I need a cleaning cradle to hold AR's, bolt guns, shotguns, etc. I've seen poor reviews on the tipton and cabela's models. Any advice for buying a quality, solid unit that'll last for years?
The MTM unit is cheap and effective.
I went with the MTM- great product and only $40! I got the non-portable one and it has room for my rods, cleaning stuff, and fits nice on my workbench.
I've been trying out one of these...
and added the "Shooting Rest" to it so that it can be double-duty...
Using it as a vice/support for cleaning or working has been great. I really like it. The thing that is either a big plus, or a big minus, to some is the weight and bulk. The thing is heavier than one of the plastic type supports and it takes up a bit of space to store. On the flipside, that weight keeps things pretty stable when you're working on it or cleaning it.
I've used it just as a support for cleaning bolt guns, my AR, shotguns. The "vice" part of it is padded and nice because you can clamp it down on the stock and not worry about scratching anything and then you can set it to clamp the rifle at a slight angle to make sure all the gunk runs down the bore instead of into the action.
I've also used it to hold things nice & stable while I boresight or level an optic.
I haven't used it at the range as a shooting rest yet. Currently I only have access to an indoor 25 yard range. The bench at the indoor range isn't deep enough (front to back) for the shooting rest to fit.