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Adjustable Cheek Rest

Postby mcgyvermark » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:29 pm

I originally purchased my Exocet with an Excalibur cheek piece and although it is a wonderful little cheek rest, my line of sight was a good inch low of the center of the scope when I was settled into a comfortable cheek weld. The same was true of the foam pipe insulation trick discussed elsewhere on the forum.

After some research I decided to bite the bullet (carbon shaft?) and buy a commercial cheek rest made for rifle stocks. It is quite ugly but it is functionally gorgeous.
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Using a couple of shims made out of 3/4" resin board the cheek rest fits the Excalibur stock wonderfully and gives me the height I've been needing for solid alignment with the reticule .
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There are couple of versions of this available on the market. This one is made out of Kydex material that has some texture molded in that provides a nice surface for a cheek weld plus it is shipped with a patch neoprene foam that can be glued on if preferred. It also comes with the necessary hardware and 1/4" drill.
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Although I will probably change out the thumb screws with the included low profile Allen screws once I'm done playing around with the adjustment, I find that I can still shoot either right or left handed without the thumb screws interfering when set at this height.

Prior to drilling holes in the stock I jammed some camping mattress pad foam under the rest and this allowed me to test fit the rest for the best location front to back.
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When installing these on rifles, the location is critical to ensure there is room to operate and remove the bolt action. On the Excalibur one needs to be a little more careful to remove the cocking rope between the reduced gap between the scope and cheek rest but it is not really a problem. I am suspicious that it could interfere with C2 cranking aid though.

I'm sure a different material could be used between the stock and rest for a neater installation but I used what I had at the moment.

For others like me, who have a facial bone structure that begs for a higher cheek rest than what the Excalibur rest provides, I highly recommend trying one of these, of course you are on your own when drilling holes in your stock. :( Maybe Excalibur could develop one of their own (lighter installation and camo pattern!)

Between this cheek rest and Excalibur's stock extension (which I recently added), it is like shooting a whole new bow. I'm hoping this will take my mind off the Matrix for awhile. :wink:
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Re: Adjustable Cheek Rest

Postby strum » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:00 pm

I think it a pretty neat rig you got there man...
i like the adjustability of it
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Re: Adjustable Cheek Rest

Postby maine hunter » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:15 pm

:D that looks good, great job!!
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Re: Adjustable Cheek Rest

Postby Masboy » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:26 pm

good job! most defiantly a need for an Excalibur adj. cheek piece! I been using them on trap guns for years.
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Re: Adjustable Cheek Rest

Postby JT of PA » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:03 pm

Nice work ... McGyver indeed. :D
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Re: Adjustable Cheek Rest

Postby j.krug » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:44 pm

Well done. Very ingeneous and it looks great. If you don't care for the black you could probably get it camo dipped to match your bow a bit better. :)
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Re: Adjustable Cheek Rest

Postby Pegasus » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:19 pm

Nice job, try painting the wood blocks black it may clean up the look a bit
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