Re: while packing..... bipod on or off?
I had a Harris bipod on my favorite deer rifle and used it for 3 or 4 seasons. Although it added more weight to the rifle it performed well. When it finally gave up the ghost, (it came apart in the field and I lost a part), I removed it. I found a replacement that provided the same benefits without the weight and gave me the ability quickly add or remove it from my rifles. This will be my second season to use Bipod Shooting Sticks. They even work in tree stands. I highly recommend them.
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