Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


Reply

Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #57  
Old 03-15-2013, 10:51 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Washington State
Posts: 2,454
Re: Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greyfox View Post
It is that "play" that is referred to as loading the bipod. By pushing the rifle forward to take up the play, it enables the 1/8" or so aborbtion of rearward movement during recoil to occur without bounce. This assists in accurate shooting.
That's my understanding and experience as well. Just curious what others that are likely more esperiexed that I think of the Atlas vs. Harris in this and other regards. I'm one of those guys that rarely gets a chance to actually rub elbow with other LRH'ers, so this forum and thereby learning from the experience of others here is especially helpful to me.
__________________
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?" Thomas Jefferson - Notes on the State of Virginia

www.wildsidesystems.com - Shelter for Your WildSide - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYwgo...&feature=g-upl
Reply With Quote
  #58  
Old 03-15-2013, 12:19 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Alabama
Posts: 5,415
Re: Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

I have always had Harris pods, b/c they're only $100 or so. But have shot Atlas pods. Just can't afford an Atlas at the moment, but WILL have one someday.
__________________
"I'm just a peckerwood who lives in the hills with too many guns..." - Bob Lee Swagger

"Give me a minute...I'm good. Give me an hour...I'm great. Give me 6 months...And I'm unbeatable." - Col. Hannibal Smith

Ignore everything I say, because I have a reading comprehension and memory problem...

Quote:
Originally Posted by WildRose View Post
The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
Reply With Quote
  #59  
Old 03-17-2013, 02:14 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Damascus, MD
Posts: 858
Re: Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

Quote:
Originally Posted by MudRunner2005 View Post
I have always had Harris pods, b/c they're only $100 or so. But have shot Atlas pods. Just can't afford an Atlas at the moment, but WILL have one someday.
Ditto!

I currently do not have any bipod on my Senderos but if I'm ever going to get one it will probably be the Atlas with the removable option so I can switch it to whichever Sendero I am currently using.
__________________
Remington 700 Sendero SF 7mm STW
Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA Reticle Scope

Remington 700 Sendero SF 7mm STW
Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA Reticle Scope

Remington 700 LSS .257 Weatherby Magnum
Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA Reticle Scope
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 03-23-2013, 09:58 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Northeast
Posts: 2,233
Re: Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

I just got an Atlas after using a Harris for several years. Overall, i think it is well worth the extra costs. As most posts have stated, it is superb quality, and an issue that deters some from buying one which is the need for a Picatinney rail is no issue using the SRS mounts which easily accommodate a standard sling swivel stud. You do need a two stud arrangement though. My Milspec came this way, as did my McMillan A3. I just needed to use a brass washer to get the swivel stud high enough to attach the swivel. The single biggest benefit in my view is the slack that is built into the legs which enables a more consistent loading of the bipod compared to the Harris. There is no pressure required regardless of the amount the legs are extended and the Atlas enables 3/8" of straight back rearward movement of the barrel upon discharge. Unlike the Harris, loading of the legs can be achieved with the rubber feet on smooth surfaces like a wooden platform. No bounce. I have been able to duplicate my group size and POI using the Atlas whether off a wooden bench or prone on the ground. A big plus! It's very well made, and the quick detach accessory is fast and easy. Out of the box, the the swivel joint and adjustment wheel that enables leveling and side to side movement is very stiff and requires some breaking in and a little spray lube to work well. I just ordered the leg extensions to get the same height as my 9-13" Harris,
required in some shooting situations. The only shortcoming of the Atlas compared to the Harris is needing to depress the buttons to drop the legs. If fast action is required to get into position, it's awkward if you're used to just snapping the legs down on the Harris. Not a big deal though. Just have to practice. I wish I bought one sooner.
__________________

"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready"-T. Roosevelt
Reply With Quote
  #61  
Old 03-23-2013, 01:05 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Washington State
Posts: 2,454
Re: Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greyfox View Post
I just got an Atlas after using a Harris for several years. Overall, i think it is well worth the extra costs. As most posts have stated, it is superb quality, and an issue that deters some from buying one which is the need for a Picatinney rail is no issue using the SRS mounts which easily accommodate a standard sling swivel stud. You do need a two stud arrangement though. My Milspec came this way, as did my McMillan A3. I just needed to use a brass washer to get the swivel stud high enough to attach the swivel. The single biggest benefit in my view is the slack that is built into the legs which enables a more consistent loading of the bipod compared to the Harris. There is no pressure required regardless of the amount the legs are extended and the Atlas enables 3/8" of straight back rearward movement of the barrel upon discharge. Unlike the Harris, loading of the legs can be achieved with the rubber feet on smooth surfaces like a wooden platform. No bounce. I have been able to duplicate my group size and POI using the Atlas whether off a wooden bench or prone on the ground. A big plus! It's very well made, and the quick detach accessory is fast and easy. Out of the box, the the swivel joint and adjustment wheel that enables leveling and side to side movement is very stiff and requires some breaking in and a little spray lube to work well. I just ordered the leg extensions to get the same height as my 9-13" Harris,
required in some shooting situations. The only shortcoming of the Atlas compared to the Harris is needing to depress the buttons to drop the legs. If fast action is required to get into position, it's awkward if you're used to just snapping the legs down on the Harris. Not a big deal though. Just have to practice. I wish I bought one sooner.
My sentiments exactly...
__________________
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?" Thomas Jefferson - Notes on the State of Virginia

www.wildsidesystems.com - Shelter for Your WildSide - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYwgo...&feature=g-upl
Reply With Quote
  #62  
Old 03-23-2013, 01:46 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Damascus, MD
Posts: 858
Re: Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greyfox View Post
I just got an Atlas after using a Harris for several years. Overall, i think it is well worth the extra costs. As most posts have stated, it is superb quality, and an issue that deters some from buying one which is the need for a Picatinney rail is no issue using the SRS mounts which easily accommodate a standard sling swivel stud. You do need a two stud arrangement though. My Milspec came this way, as did my McMillan A3. I just needed to use a brass washer to get the swivel stud high enough to attach the swivel. The single biggest benefit in my view is the slack that is built into the legs which enables a more consistent loading of the bipod compared to the Harris. There is no pressure required regardless of the amount the legs are extended and the Atlas enables 3/8" of straight back rearward movement of the barrel upon discharge. Unlike the Harris, loading of the legs can be achieved with the rubber feet on smooth surfaces like a wooden platform. No bounce. I have been able to duplicate my group size and POI using the Atlas whether off a wooden bench or prone on the ground. A big plus! It's very well made, and the quick detach accessory is fast and easy. Out of the box, the the swivel joint and adjustment wheel that enables leveling and side to side movement is very stiff and requires some breaking in and a little spray lube to work well. I just ordered the leg extensions to get the same height as my 9-13" Harris,
required in some shooting situations. The only shortcoming of the Atlas compared to the Harris is needing to depress the buttons to drop the legs. If fast action is required to get into position, it's awkward if you're used to just snapping the legs down on the Harris. Not a big deal though. Just have to practice. I wish I bought one sooner.
Good to know!
__________________
Remington 700 Sendero SF 7mm STW
Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA Reticle Scope

Remington 700 Sendero SF 7mm STW
Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA Reticle Scope

Remington 700 LSS .257 Weatherby Magnum
Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA Reticle Scope
Reply With Quote
  #63  
Old 03-31-2013, 04:49 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 283
Re: Atlas Bipods, worth the price??

Idaho Sawyer:

While it appears you have gone with the Atlas, others may like to know about other high-end bipods, especially if you are like me and have problems with your hands (older age and arthritus). Suffice it to say, I wanted something along the line of a POD-LOC (KMW the the Harris). The Atlas has no such option - and as one poster mentioned, their website make it look like their product is NOT available.

I have two ELR rifles in build cycle, both of which will be based on XLR tube-gun-style chassis (quite fantastic build quality chassis). Both will have Pic rails and support both shooting from bags (with an XLR plate interface) and from bipod. I have purchased and received the following two bipods:

(1) X-Caliber X-VIP model III w/ LaRue QD adapter, shortened legs, longer "pod handle" & aircraft feet

(2) Long Range Accuracy SC-II F-class model with long legs

...and have another on order (which I expect shortly and have extremely high hopes for...and, it appears, I will be the first to receive one as it was only "introduced" at SHOT in January):

(3) Sierra 7 bipod (with pan and tilt and QD attach)

Each has its advantages, and all are expensive (substantially more). Frankly, after seeing, handling, and reporting on the Sierra 7 at SHOT, I'd wished I'd waited on ordering the other two.

The X-Caliber was purchased because it met my stated needs AND has some very compelling tech, "recoil absorption" - important for one of my rifles, a very heavy hitter. [Yes, it has a "handle" - mine is about 2" long - but, for whatever reason, it is not pictured on their site.]

The LRA was highly recommended by XLR and after talking with Kyle at XLR, I was convinced to give it a try. Excellent build quality, flawless function. [Their site is VERY user-unfriendly with the substantial handle is not even visible.]

Then came SHOT and well, I fell in serious "like" with, the Sierra. I called the designer/company owner from the show floor and told him how much I liked it - and that I wanted to place an order. Apparently I was not the first to contact him, but possibly the first to put my money up. I'm expecting to have it in hand within the next few days. They hyave great pics on the site and the background page is very telling.

All the above to note that there are at least three other bipods out there that folks might find well worth considering.
__________________
ELR Researcher
Life Member NRA and CRPA
www.elr-resources.com
Not a commercial business.
ELR...anything shorter is point blank!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Current Poll
Where in the US do you live?
West of the Mississippi River - 60.81%
897 Votes
East of the Mississippi River - 36.88%
544 Votes
On the Mississippi River on a houseboat - 2.31%
34 Votes
Total Votes: 1,475
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC