I was wondering if I could get some clarification from some of you guys on bipod terminology and compatibility. Forgive me for the length in detail, but I am not wanting to pay return shipping once again for a bipod that doesn't work out. Besides, I am sure I am not the only guy out there wondering some of these same questions.
I am fixing to order a bipod for the SECOND time this week and want to make sure I understand the function terminology correctly before I do so. I would rather just go look/buy one at a store, but what I want isn't sold around here.
I am fixing to return a Harris Bipod I just received in the mail. Mainly due to two reasons.
1) I could not get the thing securely mounted to my MCTAR-02 adapter. It was pretty loose.
2) I was under the impression than it was capable of panning (being able to track animals running left to right).
After looking around on the net, I realized different companies don't all use the same terminology when describing function. (swivel, cant, pan, tilt, etc.)
What I am looking for mainly is a heavy duty bipod for .338LM. To be precise, a Savage 110BA. I need it to "pan" left to right and be good on rough terrain with multiple shooting positions. I understand "pan" to mean tracking an animal as it runs from left to right. It would be a plus if it could also "tilt" up and down for shooting from higher elevations. So pan and tilt. Height adjustment isn't as much of an issue.
The tricky part is this. I want to be able to switch it out between the Savage and my DPMS LR-308. As of right now, I have a swivel stud attachment point on my DPMS and a "MCTAR-02" adapter on my Savage. This is basically a picatinny rail/swivel stud attachment. Any of you have experience with this attachment? The protruding swivel stud on mine is quite loose it seems. It can be pushed back and forth into the picatinny rail. Seemed strange to me.
First the bipod. I think I am going with a Versa-Pod All-Steel Model 52-160052.
. I considered an Atlas bipod, but I am trying to keep cost down as much as possible. While Atlas quality/function is better, I don't think they are THAT much better to justify such a high price. Not for recreational purposes anyway.
From what I understand, the Versapod does everything I need it to. However, correct me if I am wrong. Below is its product description from LG Outdoors.
The Model 52 the classic prone length Versa Pod but now with the added friction lock knobs for pan & tilt and cant rotation. So whether you are following a moving target or wanting to lock everything in place it is only a few quick turns away. Now in the All Steel model the model 52 is more rugged and sturdy for use with higher caliber rifles and heavier hitting gun. The legs have rubber feet that extend from 9 inches to 12 inches.
The adapter part is where I am totally lost. Vera-pod adapters can be found here.
Versa-Pod Bipods: Prepare For Battle*|* Shop Adapters
After looking at Vers-pods website, I am confused on how exactly it attaches. Is there an attachment that I could buy that would work on both the swivel stud and picanny rail? If I had to, I could always take off the MCTAR adapter that is on the Savage. This would leave me with two swivel stud attachment points. It just seems to me that a picatinny rail attachment would be more secure. So which adapter listed within that maze is the one for me?
I really appreciate the help guys. I am just tired of going in circles on this thing.