I'm happy you and your friend has had good luck. I do however, respectfully disagree with you about it being the same has your body gaining weight. Your body is soft tissue, which absorbs some of the energy.That is the opposite of my experience. I have used one for years - not because I am a "sissy", but because I want to verify the most accurate load and sight setting for my rifles. I have used one on every rifle I own up through .404 with never an issue with a stock, scope, or shoulder. I even use it with my Blaser S2 in testing new loads in .375 or 500-416 - though I will admit the Blaser is different than other doubles in that regard. In any case, that amounts to thousands of rounds that I have personally fired. I should note, when I actually practice it is off the sticks or from field positions.
I should add, I rarely find any meaningful difference between the sight-in group from the sled and the impact point from any field position. Again, that is based upon many thousands of rounds from many different rifles.
I admit you have me on the Simmons scope - I have never owned one. But my Leica, Swaro, Zeiss, and Leupold scopes have never had an issue. Not once.
A very good friend is in the reloading and load development business and shoots tens of thousands of rounds annually working up loads for client's rifles. He uses a lead sled on everything but doubles. He too has never had a damaged stock or scope. Something that would be decidedly bad for business.
I am sure you "verified" the damage they cause. I simply offer the observations of someone with a decade plus of extensive experience actually using one.
I've already mentioned twice, they are fantastic rests without the weight.
As to the scope, the Aetec was given to me with the purchase of the rifle. I had already taken the sled out for a customer, so after I closed the store, I tried it. I never tried it with my Zeiss, or any others.
I'm not the only one that has seen the problems. Google "Damage from Lead Sled" and you will find pages galore. So on that note, we can agree to disagree.
Took 2 mins to find a list of issues, and Field and stream wrote about it too. So don't try to make it sound like I'm a lone wolf running about trying to bash this miracle product lol
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