I'm real particular about my equipment and not very fond of things that have the option to move of their own volition. I shy away from any item that has movable/disconnect features/options. I use the notched leg version on the bipod for this very reason, once its locked in a notch its not going to slip unlike the thumbwheel c-clamp type. (Note that the c-clamp type bipod legs are "frozen" in place and not free to rotate on their feet once clamped down. Many times these feet find a way to rotate a little bit during rifle recoil and this rotation allows the leg to settle/shorten a bit. The notched leg versions DO NOT freeze the rotation characteristics of the bipod leg and they are free to rotate without effecting the leg length.)
Dave thanks so much for the pictures. I was unclear about what the notched version was till I just saw the picture. And one of my questions got answered about the swivel version. Seems to me on a walking deer or something you might get all bound up before he stops. So the 9-13" allows you to comfortable shoot in the prone position? I didn't follow all of what the clown socks purpose was. Could you explain a little more. I of course will go back and read it over again.
While LR hunting have you ever felt like you needed the swivel model of bipod? I see your point about not liking things that could move, but what if you were shooting on a side hill? Is this not a problem where you hunt? Just curious. I want to be as informed as possible before purchasing. Thanks
The big green sock is the one named (Killer Clown club). I was at a week long sniper school and during some of the exercises we were required to carry our rear rifle support (sand sock) during the between rounds fired jog,run,trot, wear down the shooter sessions. I had the biggest, ugliest sand sock and carried it gripped a bit like one would carry a club... One of the other particpants took to calling it the Homey the Killer Clown club and it then became the offical name of the thing.
I adjust the leg length to that required to keep the rifle level (un-canted). It may seem a little cumbersome, moreso than the swivel, but it becomes nearly automatic and one set in place is very stable. At the distances I need the bipod the critter is usually stationary or moving slow enough for proper bipod setup and adjustment. (As a side note: I have noticed that there are some unusual POI shifts when shooting from a side hill using a bipod. I believe it has to do with the dissimilar leg length and resultant torquing of the bipod on recoil.)