Re: Shooting stick bipod poles versus heavy bipod
I've had the same opinion of bipods; they work great but are cumbersome on a serious walking rifle. Last winter I made a U-shaped bracket out of carbon fiber (I'm a boat builder and work with composites of all kinds) and put a 1/4-20 stud on the bottom. I screw it into the tripod for my spotting scope, which lives in my daypack at all times, and use it for a rest.
I tried it out on a sage rat hunt a couple of weeks ago and it works fine; I had as many hits as I usually do with a "real" rest, and it adds about 2 oz to my pack.
A heavier and more fragile (but probably just fine) substitute could be made with a half-piece of 2" schedual 40 plastic pipe, with a 1/4-20 flat head machine screw, with the head countersunk into the top, and a nut torqued down from the bottom with an inch or so of the threaded part of the screw below that. Make sense? Throw it into your pack and thread it into your tripod.