Since starting shooting I’ve been using a cheap eBay sandbag that cost me about $12. It works but is obviously not adjustable and really isn’t high enough.
I was ready to pull the trigger (lol) on a Caldwell rest of one sort or another, starting at about $85. Then I came across the SmartReloader SR300.
It was available for $49.95 at my LGS, and is at $102 on xHunter however for some reason theirs does not come with a bag which my did.
The base of the rest is cast iron which adds a good amount of weight for stability. Everything else is steel (no plastic anywhere) and overall it feels pretty solid.
In addition to being able to adjust the height via the main wheel, the metal feet are also adjustable and can add a good two cm to the height and allow you to level the rest on an uneven surface. I also appreciate that it came with a little plastic level in the box.
So having been to Eagle Park, how did it perform?
Really well. The rest was stable and didn’t rock or move around. The handle locked everything up tight and I really couldn’t have asked for more for the price.
I can 100% recommend this rest if you can find it for a good price. However, it becomes a less certain thing for the $100 that it is available for online. It is a solid, if basic rest which serves well for a casual shooter who is not taking part in serious competition shooting.
At $100 it’s main competition is the Caldwell Rock Jr which may appeal from a branding point alone and has near identical features.
Overall, I would rate this rest 8/10.