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I am not having much luck with buying a rifle rest......

A little while back my wife told me she wanted to order some things from the Cabelas catalog, and wanted to know if I needed anything out of there for myself. So I did a browse through and saw a couple of things. Top on the list was the Cabela's Premier Rifle Rest. They had two other cheaper models, but heck, I just sent back something el cheapo I got from Midway, so I figured let's got for the best Cabelas offers.

Anyway, I opened up the box yesterday and to say I was disappointed is a vast understatement. Well, let me copy the email I just sent to Cabela's:

I have recently received item #MD-225893 (Cabela's Premier Rifle Rest). All I can say is that I cannot remember receiving a bigger piece of junk in my life. This thing is the epitome of cheap Chinese made merchandise.

The plastic rear asjustment knob was broken off. The rear gun vise has so much play in it that it is laughable. The workmanship is crude, to say the least.

This is "premier"? People buy shooting rests because they want to do precision shooting off of a precision rest. This is an absolute piece of crap.

Please issue me a UPS call tag for this merchandise immediately. I am not going to pay for return shipping on garbage that was dumped at my door.

In the future, please indicate in your catalogs which merchandise is imported from China, otherwise I am just going to have to assume that everything you sell that is not a recognizable name brand bears the risk of being of this low quality.

Thank you.
I think I was rather kind based on what I really felt about that thing. I feel like from here on out, I have to actually ASK if something is made in China before placing my order. What is it with these companies? I mean that rifle rest was $150. It looked like it had about $10 (in Chinese dollars) worth of machine work done to it.

That adjustment knob that broke off was flimsy plastic wrapped around a bolt head. How long do you think that would have lasted even if it hadn't been broken right off the bat?

The felt that was glued to the sections where the gun would lay was a joke. It was glued on crooked as all getout and the edges of the metal supports would certainly have eventually marred the surface of the gun as that thin felt layer became compressed from use.

One good thing I did notice about it, however, was that it's weight and shape would probably have made it a rather effective boat anchor. I guess that's just what the world needs. A Chinese made adjustable boat anchor. Maybe I should resell them here in Florida.....

But anyway, Cabela's saw fit to put their brand name on this piece of junk, so I will bear that in mind if i decide to buy something from them again. If it is not a top of the line brand name, then I will just have to assume it is another Chinese made piece of crap import.
 

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Well, you know, I like the looks of your bench and rest. I like the fact that it comes with it's own seat. But I noted that your .50BMG bench & rest require the model of the rifle being used. Suppose a person has more than one .50BMG rifle, and/or wants to fire his other rifles as well? Is this setup flexible enough to work with all of these options?

I have three Barrett .50BMG rifles: Model 82A1, model 95, and model 99. Plus various and sundry other rifles that I may want to shoot on occasion. Can your product accomodate my needs?

What about weather resistance? Can your product be left outside in the elements without dramatically reducing the life span? Will rust be a problem? I assume the table itself is wood, so what about warpage over time? I have a current shooting table that is now beginning to have the laminated wood surface beginning to deteriorate from being outside. And this is actually undercover and not directly exposed to rain.

Another problem I have with my current table is that the target area is slightly downhill from my shooting position. Can the table itself be adjusted so that the back end is higher than the front end?

Anyway, thanks for the heads up, and maybe we can do some business together.
 

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another reason to not buy anything on line or from a photo in a book/news flyer.

:shrugs:

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Sometimes you don't have any other choice. Seems like every time I want something, no matter what it is, the chances of my finding it locally are so slim that I just wind up wasting gasoline running around looking for it.
 

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Actually, nearly 90 percent of all my purchases are across the internet these days. By necessity. Heck, I even bought my last car that way. Had it shipped down from New Hampshire and STILL saved money on buying it locally...... :shrugs:
 
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