I had been looking at the MAXBOX rest sitting on the shelf in front of me at the shop and watching a few walk out the door with customers, wondering just how good this would be in actual us. I had read a couple of reports and they all seemed to say it was the real deal. So after an invite from the property an hour from my home to come up and spotlight a few foxes I grabbed one off the shelf, paid the cash and took it home with me one Saturday after work.
The late afternoon drive up to the farm was over pretty quick so I went up on top of the range that runs through the property and watched a few sambar until dark and then went back to the farmhouse for dinner and prepare for the evening spotlight session.
Travis (my host) had his little Daihatsu 4X4 ready soon after dark so off we went looking for Mr. Reynard to show himself. We had only gone maybe a ½ a km from the house when the bright eyes of a fox shone brightly in the light. The distance was around the 200m mark and I was happy to let the local boys have first crack. When they weren’t confident of the shot I jumped at the chance to try out the MaxBox rest so manoeuvring it into place on top of the 4X4 the small magnets moulded into the foam of the unit stuck fast into place while I placed the Ruger Predator in 22-250R into the snug fitting cutouts, steadied for the shot and sqeezed a Remington 55gr factory load on its way. The shot found its mark and the boys were impressed with the shot.
We continued on throughout the night until around 1:30am when after 8 foxes we called it quits. Foxes were taken out to around the 250m mark that night and I got really comfortable using the MaxBox and for the purpose found it much easier to use than a straight bi-pod. Once your rifle is in the MaxBox it just sits there with little movement making steady shots at long range much more achievable. The unit has 2 different size cutouts and it can be rotated to give a low or high sighting position.
The magnets are said to hold on a metal base to around 70km/h and I found it a pleasure to use throughout the spotlighting session.
The MAXBOX is Available from Abela’s Gunshop and Frank O’Reilly’s Sport.
Article by Mark Rohde.
Mark Rohde is the Store Manager of Frank O’Reilly’s Sports in Thornbury Victoria.