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View Poll Results: Most Popular Height of Bipods
6"-9" 59 50.86%
9"-13" 57 49.14%
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Help Me Pick a Bipod

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Unread 01-20-2008, 01:10 PM
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Help Me Pick a Bipod

I'm looking at Harris bipods and I'm having a hard time figuring out which height to get. I've never shot off a bipod before, and I don't know anyone that has one to try. I've been reading and decided on a swiveling model with notched legs. I'll be using it for shooting prone, occasionally off of a bench. What is the most popular height of bipods?
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Unread 01-20-2008, 02:11 PM
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You will not be disappointed in the leg notch swivel model. I have all kinds of Harris bipods and the LN is by far my favorite. Height is up to you they all have there place but overall the 9-13" gets the most play.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 06:52 PM
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leg notch swivel 9-13
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Unread 01-20-2008, 08:02 PM
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Guys here seem to prefer the leg-notch model but I never did. One was shipped to me by mistake once. I tried it out and then sent it back for the friction lock model. Which model is "better" is very subjective.

If you are shooting mostly from the bench the 6"-9" BR model is the best, IMO anyway. Higher bipods will force you to have the rifle butt too high off the bench for good stability. The 6"-9" model also works well when shooting prone. You will not need more than 9" at the forearm for shooting prone and sometimes less works better. If you want to shoot sitting or kneeling than a longer bi-pod is necessary.

I've been shooting groundhogs for many years and have always used a Harris bi-pod. I've got lots of them in various lengths. Longer bi-pods are better for getting your sight plane over vegetation or for positions other than prone.

Just my 2 cents
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Unread 01-20-2008, 08:10 PM
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Oops I meant canting, not swivelling. I find cant to be a more useful feature than swivel
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Unread 01-25-2008, 04:37 PM
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The shorter model is better most of the time. If you are hunting mountainous terrain and are on a downhill, it's tough to get enough elevation to shoot across a canyon. Typically in that situation, you'll pile your coat, backpack etc. and then use the bipod on top of that.

If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.

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Unread 04-06-2008, 04:31 PM
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I find the 9-13 too high for prone shooting...but I am only 5'6" haha i find the 6-9 comfy from the bench or prone although I don't use my bi-pod much off the bench just my 2 cents
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