Caldwell Lead Sled Plus Review

Caldwell Lead Sled Plus Rifle Rest

Caldwell Lead Sled Plus Rifle Rest












  • Accommodates any type of weight, including barell weights and weight bags.
  • Holds up to 100 lbs of weight.
  • Non-marring rubber feet.
  • Reduces recoil by up to 95%.


  • Does not have windage adjustments

Below you can read our Caldwell Lead Sled Plus Review

With so many shooting rests to choose from finding the right one for you can be confusing. If you are looking for a high performance gun rest at an affordable price, then maybe this review of the Lead Sled Plus can help you make the right decision. The Caldwell Plus comes with a sturdy build and is designed to reduce recoil while being comfortable to shoot. Capable to reduce recoil from virtually all rifles, this affordable Caldwell rifle rest might be exactly what you are looking for.

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  • Frame material: Steel
  • Weight tray capacity: Up to 100 pounds
  • Length: 27 inches
  • Width: 12 inches
  • Weight: Approximately 15 pounds

Caldwell Lead Sled Plus Features and Build

The Lead Sled Plus incorporates all that you want in a good shooting rest, including a filled forend shooting rest sack and even the proper devices for assembly. Simply assembly (really easy), include weight and begin shooting. It is a superb rest for long guns, including the most intense powerful rifles.

You must experience the recoil reduction to understand the power of a Lead Sled while shooting or sighting. To help reduce the recoil you can add up to 100 pounds of weight, but its not necessary. Typically I use two 25 pound bags(or less) of lead shot on my Lead Sleds when testing centerfire rifles. This makes shooting powerful rifles and slug guns a pleasure, rather than a chore.

Like all Lead Sleds models, you must secure your rifle against the rest in a solid manner to reach the best accuracy. Changing the pressure you put into the Lead Sled will modify the point of bullet impact – POI. Use the adjustments provided to achieve precise aim. Try not to “bear down” on the shooting rest to center the crosshairs exactly on the target, as this will influence the POI and increase your group size. I suggest to set the regulable rear foot nearly the correct height and then make your final elevation settlement using the front elevation ram. Windage adjustments have to be done by moving the Lead Sled Plus left and right. If a windage adjustment is important to you, check out the Lead Sled DFT or FCX models.

Caldwell Lead Sled Plus with my rifle

The Caldwell Plus tray is very roomy, being able to accommodate up to 100 pounds of weight.


The Lead Sled Plus Recoil Reductor Performance

I bought the lead sled plus to sight in my Ruger All American .270 and my CVA 50 cal muzzleloader. Worked great on both of them. The recoil is very minimum with only 20 pounds. Sighted in both guns in under 4 shots. After we sited in my .270 we got a laser boresighter and sighted in my muzzleloader with 2 shots. Amazing product and works in rain or shine. Sighted my muzzleloader in the rain and the leadsled worked like a champ. Warm or cold temps don’t matter either. Sighted In guns where our fingers froze and the lead sled held up amazing. One downside to the gun is some Dumbbells do not fit in the tray. And I took a strap and put it on the stock behind the scope to hold the muzzleloader down because it does want to kick up. With more weight in the tray this may not be a problem but I only had 10 pounds. Still a great product and worth every penny. Very universal and easy to assemble and use.


The Lead Sled Plus does work very well. The gun could be fired all day long without the pain of recoil. I sighted in my 12 gauge, with iron sights, with absolutely no problems. I did not flinch at all. The Sled is very solid and well made. It is very easy to adjust the front forearm support for the gun with its accurate dial.



Will the Lead Sled Plus really reduce recoil?

Sure! The Lead Sled was built precisely to eliminate recoil. The efficiency of the design was proven through vast testing.

Will the Lead Sled Plus Damage my stock or my scope?

Absolutely no! With the weight capacity of 100 pounds, the rest will in no way cause any type of damage in your gun or scope. The shooting rest mostly mimic the role of your shoulder absorbing and transferring the recoil energy through the frame.
If your gun has a metal butt end, take my advice and add some foam or any other good quality material(cloth rag) between the rear cradle and the gun butt. This will avoid the metal butt plate of screw up the rear cradle slip cover.

What should I use for weight?

Any weight that is added to the tray will reduce recoil. However, several experiments made by Caldwell and I showed that a type of weight have a superior result to the others. The lead shot, which proved much better than sand or weights in solid metal. Keep in mind that the Lead Sled Plus is designed to hold barbell weight or weight bags. I recommend something between 30 and 55 pounds of lead shot, that will help with the recoil energy reduction to the point it is not noticeable on most non-magnum rifles. For extreme magnums, up to 100 pounds can be used.

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