by Dr. Jim and Mary Clary
United States -(AmmoLand.com)- Caldwell makes a variety of rests to fit just about every shooter's requirements from the very basic Handy Rest NXT to the more sophisticated Fire Control Front Rest.
All are well made and function as they are designed.
With the addition of the Caldwell Rock BR Front Shooting Rest, there is now one for every shooting venue. Designed specifically for benchrest shooters. It incorporates a very precise elevation adjustment wheel and smooth windage adjustment cradle. As such, this rest is not only ideal for benchrest shooters but is also more than adequate for F-Class shooting.
Caldwell Rock BR Front Shooting Rest
Having said all of the above, we found it perfect for our “everyday” shooting activities at the range: Practice, sighting in a new gun or zeroing in a scope. We have accumulated several front rests over the years, some costing more than $500 and we sincerely question whether they are now worth the money. Maybe if you are a semi-pro or professional you can justify those front rest devices that look like something out of a science fiction movie, but for most of us, a solid, well-built rest like this, with an adequate, yet precise adjustment range is all that we need.
The Rock BR comes with an 3″ lobe bag which you can fill for flat forend rifles and a medium filled bag for sporter style rifle forends. The cradle is the same as is used on their Fire Control rests which feature a sturdy bag tensioning system for much improved forend stability. Very smooth and precise windage adjustments are possible on the cradle, and the ball bearing rotational system for elevation is unmatched in the industry.
The adjustment rods and feet levelers are stainless steel and the built-in level is a nice touch, saving you the trouble of bringing your own. The 15.5 pound cast iron base is very solid with its offset triangular design. Maybe that is where they got the name “Rock“?
All said and done, the Caldwell Rock BR Front Shooting Rest is an excellent rest and well worth the $239.99 price. In fact, since we received it for testing, we haven't used anything else in all of our range tests on rifles and/or practice for the fall hunts.
You can order the Caldwell Rock BR Front Shooting Rest online at Brownells.com : http://goo.gl/cqP968
About Jim and Mary Clary:
Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over three hundred and fifty articles, (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.