Originally Posted by Broz
My reason would be I practice to hunt. There will be no pad where I hunt. Also cement can actually make the rifle hop a little more. This depends on the stock, rifle weight and shooter form too.
I prefer the ground, I don't use a mat either as I have seen a mat act like a cushon and open groups. Give me the good old dirt and a good rear bag and I am happy.
Ditto, although in some conditions a mat is almost essential due to sharp rocks, cactus, stickers etc.
When that's the case, no padding or as little as possible is advisable and always keep the bipod legs off of the mat and in the dirt/rocks where it will be solid.
Eberlestock makes a pretty good mat that I believe is just a simple thin layer of cordura nylon with zero padding which would suffice in most circumstances.