Originally Posted by Nimrodmar10
Any kind of shooting bench is better than trying to shoot off the sticks. I've got one word for you: Pricklypear. If you don't know what that is, goodle it. It's a cactus that covers most if not all of the prairie region of the U.S. If you're going to be shooting off your belly you better have a thick pad. And I won't even mention prairie rattlers.
If nothing else, buy you a small folding leg table or cut you a piece of plywood and buy a pair of the folding legs for about $20 and add them to the plywood. If all else fails you can shoot over your hood from sandbags, but put something on the hood to keep from burning the paint off. Shooting off the bipods sounds good, but trust me, it's not.
Some real wisdom here. However... .
Ratlesnakes will not come to find you. The biggest threat they pose is when you are walking around or poking around where they are coiled up.
You can buy rolls of kevlar, viper cloth, or cordura pretty cheap. Put that under a sleeping bag mattress and you have some real comfort to shoot prone. You can also buy a dragbag/shooting matt that is made of cordura. Either way you can eliminate cactus from being an issue.
As for the shooting off of bags on the hood, be sure you are high enough off of the hood to avoide powder burns on the paint job, or worse, flat peeling the paint off! I've done both... .
One of the most comfortable ways to shoot is to use your mirror for a rest and just shoot from the truck... where it's legal.