up sighted in for 400 yards. I had a partial 50-round box of the excellent Black Hills Ammunition (www.black-hills.com) used in the shoot and planned to shoot three, five-shot groups from each bench. By the time the rifle was sighted in again at 100 yards, however, I only had enough left to shoot three, three-shot groups from each bench. These aren't nearly as statistically reliable as five-shot groups.
This seemed to be reflected in the results. The Stukey bench beat the heck out of the permanent bench, with an average group of .38 inch versus .63 inch off the permanent bench. The Stukey average was helped considerably by one .18 cloverleaf. (If these groups don't sound too impressive, consider that they were shot on a breezy afternoon with a rifle that hadn't been cleaned for over 400 rounds. My other agenda was to once again prove that, with a good barrel and good ammunition, we rifle loonies clean our rifles far more often than necessary.)
So I went home and loaded the Black Hills cases (Winchester) with the rifle's favorite varmint load, which I suspect is very similar to the Black Hills load: 26.0 grains of Ramshot TAC, a CCI BR4 benchrest primer and the 50-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip.
The next afternoon was also breezy, and I still hadn't cleaned the rifle. The three, five-shot groups from the permanent bench averaged .79 inch, while the three, five-shot groups from the Stukey bench averaged .73 inch. The dang thing beat the permanent bench again! I still cannot claim that the Stukey bench is sturdier than a permanent bench twice as heavy, but it has proven plenty close enough for me - especially after using it to fire several groups in the 2-inch range at 300 yards with several favorite big game rifles.
You can order Stukey's Sturdy Shooting Bench with a handy accessory, the Contico Shooter's Box/Seat. This tough plastic box holds anything you need for a day of shooting, while doubling as a shooting stool. And the cardboard carton the Stukey bench gets shipped in also works darn well as a portable target frame! For more information, contact Stukey's Sturdy Shooting Benches or go online at www.shootingbenches.com
Excerpt from the article"The .45-70: Tough, Tenacious and Testy" - ...Anyone doing much serious testing of rifles and/or developing handloads knows how important a bench is. I have been using Stukey's Sturdy Shooting Bench, a high quality take down bench with a 40" x 32" top and three heavy duty screw-in legs made of threaded steel pipe. Sturdy is the proper word for this unit, weighing 65 pounds; however it breaks down without tools into the 30-pound spar urethane-coated plywood top and a bundle of legs weighing 35 pounds. It's cut out for both left hand and right hand shooters on one end and I turn it completely around to use the square end for testing sixguns. The seat is a heavy-duty Shooter's Box which translates to storage for a lot of necessary equipment. Mine now carries my chronograph as well as other often-used accessories. Both are now permanent fixtures in the back of my covered pick-up bed.
Stukey’s Sturdy Shooting Benches - I am fortunate to have my shooting bench just a few steps from my house; unfortunately not everyone has this luxury and must rely on public or private ranges. Many of these “ranges” are more of a plinking place as they are void of good solid benches necessary to evaluate loads or rifles, and many folks shoot across the hood of their cars. For those faced with this dilemma, a solid, portable shooting bench makes sense.
One of the slickest around is available from Stukey’s Sturdy Shooting Benches, as it is simple, solid and works. It features three legs that are made of heavy 1 7/8 inch steel tubing and are welded with a 5/8 inch bolt that threads into the frame by hand. There are steel collars that assist in making the legs solid, even when they are only tightened by hand. There is a handle welded onto one of the legs and on the bottom of the bench top, so that when it is disassembled the legs and top can be bundled and carried. All hardware has been finished in a tough black powder coating.
The top is made of ¾ inch plywood and measures 32 inches wide by 40 inches long. There are cutouts on each side for right or left-hand shooters, and it is finished with a weather resistant spar urethane. It takes just one or two minutes to set up or take down.
The Stukey bench includes a Contico portable workbox that serves as a seat and is useful for storing range accessories such as targets, tools or ammunition.
This bench works well and being easy to disassemble and transport, it’s sure to catch on with varmint shooters or anyone who needs a portable bench.
Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Benches – While Clair (Rees) was up in the Utah desert working with portable shooting benches, we had another outfit ship a bench to the home office in Prescott. The Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Bench (SSSB) is well made, consisting of tubular black-powder coated legs that screw into the recessed mounts on the bench. The AC plywood top is secured to the A-frame support with screws, about 14 by actual count. The bench was shipped with rubber bands made out of inner tubes, one of which broke, so the legs were taped together with shipping tape – another great use for all that duct tape some folks acquired recently. Both the bench top and one leg have handles for easy carrying. I didn’t weigh the SSSB, but it would appear to hit the scales somewhere between 50 and 60 pounds.
The bench top has ample space to accommodate a rifle rest and rear butt rest with room to spare for chronograph, ammunition, spotting scope or whatever else. If the Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane coating has any drawbacks, it’s slick and tends to cause the bench top to slide on the carpet when transporting from home to shooting area in the back of the Ramcharger or Bronco. You can turn the top over so the leg mounts are resting on the carpet, but that puts divots in the upholstery. This might not be a problem if you cart this outfit around in the back of a pickup, but rest assured, it will slide around if not secured with bungee cords, rope or whatever.
In actual use, the SSSB is easy to set up, extremely stout and a very steady shooting platform – no wobble, no shake, no movement, period.
Considering the overall design and materials, the SSSB is worth the asking price. The frame and legs simply are not going to wear out. Even if the plywood top goes to pot in 10 years, it can be easily replace. In short this bench is going to last most folks a lifetime, even if you shoot once a week or more.
If I were to attempt to improve on the SSSB, it would be to cut a few shallow .50-inch wide grooves in the plywood top from front to back, along the left edge. The grooves would serve to keep cartridge cases from rolling off the bench, which invariable land in the dirt and mud. You could also lay a pen or pencil in the groove between strings for note-taking in a range log. I would also cut the left rear corner back just a bit, somewhat parallel to the angle of the support next to the rear leg, to keep the round corner from gouging the shooter in the ribs when settling in behind the rifle. If you shoot from the left side, the right rear corner would be trimmed back just a bit. Either way, it is plywood and easily adapted to a custom fit.
The storage box/seat is listed at $30 (plus shipping), and while I have gotten by for the last dozen years with a slightly smaller box of similar construction, I have to pack a separate collapsible lawn chair with my present setup using a similar sized bench with folding legs. Either way, the SSSB box is a great idea and well worth the price, if for no other reason than to keep all your shooting gear together, out of the weather and readily accessible.
I suppose the ultimate compliment I can pay to the SSSB is that it is perfectly capable of serving as a platform for mounting a Ransom Pistol Rest – on a separate platform that is bolted or C-clamped to the top of the bench. Anyone who has ever tried to mount the Ransom Pistol Rest on a portable bench knows exactly what I’m referring to. Most portable rests bounce, wiggle or vibrate, causing spurious results with the handgun of choice. If the SSSB does have a tendency to back up or move just a bit while settling in with the Ransom Pistol Rest, a couple of sandbags on top of the bench will calm it down posthaste – but the SSSB is stout enough to handle the chore easily.
Overall the SSSB is a great setup for the serious shooter, and I’ve fought a lot of bad benches over the years. There is simply nothing to be gained by trying to get the best out of your rifle or sixgun when the bench vibrates or wiggles every time you pull the trigger. Other than a concrete pad, the SSSB should fill the bill.
(*Note: At Dave Scovill’s suggestion, we’ve changed the rubber band material to surgical tubing. Thanks for the great idea Dave!)
Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Benches – I have received the loan of one of Royal Stukey’s portable shooting benches. I heard of it a little late to include it in our prairie dog outings this year, but I have had the opportunity to set it up on my rimfire range in the front yard, and to use it in some long range field test.
This is a “Made in Montana” product. When you find this official label on any product you can pretty safely bet it is made by good honest folks with real American know how and work ethic.
I found this man and his product to be no exception.
The bench has an underframe of steel that is made of one and a half inch by two by 1/8 heavy gauge angle iron, nearly impossible to bend. On that is placed a top of Urethane finished A/C laminated wood about three quarters of an inch thick. The triangular frame gives full support to the top.
The frame has sockets for three legs, angled properly for rigid, no wiggle stance. The sockets contain “floating nut plates” that receive the 5/8 NC threaded bolts centered in the end of each 2” leg. When they are screwed in tight, the shoulders of the 2” legs butt up against the shoulders of the leg sockets for absolutely rigid contact.
All metal is finished in powder coated black, a very durable steel finish.
Bottoms of the legs are neatly capped and welded for no dirt accumulation.
Testing indicates that the unit is nearly wiggle free, as it requires considerable force to produce detectable movement. Only a stationary unit set in concrete could be more stable. He includes a picture of four units supporting a ¾ ton pick-up. Now don’t ask me how in the heck he lifted that truck up onto the benches!
Shooting style differs for each of us. I find the standard bench rests at our shoots to be just a trifle high for my best hold. I stand 5’10. My personal portable bench is 30 inches tall. The Stukey bench is 36 inches ground to top. I called Royal and asked him how the heck tall he was. “6’1,” says he.
This was not his basis for selecting the height. He explained his “arms flat, heart between the edges” method of shooting, which made sense. It is built for the average person.
The weight, assembled, is 65 pounds. The top, which has a comfortable carrying handle, weighs 30 pounds, the bundles legs about 35 pounds.
Royal also sells a Contico box that will hold up to 250 pounds of accessories. This is the seat he uses and recommends. It is strong and durable. The seat stands 20 inches tall. I prefer about 18 inches for comfort. Again, it is all in style and build.
I would prefer about 6 inches off each leg, making it more to my personal liking, and which might remove about 6 pounds from the weight of the bundled legs. By the way, one leg has an attached carry handle to make the bundle comfortable to tote. Strong rubber bands are included to secure the bundle. No changes that I would prefer for my personal use have anything to do with the quality or general usefulness of the products.
If you are looking for the strongest, most stable portable shooting bench made, the Stukey bench is probably it. And it is nice looking, too.
Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Bench - Royal Stukey of Garryowen, Montana, is manufacturing a portable shooting bench to fill the need for a shooting bench stable enough for the most demanding shooting situations, yet easily transported and stored. Unlike most portable benches that rely on pipe threads, bolts or pins to hold the legs in position, the Stukey bench uses a unique socket arrangement to facilitate a solid, no-wobble lockup between the legs and bench frame.
The frame is constructed of angular steel forming a triangle with three sockets. Each socket has a floating nut plate that retains the massive 2-inch steel legs. All permanent joints are MIG welded, and all metal parts are generously powder coated for years of trouble-free service. The replaceable top is constructed of ¾ inch AC plywood and heavily coated with marine spar urethane for weather resistance. It is conveniently designed to accommodate both right and left handed shooters.
The triangle leg design accommodates any irregularities in the terrain, and the spacious top (40x32 inches) will easily hold a rest, rear bag, ammunition, spotting scope, etc. Once at the range, the bench sets up in less than one minute, without tools. Take down is simply the reverse of setup. The assembled unit weight 70 pounds. The top and leg bundles are both designed with a carrying handle for ease of transport, and the entire unit will fit in the trunk of most small cars.
The bench is designed to be compatible with a Contico Shooters Box that doubles as a seat and has more than enough room for your rest, bags and accessories.
Stukey’s Sturdy Shooting Bench is a rock-solid, portable shooting bench, no matter what your shooting discipline. It would be a great asset to anyone involved in the quest for greater shooting accuracy.
Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Bench - Last year after I had pretty well equipped my woodworking shop with all kinds of nice machines, I made a wonderful solid oak shooting bench. Nothing was spared. Trouble was, after it was finished it wasn’t worth a darn for shooting. Two hundred pounds of bolted and screwed oak just weren’t designed properly. When Royal Stukey contacted me about his new portable shooting bench I was very interested. So along it came in a rather large and pretty heavy box via UPS. When I unpacked this jewel I was really impressed. A heavy welded steel triangle forms the top frame and has a welded steel handle on it for ease of carrying. The legs are about two inches in diameter and are heavy walled tubing. These legs are bundled together with rubber straps with one leg having a carrying handle welded in place. The whole unit weighs about 75 pounds but is easy to carry in two pieces. All the steel components are powder coated for rust resistance and the plywood top is heavily varnished with polyurethane.
Once set up, which takes about 30 seconds, the tripod design takes care of any irregularities in the terrain and is absolutely rock solid. One of the smart features of Stukey’s design is the threaded legs which fit into sockets in the top frame assembly. Instead of just relying on the 5/8” threaded bolts for rigidity, the legs are firmly pulled up into the sockets making for a very solid assembly. The replaceable plywood top is a good idea as well. Most of the front rests have rather pointed legs that tend to dig into wood and it may be necessary to replace the top at some time in the future. As a final and very practical touch, the bench uses a Contico tool box that is the perfect height for this bench. Not only is it a great stool, but it’s light and holds all you “stuff”.
The picture in his ad on page 9 shows me sitting in the middle of the bench, it could easily hold three more adults or more, it’s that solid. This is without question the penultimate shooting bench.
Stukeys Sturdy Shooting Bench - One thing I have been meaning to do for quite a few year is make myself a solid, portable shooting bench. I have designed one in my head but never seemed to find the time to get it built. Well, a feller named Royal Stukey has solved my dilemma by manufacturing what I consider to be the best portable shooting bench on the market today. Royal is a rifleman and knows what is required of a bench to insure best results.
The bench itself is made from well-fit tubular steel and laminated plywood. All permanent joints are welded and the detachable legs are precision fit for a solid, no-wobble bench. The plywood top has a heavy finish to resist weathering and the steel frame and legs are powder coated. Royal has designed the top for either right or left hand use and the whole thing breaks down into a very portable package.
This bench is just the thing for shooters who travel to different shooting matches and want to be assured that they will have a useable bench rest when they get there. Varmint hunters will also like the portability of the Stukey bench rest. This is an extremely well built product and quite frankly, if you have ever built something along these lines, you’ll recognize in a minute the Stukey bench is an extremely good value.
Royal has built the bench to be compatible with a storage box/seat that works well for storing your bench rest and other paraphernalia… Yep, that’s right, no phone, no email address. Royal and his wife Jeanie are country folks…and that means doing business the old-time way. Drop Royal a line if you are in the market for a solid, well-made shooting bench.
(*Note: this article refers to an old address. We’ve come a long way as far as phones, email, and the web. Thanks Steve for your help and encouragement in the beginning!)