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Sandbag Packing Material

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#1 Mrdeeds

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Posted June 03 2015 - 02:58 PM

Just ordered a rear stock sandbag for my .308. I have read allot of material about what to pack/not pack it with for filler. I may have thought of the ultimate solution, or the dumbest idea ever.....

Silica Gel!!!! You know those little beads that come in your shoes and backpacks..... it removes humidity/moisture. If I packed my sandbag with this, and kept it in my gun case would that be beneficial to the gun? would it be harmful? Im curious to read the responses.

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#2 brirodg

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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:12 PM

I think that stuff costs quite a bit. Filling a sandbag with it might prohibitively expensive.

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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:13 PM

Nah. Buy unscented gel bead kitty litter.

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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:15 PM

Is sand for a sandbag out?
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#5 Mrdeeds

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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:30 PM

not at all lol. Sand is free at the beach :)
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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:48 PM

The point of sandbags is to have some weight, so filling with sand only makes sense.

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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:52 PM

Josey Whales didn't use sand bags.
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#8 Mad Russian

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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:53 PM

Josey Whales didn't use sand bags.

He didn't use deodorant either, what's your point?

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Posted June 03 2015 - 03:53 PM

15 bucks for 5 pounds for silica gel (granular silicone dioxide).
However remember it can absorb 40% moisture by weight. It is very light and will compact and shift under pressure and a denser material like sand is much better suited for this purpose. So I don't see light, shifting silica gel as an effective option.
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Posted June 03 2015 - 04:35 PM

He didn't use deodorant either, what's your point?

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My point is, he didn't need any sand bags to shoot a stinking gun.

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Posted June 03 2015 - 04:49 PM

My point is, he didn't need any sand bags to shoot a stinking gun.

OK... So what's your point in regards to the subject matter of what to fill sandbags with?
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Posted June 03 2015 - 04:55 PM

I was told by an old timer many years ago that the very best thing to use is "olivine sand".
I never did find any, but am still curious enough to try, should I stumble across some.

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Posted June 03 2015 - 05:03 PM

If it's a benchrest style bag most guys use what's called bag sand. Sinclair and Brownells both sell it. It's a dense sand that's coated so it will flow.

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Posted June 03 2015 - 05:23 PM

Corncob media FTW.

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Posted June 03 2015 - 05:25 PM

How about ashes from a cremated liberal. My macabre humor would find it delightful that some anti's eternity would be spent on a shooting range. When the bag deteriorates the contents go to the litter box or the ranges backstop.
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#16 Mad Russian

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Posted June 03 2015 - 05:26 PM

Corncob media FTW.

Just don't get it wet, or you'll have a disgusting moldy mess.

Seriously, WTF is wrong with just plain old, run of the mill, ordinary, common, every day sand?
Why does this even merit pages of discussion over some exotic fill for an effing sand bag. The same effing sand bags I make from the legs of old jeans and a couple of zip ties?
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Posted June 03 2015 - 05:36 PM

Real men and women use steel shot.
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Posted June 03 2015 - 05:53 PM

Real men and women use steel shot.

Tried that once. Need a hand truck to move it. Kidding aside it was very heavy. If you use sand would it be better to put it in a Heavy duty garbage then in the sand bag to keep the fine sand from working thru the outer bag,

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Posted June 03 2015 - 06:19 PM

Real men and women use steel shot.

Only the manliest of men use lead shot.
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Posted June 03 2015 - 06:32 PM

OK... So what's your point in regards to the subject matter of what to fill sandbags with?


You fill sand bags with sand. Geeze
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