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01-30-2002, 05:57 AM
###Looking to put a Bipod on one of my rifles,do you have one? is it dead weight or good gear?
I've used the Harris and depending on the rifle it has either been a curse or blessing. I decided to take them off my hunting rifles and go with a back pack as a rest. but at the range where I know that the bipod/ gorund contact is the same I'll occasionally use them. Hope that helps.
(Edited by Bou at 6:17 am on Jan. 30, 2002)
01-30-2002, 08:32 AM
That's why God gave you knees.
Harris makes a good one but make sure that your target is in one place and not moving. ###I have a buddy who insists on a bipod for anything more than 40 yard shots at coyotes. ###He ends up scaring more away and missing because he can't get it assembled and in position quickly enough. ###When he does finally get it pointed the right way, the coyote has moved.
It can be commical to watch at times. ###More coyotes for me though, albeit running shots...
I like the Harris bipod from the bench or prone.
For hunting situations, I made myself a pair of shooting sticks from a tent pole repair kit. It cost about $7.oo for the kit. ###
01-30-2002, 04:33 PM
### They seem like dead weight to me. It seems that nature provides plenty of rests. Trees, sticks, brushes, your knees, all kinds of stuff that I don't have to carry.
01-30-2002, 05:49 PM
###Well,never had one and figured id get the info i needed,thanx for the response,just saved me money.
01-30-2002, 07:45 PM
I use the bypod sometimes but they are usually a pain in the a$$ unless you are in a position to lay down and take a shot. I usually set up on a hill shooting down and that just doesn't always work w/ bypods.
I have to agree w/ EVAN III.
The Harris bipod has its place, while it may not be the best thing to have while hunting for coyotes or deer and elk. It is the best thing to have if you are on the bench at the range or shooting at prairie dogs and ground squirrels.
It depends the type of hunting/shooting you do. I have one that goes with me on every trip. It may not be on my rifle when I hunt. But I have it just in case. ###
01-30-2002, 10:09 PM
I use a Harris Bipod everywhere I go. ###I first keep it in my daypack, ready to deploy when I don't need to get into quick action. ###I really only need it for long shots, when I am dealing with standing or slow moving game. But it is extremely useful on long treks in dirty terrain, or stormy weather, when I have to stop for a moment and put it down, in a ready position to pick it up and fire from an off-hand postion. ###I do that a lot when I crest a ridge, set it down, and glass the opposite ridge for game. ###I also leave it down in the ready position on the ground when I am freezing cold, on a stand, and need to keep my hands warm in my parka until ready for action.
01-31-2002, 09:17 AM
I'm a big proponent of bipods. ###I have one, similar to the Harris on my -06 because I've been caught too many times, in too many places where nature didn't come through with a rest (like hiking down an open road). ###
I can pop it and drop it in a couple of seconds, and be ready to shoot. ###It's much quicker than dropping my pack, or trying to find a tree or rock, especially in some of the open terrain I find myself hunting in.
I think it's important to learn to use a sling, and to learn to shoot from various positions. ###But having a decent rest wherever you go, whether a bipod, monopod, or shooting sticks, really puts the odds in your favor.
It DOES add weight, but I'm still a fairly healthy, strong guy. ###That is a consideration, though.
I received stoney point shooting sticks for christmas, and while so far i have only used them at the range a couple of times, they have improoved my shooting from field positions quite a bit. they are also not so low that grass is going to get in the way of my shot. I was shooting clay pigeons on the 100 yard berm with my .22 and compared to sitting or kneeling, or even prone, when using the shooting sticks my marksmanship was much improved.
also, they are a bit more adjustable to suit my positioning than an attached bipod is.
lastly, if you have enough time to set up the bipod, you have enough time to set up the shooting sticks. however, they are not permanently attached, so they stay fairly out of the way if i decide not to use them. if i get a chance to shoot at game using them, i'll give a report.
02-04-2002, 08:54 AM
I bought a Harris years ago for a Ruger 77V in .22-250. ###Darn thing doesn't swivel from side to side and as a result the crosshairs were always cocked over to the side. ###I suppose I could have shimmed the thing to get it to line up but I just bagged the whole idea.
Better get the more expensive one that swivels.
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