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Lead sled weight?

Over the past several seasons we have been fighting with a crappy rest that doesnt hold in place very well so we bought a Caldwell lead sled DFT. I have been reading mixed reviews on what you should do weight wise to hold the sled down. Some say the sled itself is enough weight where others are using 50-75lbs for magnum rounds. The further I dig, it seems like more weight is not the best option due to breaking stocks since the stock is absorbing all the recoil. How do you guys load up your sled?

We will be shooting in .35, 30-06, and 300 WM.
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Re: Lead sled weight?

I know that this doesn't help since you've already bought your Caldwell, but I steered away from the lead sled due to that type of possible result.

Instead, in talking to a long range bench rest shooter, went with a GOOD front rest. I got mine from Bullets.com for $165 on sale and then coupled that with a GOOD rear bag from Protektor.

I couldn't be more happy with the results. With this set up I was able to hit sub 1/4" MOA groups at 100 yards.

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Re: Lead sled weight?

I have been reading about the route you have mentioned as well. I guess you live and learn. Thanks for the suggestion
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Re: Lead sled weight?

I would suggest that you use as minimal extra weight in the sled as possible. Try it without weight and add a little as necessary. When it gets to a point where the rifle or shotgun doesn't budge the recoil has to go somewhere and usually scopes and stocks take the brunt and things start to came apart.

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Re: Lead sled weight?

I ended up ordering 2 of the standard size bags from Caldwell. Claim to hold 7lbs each of sand. This should be enough I think? Not worried about the 35 more so the 300...
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Re: Lead sled weight?

I borrowed one to sight in a 300 wby. I had a 25 pound bag of shot on it which was plenty. I would guess you could comfortably get by with half of that

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Re: Lead sled weight?

DON'T use too much weight ! The old physics lesson #1...for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction ! Older dried out wood stocks have split right were your hand crosses behind the action. If the recoil is too much without any weight add a little at a time. Place a half full sand bag between your shoulder and the butt end, that'll help and won't hurt the stock. Or, just toughen up a little !!! LOL
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The Led Sled design is problematic. You have to realize the bullet is still in the barrel during the first ~1/8 "-1/4" or so of recoil. Your zero will be different when fired from the shoulder as compared to being restrained in a Led Sled.
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