Caldwell Lead Sled and Lead Sled DFT Review

    In this episode of TFBTV, James tries out the Caldwell Lead Sled Plus and Lead Sled DFT, which were sent to him for evaluation from Caldwell. James shoots on both frames with the M4, M16, and the AK47. Check this episode of TFBTV to get his thoughts on Caldwell’s sleds.

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    Transcript ….

    – Hey guys, James again for TFB TV.

    We’ve got a nice crisp, cool 80 degree October day here in Louisiana, so I’m capitalizing on that.

    Doing some dad chores around the house, and you wouldn’t believe this but I called Caldwell to ask if I could have a Lead Sled, and you know I told them I’d do a little video, plug them because I’ve had a lot of you guys asking for a little bit more detailed accuracy tests in some of the reviews, figured I’d give it a shot.

    And when I contacted Caldwell they were super cool about it, and they were like hey man we’ll send you two.

    And here we’ve got the lead sled plus.

    Instructions, tool kit.

    (squeaking) Hey Krink.

    The Lead Sled comes to you partially assembled, it will require only a few minutes using the two provided hex keys and stamp wrench to fully assemble your rest.

    Thank you for the vote of confidence Caldwell but you guys don’t know how dumb I am.

    This is gonna take a while.

    Alright they refer to this as the frame.

    Says assemble the front weight tray to the frame.

    Sadly, not a lot of pictures in the manual.

    Just a schematic, makes it a little bit tougher for me.

    (paper crinkling) Well that actually really wasn’t that hard.

    I’ve got this thing assembled, it’s pretty well made as you’d expect.

    I mean everybody knows Caldwell’s kinda synonymous with the Lead Sled.

    And even though they bribed me, you guys just saw it was really easy to put together.

    I’m sitting here watching the game, maybe check the manual a couple of times.

    Now there weren’t as many pictures as I would have liked.

    However it was straightforward, I didn’t even really need to look at the manual and as I said I am really really dumb and bad with my hands.

    So for you guys it might take even less time.

    Let’s get this other one.

    Alright now this other box is substantially larger and heavier.

    The Lead Sled DFT, Dual Frame Technology.

    Wow this thing looks really sophisticated.

    Oh man, this is gonna be tough.

    Alright now this manual’s got more pictures, step by step.

    God, put the weight tray on backwards.

    Anyways this one the DFT was a little bit trickier, but all in all not really not that difficult to assemble either.

    Took a little bit longer than the much simpler Lead Sled plus.

    I’ll give them both a shot at the range.

    (gunshots) Alright I’ve got the Lead Sled Plus set up for this M4.

    Now you guys can see, if you’re pistol grip shooters, you might be in a little bit of trouble.

    Especially if you’re shooting prone.

    Gosh or especially if you’re shooting seated, and you’re above the ground.

    As you can see, my M4 right now is pointed kind of in an upward arc, and that’s because the pistol grip on this M4 goes right into the main support rod here on the Lead Sled Plus.

    You can make the front of the gun go up and down with this little wheel here, really nice very smooth action but at a certain point if you’re shooting a gun with a pistol grip, it’s gonna hit the support pole.

    So in order to avoid that, I’ve gotta raise it up a little.

    So to get things level what are you gonna wanna do? Well you’re gonna want to elevate the back end.

    I suppose one way to do that is to maybe stack things in the little pouch here for the stock.

    Another way is this foot in the back.

    But right there that’s about as far as it goes.

    And I think that might put us on target.

    So I gotta say guys, this Lead Sled DFT is pretty badass.

    I didn’t really understand just out of the box what it did over the Lead Sled Plus, but when you’re dialing this thing in, it’s like dialing in a medieval siege machine or something like that.

    You’ve got a crank here, that brings the front end from left to right.

    Then you’ve got a massive wheel right here that you can see lifts it up and down.

    So when you have your eyes on the reticle in the scope, you can just make these minute adjustments to get your shot on target.

    It’s pretty impressive, very very fine increments.

    (gunshot) Next up we’ve got the AK in the Lead Sled, and this is gonna be a little bit awkward and not just because of my shorts this time.

    This AK, the Banana mag you can see runs into the dual tubes on the bottom.

    So I’ve got this thing propped up, I’ve even got some wolf a box of wolf back here propping up the rear of the Lead Sled just so we can get this thing on plane.

    So it’s gonna be a little weird but I’m pretty sure the results are going to be good.

    (gunshot) Hey thanks again to Caldwell for sending me these Lead Sleds, I’ll tell you this my final thoughts on them.

    I really think that getting the Dual Frame Lead Sled is worth it.

    The ability to move the fore-end of the Lead Sled back and forth, the fine tuning adjustment and really having the two tubes so you can have a magazine slip between them instead of riding on top of them, or your pistol grip for example, it makes a huge difference.

    So for me, you know at first I was thinking that the Lead Sled Plus would be sufficient for just about anybody, it’s well made it’s simple however today I pretty much only used the Dual Frame Lead Sled.

    Anyways if you’re thinking about using a Lead Sled, I can highly recommend them.

    They are great, especially for long days at the range, you’re putting no stress on your shoulders at all, no recoil and you can really get to the nitty gritty of the accuracy that your gun can produce.

    You can squeeze every last MOA outta your rifle in the Lead Sled.

    So I appreciate it, thank you Caldwell, thank you again to our sponsors Ventura Munitions and Proxibid.

    I will see you guys next week.

    (“Stars and Stripes Forever”)

    James Reeves

    • NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
    Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, 2011
    • TFBTV Executive Producer
    • Former Regional Sales Rep, Interstate Arms Corp., MA
    • Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition
    • GLOCK® Certified Pistol Operator, 2017-2022
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