Re: Bench shooting vs Bipod
I have done a lot of shooting from various positions, with bipod, bag, bench, prone, and sitting with sport; with my two primary LR rifles, two 6.5x284's and a 300WM. I have no problem maintaining POI from these positions, but there are a few techniques that I needed to address to to this:
Whatever position,I try to get behind the rifle as much as possible and use a hard hold of about 10# without too much if any pressure of your cheek on the stock.
When setting up on any rest technique, right before the shot, slide the rifle rearward about an inch and check to be sure the rifle comes STRAIGHT back. No up/down, or angular movement. If it does moves off straight, so will your shot.
In the prone position I find it beneficial to set my leg height as high as possible to get close as close as possible to the rifles butt's contact area with my shoulder as when shooting from the bench or other non-prone position.
Using a bipod can be tricky, particularly on a bench. The idea of flexing the bipod is to be sure the rifle comes straight back for the 1/8-1/4" that's needed. On a bench, a Harris is generally set on it's lowest position and the legs won't flex as easily. The smooth surface won't grip the legs. The rifle can randomly slide, or bounce, if it slides the same way, your are OK. If it bounces you are not. The same can happen on hard surfaces when shooting with a bipod on the ground. Using a Harris on the ground, the extended position should allow the legs to grip and flex forward. I think is the single biggest advantage of the Atlas is the built in movement of 3/4" leg flex will work at any length or surface and eliminate the requirement to pay attention to it. I have no issues shooting off any bench surface with my Atlas and getting the same POI as shooting prone.
One note on the Atlas bipod. If you use the quick detach, make sure the pic rail is clamped tight. Not all pic rails have the same dimension and if too small, it will have side play that will effect accuracy. There is an adjustment screw on the QD clamp to adjust it. if you use Seekins pic rail with integral sling mount you may need to adjust the mount.
I would in no way claim these techniques to be gospel, but they have worked for me.
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