Shooters need to see exactly what their gun is doing if they’re to achieve supreme accuracy. Shooting from a stable platform is key, with bench bags often the answer, suggests Mark Camoccio
Bench bags are a fantastically simple solution, yet relatively inexpensive. It’s rare that something so cheap can have such a huge impact on our results so they come highly recommended. They can be supplied prefilled but are mainly empty. BSA and Caldwell are two popular brands.
Irrespective of brand an empty bench bag will have an entry point into which can be poured the medium. I fill mine with dried split peas or lentils, which are cheap and readily available in a supermarket. They’re ideal as they can’t easily leak out like sand yet will settle and shape to the touch.
3. Fine balance
It’s important not to overfill the bag. Put enough medium inside so that the full details of the exterior shape are filled but with some space inside. The filling can thus be moulded and allowed to settle where you want it.
Trial and error will dictate the perfect location under the rifle for each bag. For fine adjustment gently squeeze both the side of the bag and the rear bag and the image will fall; pinch the front bag and the reticle will rise.