My local club has matches where using shooting sticks is permitted, so I need to make a pair, have seen numerous variations, so would like to see images of what you use, and why you think it works best for you.
Perfect reply. Do decide where and how you will use your sticks before making them. Years ago, at Friendship and elsewhere, I used to carry jugs of water to soak the ground then dig a hole for my sticks and set them in the dirt which dried and hardened to hold them. These days that would be a big no-no. BTW, if you are young and healthy, the X-stick or Buffalo matches are great fun and highly competitive but too much work for us old pot bellies.You might want to check with your club to see if they have any requirements. The NMLRA has specs for authorized sticks that are pointed at the bottom but do not allow nails or other methods of anchoring the sticks so you have to set them up for each shot. If your club does not care or has no requirements, hardwood with a strip of leather glued to the inside surface of the stick to protect the rifle above the joint and nails in the bottom of the sticks work well. The nails allow you to adjust and set the sticks for the match so you don't have to set them up and adjust shot by shot. You will appreciate the one time set up more as you 'mature'.
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