I have been doing some range and field testing on the new "Bipod Buddy" rear supports. I wanted to share my views and offer this thread for others using them to tell about their experiences, likes and dislikes of this new innovative system.
I first started testing at one of the long range shoots here in Townsend Mt. BignGreen was at this event and he too tested one out. First impression is that this is a lighter alternative and takes up less space in the back pack than a sand bag. And, if it passed the tests, I was in to have one along on future hunts.
The make up of these is basically two crossed pieces of milled and drilled aluminum that have a locking point of intersection that allows you to squeeze together or spread apart to get to the desired height needed for the shot. They come in many different sizes (heights) to adapt to the terrain you will be hunting and personal preferences. This includes some that are a scissor lift which I really like. Each has a large range of movement which is very nice.
The first target I engaged was at about 750 yards . I was pretty skeptical as to whether or not stability would be an issue. As soon as I got a feel for how to squeeze the unit allowing me to raise or lower it I was good to go. Then simply tighten the locking handle a bit and all was stable. Hits at this distance were not a problem.
I shot to 700 and 800 with no issues at all once I was familiar with the feel and adjustments.
So then it was off to the hills at home for some actual field tests on killer man eating rocks. It seems there was a large hatch this year and they are very plentiful around my area.
I tested on two occasions with both my 18lb .338 Lapua and with my much lighter 300 win mag. I was getting hits on rocks of 1 moa size to distances of 1000 yards plus. Works pretty darn good.
In summary, This is a viable option for a rear support. I feel it is better suited for the lighter rifles of 12# or less. Not that the 18 lb rifle didn't shoot off it. It was just that you needed to make sure it was locked tight and ready for recoil and weight on my 338 LM. For normal LR hunting, with a decent weight carry rifle and shots to 700 or 800 yards this is where it really shines. Like stated before , it is light, takes up a minimal space in the pack, will fit in a pack pouch or pocket and can get you above the grass for that shot where terrain is a bit of a challenge. Would I trade my sand bags for a bipod budy for that mile plus shot???? No, but for hunting I don't see this being a shot I would often take. If I was hiking in high country, where I would take a goat, deer, or elk to 700 or 800. And may have to do it from a less that perfect point of fire, or in sage brush, I would think this is where it will shine. I will be carrying one in my pack this season.
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