I need a little help talking myself into 're-buying' this item. I'd had one of these for about a year, until the other day when my wife lost it during a late season elk hunt. I dropped a cool $100 on it and was only marginally satisfied with the purchase.
The pros were the following:
- Good platform to shoot over Wyoming sage brush (even with the shorter version).
- Nice to be able to set the rifle up on it while still hunting and coyote hunting, remaining hands free (very nice for coyotes).
- More accurate/stable than shooting with sticks alone.
- moderately light and portable.
The cons were the following:
- Not nearly as steady as I had hoped they would be for the cost. I only felt comfortable with them out to ~500 yards under good conditions.
- Higher bullet impact point verses bipods & bags.
- Really did not like the way that the front support pivoted (scissored) when the legs were opened and/or closed, nor did I like the 'V' shape of the supports.
- The legs were somewhat 'flimsy'/'rinky-dinky'/wobbly/not firm enough/sometimes difficult to get into position with, especially without thourough practice prior to using them (as was the case with my wife using them on her deer hunt this year. It took her nearly 5-minutes to get into shooting position)
OK, with that being said, I am really beginning to miss them in coyote hunting situations, and the standard sticks just are not cutting it.
Before I re-purchase these, I need to know if there are any other options out there that are comparable, or better than the stoney Points... Any suggestions?