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Mu daughter and I have been using a very similar hamster with great effect as it is adjustable forward or back for different positions.
I find that using the "action bolt" asafasning point is not all that great becuase you have to loosen the whole thing when the jamster is not needed and then your poi changes a bit every time. The sicond thing is that the hamster always moves and you have to tighten it because it is not supported in front or at the back. The hight adjustment is a grat idea thouh. I would suggest you support it front or back with justa dimple drilled into the stock and another "stem" that fits into it, or even if it sits in the gauge recess. Just my 2c worth.
The "perfect" hamster would be the one that works best for you. I suggest trying some different ideas using anything you can shape and tape to your stock to get the correct height or better yet make an adjustable one.
I have noticed that part of the sport is indeed experimentation and a bit of basic designing. Something like a hamster needn,t be an expensive exercise even if you have one made up at an engineering shop but remember to do the drawing yourself and include all the measurements, the easier you make things for the artisan the quicker he can do the job and the cheaper the exercise.
I agree with Andew. If it works for you it is the best hamster, but how do you know if mine is not just that much better until you have seen and tried it. That is what makes us experiment more and more. For me the best idea is still the wooden one that can be put on and removed without having to drill any thing or unscrew any thing. It can be moved forward orback a bit. It is only the height that I haven't got 100% correct. My alumenium veresion attached the action bolt works well but it unscrews by itself and it is difficult to change the rifle from T t hunting or BR.
I have seen people building young coffee tables and screw it to their rifles. That is butt ugly, but if you believe your rifle is just a tool and you don't care what it looks like ;I suppose it is OK.
For me the ideal hamster should come with the stock and the stock should look like one piece when the hamster is not adjusted for more height. (Also the adjustable cheek piece)
The hamster should be adjustable for height. The easiest rifles to make a hamster for is the ones with accessory rails. Using the rail you do not have to drill any holes into the stock. The hamster should also like Gerrief said be supported by 2 points. This makes it sturdy, unable to twist on a single axis and allows for a longer hamster that can support a multitude of positions.
I am busy tweaking my design to incorporate these ideas. I went to the shooting range yesterday to have a couple of shots and see where the rifle goes on my knee. (I noticed that the hamster I designed was going to be a bit short, as my knee is placed in a more forward position making me miss the hamster in my design.)
I will post my new design shortly.
Here is a better design for the S400. The rear pillar attaches to the action screw and the front pillar to the stock. How exactly I am going to attach the front pillar I do not know yet. Added to the top of the pillars are 3mm rubber washers to protect the stock and compensate a bit for the angle of the wood.
The base is also longer now to accommodate more shooting positions.