Originally Posted by FEENIX
I personally do not have any problem with it. Once I'm satisfied on the bench I simply drop down to prone (my most likely shooting position on my hunt) and compare/practice and make any necessary adjustments as required.
I certainly agree.
I use a bipod for hunting and for tactical competition. Mine is a Harris HBRMS and the only adjustment I've had to make on target is its tendancy to shoot a little high from a solid platform like a concrete bench. A carpet between the bipod legs and the concrete helps mitigate some of that. The remainder of the surfaces on the competition range are gravel and the bipod works quite well there, when properly used. I once thought the gravel was causing me difficulty but when I saw that there are other shooters who can put five rounds into a 3 inch groujp at 600 yards from the same gravel I have to work with I changed my mind.
I don't use the bipod for load development. A good quality rest works better in that category. But when the load is ready to face the competitive or game hunting world I finish polishing my skills with that "perfect" load from the bipod.
In tactical competition we have one position that requires resting the bipod (or whatever rest is allowed) on concrete but with a little practice I've been able to compensate for the difference in trajectory quite easily.
I've found that some shooters who may be new to the world of shooting from a bipod get frustrated and simply abandon it; an unfortunate decision. Shooters who are new to bipod use typically find they need to learn the peculiarities of the bipod and how to use it effectively. Loading the bipod works for some but not for others. Shoulder hold with a bipod can make a huge difference. Placement of the non-shooting arm and hand can also affect results.
If you're new to shooting keep this in mind. There are a large number of shooters who immediately blame their load or their equipment when the results on target are disappointing. Too few shooters understand that the first suspect should always be the shooter him or herself. Working on form, timing, etc. will cure most shooting accuracy problems.
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