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Old April 16th, 2018, 01:01 AM #1
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Lead Sleds

How many here actually use them and how often?

I have the Lead Sled Plus. I bought it about four years ago but never took it out of the box until last Friday. I put it together and will take it to the range ASAP. I'll use 2 25 lb. dumbbells to weigh it down.
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I use mine whenever I am sighting in a new rifle or scope, or rechecking zero. I bought mine off amazon several yrs back on one of their lightning deals.
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I use mine whenever I am sighting in a new rifle or scope, or rechecking zero. I bought mine off amazon several yrs back on one of their lightning deals.
Have you ever compared the lead sled zero to your shoulder fired zero?
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I have one to help control variables when comparing reloading recipes. I was expecting to just punch loads through the same hole without having to adjust the aim after each shot. Thatís not how it works. Even with a 25lb weight the thing still bounces around after each shot.
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Have you ever compared the lead sled zero to your shoulder fired zero?
I have. It's close enough with my mini 14 that 3 chicken-eatin foxes are no longer around this spring.
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Have you ever compared the lead sled zero to your shoulder fired zero?
Precisely why I don't like lead sleds. Especially if it's used to zero a hunting rifle.

I want my cheek weld, my flinch, my trigger pull, and all those other human variables built into my zero. A lead sled is just too artificial a zero for me.

Unless the lead sled were to be taken hunting, then I'd zero in using one.

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I found that the zero really changed for my slug gun but that it makes little difference for ARs and .243. But then, those don't beat up my shoulder either so there is little reason to use the lead sled....
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I have. It's close enough with my mini 14 that 3 chicken-eatin foxes are no longer around this spring.
A lot depends on the rifle, but I tell people a lead sled is second to the last step to zeroing a rifle. Shoulder fire from a rest should be the last step.
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Precisely why I don't like lead sleds. Especially if it's used to zero a hunting rifle.

I want my cheek weld, my flinch, my trigger pull, and all those other human variables built into my zero. A lead sled is just too artificial a zero for me.

Unless the lead sled were to be taken hunting, then I'd zero in using one.

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This is exactly the point I was getting at. It has as much to do with barrel resonation and recoil.

Also, ever hear or read stories where somebody borrowed somebody else's rifle and couldn't hit a thing with it? The owner of the gun tries it and finds it is still dead on?
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I use them for mounting, leveling, and boresighting only. NOT to finalize a zero.
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