Base for Shadetree top?

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  1. Hammer0419

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    I had originally posted suggestions for a front rest. From the few responses I believe buying the Shadetree joystick top and a base are the way to go on a budget. I see many use the Bald Eagle. However you can only use the slingshot due to joystick hitting the rear leg screw?? Is that the case? Is a Sinclair Heavy Varmint a better choice? Is a speed screw necessary with a joystick top? All help is appreciated. Thanks
     
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    That is not true. Butch used to supply a low profile leg to replace the factory rear leveling screw. Perhaps someone tried using the Shadetree top with a speedscrew installed in the rear leg. That won't work, besides it being a superfluous idea. Ditto on the BE tri-pod version. I used a BE tri-pod/ Shadetree combination for 3 seasons of comp. and never experienced any interference.
     
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    The Sinclair Heavy Varmint is only about $30 more than the BE. Decisions?
     
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    I have the newer heavy varmint, with the AP top. I was hoping it will work on it. How much does the Shadetree top run?
     
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    $400 with shipping
     
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    I'm just trying to figure which is a better rest? BE charges shipping and Sinclair is free so not much of a price difference
     
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    I like my varmints weight. Almost as much as the Farley’s weight.
    Thanks for the price.
    Nothing like having 2 rests.. one for comp, other for company, at half price of the other..
     
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    The BE non-windage rests are $165 + shipping and your choice of alum. or cast iron and triangle or slingshot. The Sinclair Heavy Bench non windage rest is $299 + ~$8 order fee (IIRC) shipped. I would not get the Sinclair lightweight rest.The BE's are a much better rest than the Sinclair lightweight, and the Sinclair Heavy is a better rest than the BE's. However, IMO it is not $100 better.
     
  11. Hammer0419

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    BE IS $180 SHIPPED. Sinclair is $229 shipped. Worth $50 more?? Thanks
     
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    OK. I stand corrected. You are solely interested in a base only and a Shadetree top. The BE rests have a rack and pinion for quick elevation change- a feature I like.The Sinclair heavy does not have that feature. I have 3 BE's, never used a Sinclair rest so I can't give an opinion on their ergonomics.
     
  13. Hammer0419

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    Ok fair enough. That would be $50 towards bags!!
     
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    Protektor bags. All the others are garbage (except Edgewood -too expensive)
     
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    Sounds good. Thanks
     
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    Well I finally got around to unpackaging my new shadetree top and bald eagle rest. Super happy with my purchase. For the $ the rest is an absolute steal. Love the rack n pinion feature. The shadetree top is just awesome. Now hopefully i can try it out next weekend weather permitting.
     
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    Glad you like it. Just do periodic maintenance on the BE rest by cleaning out the old grease and re-lubing. And remember to tighten all the knobs before shooting:)
     
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    I did notice it came WELL greased. Will do so thank you.
     
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    Does anybody know of a source for just a rest base?
     
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    I think, grizzly.com
     

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