How to Make a Rifle Rear Bean Bag

Written by sam eggleston
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Using a rear bean bag for your rifle's butt to rest on while shooting is an excellent way to improve accuracy. Not only are they simple to carry around with you, but they are simple to use and even easier to make.

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Things you need

  • Garbage bag
  • Scissors
  • Rice or beans
  • Twist tie
  • Tape
  • Calf sock
  • Needle and thread

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    Cut the garbage bag. Start by taking a garbage bag--it doesn't matter if you use a kitchen, flex or lawn bag. Measure about 12 inches from the bottom and cut across, using the scissors. Repeat the process if you want to double bag your rice/beans and make the inner bag more water-resistant.

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    Fill the bag. Using either rice or beans, it does not matter which, fill the garbage bag up about eight inches. Leave plenty of room to tie off the bag and for the rice/beans to be able to spread out in the bag. Close the opening of the bag and hold it with your hand. Twist the bag with the other until the bag is completely closed and twisted shut, creating a "neck" between your hand and the bag. Take your twist tie, wrap it around the neck and twist it until it is tight. Tape the top of the bag to the body.

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    Encase the bag. Since garbage bags are not the most durable material--they are actually made to be torn open while being processed at landfills--they have a tendency to tear open. To prevent this from happening, slide the bag inside an old, but clean sock. Trim the sock to a length that fits the bean bag you have created and then sew the opening closed. Tie off the stitching, snip the extra thread and you are ready to go.

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    Utilise the bag. The rear bean bag sets on the ground, or shooting table, where the bottom of the butt of your rifle will be set. It gives the butt a steady resting place for shooting from the seated or prone position. Since the bag you have created is water-resistant, you can even use the bag during inclement weather conditions without worrying about making a mess out of the rice/beans inside by getting them wet.

Tips and warnings

  • Double bagging the interior will make the bag more useful in inclement conditions.
  • Spray with Scotch Guard to secure the water resistance.
  • If your bag does get ripped and the beans or rice get wet, just snip open the threads at the end of the sock, empty the interior bag and reassemble using new bags and new rice or beans.

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