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Old 04-17-2008, 06:32 PM
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Prone or sitting

I'll be hunting antelope in Wyoming with some long range handgunners this fall in WY. Shooting prone is always my first choice but with a handgun it is even more important for accuracy.

In your experience when stalking antelope, how often are you not able to get prone because of sage brush or tall grass?
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:21 PM
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Most of the time you can go prone.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:58 AM
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I've killed 34 antelope, and in my experience approximately 90 percent of the time I shoot prone. I believe I can shoot better at 400 yards prone than I can at 200 yards sitting, but this is a test anyone can do.

I've used bipods by Harris that can be used both prone and sitting, and recently have been using a Snipe-Pod. The Snipe-Pod is much lighter than the Harris, and can go down lower, but is not quite as stable. It can also be used for sitting, but switching from a prone to sitting configuration takes just a bit longer than the Harris.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:49 PM
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All 4 I've shot have been prone. There is only about a few places on the ranch we'll be hunting where you cant go prone. My dad(yotefever) had to sneak up about a hundred yards through the taller grass to get to where he could see from the prone position.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:41 AM
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I'll be prepared for sitting if necessary but with my handgun my distance is limited (relative to prone) even more than with a rifle.
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Len,

I have hunted speed goats for several years with handguns and in my area of north central Montana, we have been going through a pretty good drought. There is no sage brush and grass will seldom reach your back pocket if your laying prone. I always use a Harris BR Bipod and a tapered rear wedge support for long range handgun shooting.

Its light fast and works very well.

For ranged outside 200 yards, I simply can not see myself shooting a handgun from a sitting position. Thats just me, I am not that comfortable with a longer range handgun shot in this position. From a prone position, I would reach out 3 times that far easily in good conditions.

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Old 05-07-2008, 07:22 PM
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Kirby, thanks. Can you describe your wedge.
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