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Old 02-22-2013, 04:49 PM
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It seems the older I get the less stable my rifle gets. I love my ice tea and ice coffee but the caffeine from this vice makes me less stable when shooting from the standing and sitting positions. In the field, I have used bipods and shooting sticks, but I do not have good field of motion. I cannot traverse up or down or from side-to-side without a lot of movement and repositioning. However, I have found a great shooting accessory that gives me stability and field of motion. The Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod is that device.Read More...
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:50 PM
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This is a thread for discussion of the article, Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod Review, By Charles Smith. Here you can ask questions or make comments about the article.
I have bought two of the DeadShot FieldPods. While I agree it is an improvement it is not equal to a bench rest, which is why where possible I use a bench rest for long range shots. The main drawback of the DeadShot is that it is good for only sitting shots and is not high enough for standing shots. Where I hunt vegetation prevents shooting from a seating position in about half the shots. For this reason I adapted one of my deadshots for standing shoots by removing the legs, inverting the platform that joins the legs, and attaching to a full height tripod. This increases the weight and makes it less mobile and reduces the stability as with any standing tripod but enables me to shoot over the vegetation. I find with the deadshot I wasted time trying to find a suitable spot to shoot from given the limited height. It would be better if they made a standing deadshot field pod. Ross
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:40 AM
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Re: Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod Review

i had one for 2 hours then i took it back just not very stable.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:37 AM
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Yes, stability is not "bench rest" despite what the ads say. If you are sighting in or doing long range target practice I would still go for a prone or bench rest position. However it is better than your regular tripod. Not quite as quick however or as mobile. It really depends on what the location for your shooting is going to be and how you get there. If you can drive a vehicle to the shooting spot I would take a portable bench rest. For short range hiking the fieldPod is portable enough to be carried there and for stalking to a position where you can shoot from a sitting position it is an improvement on a regular tripod. However to my mind I would not want to carry or backpack it if I were hunting on foot all day. In that case I would take the usual collapsible tri or bipod. For my hunting I would use my FieldPod that has been modified to use a standing tripod for stalking game I had spotted that was out of range. If it required running to close the distance I would not take it as it is too bulky. I modified my DeadShot because last year I spotted elk and took my DeadShot to within range but then found I had to search for an opening in the vegetation to make a sitting shot. Under pressure the DeadShot was an improvement in stability over my bog pod tripod, put in this case not critically so. The elk disappeared into the bush before I could get a shot, but it did indicate the shortcoming of a sitting only Pod. In short it really depends on the circumstances and locations where someone hunts. Ross
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:56 PM
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Re: Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod Review

I have one and feel it was misrepresented to me. I bought as a long range rest and feel 500 yards is way to far to be shooting at game with it, let alone the thoughts I had of 800-1000 yards. So if you want to know how much use it has to me. I have had it for 1 year and used twice. Kept thinking when I call coyotes it would be good. But the bulk of it makes me always forget it, and the draw back of being unsteady.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:10 PM
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Re: Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod Review

I have one and I'm not overly impressed with it either. It's almost like they had a really good but didn't completely follow through. I cannot get everything to tighten down as much as I'd like. The tilt forward and back adjustment just won't tighten down stable enough for me to trust it much. Is it more stable than a BogGear Tripod with the rifle rest? Well yes, but that really isn't saying much. I would like to see this Coldwell rest be made with heavier adjustments out of aluminum rather than plastic. The plastic is highly prone to breaking and it just can't be tightened enough. The idea/design concept is sound, the finished product just doesn't cut it though.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:59 PM
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Re: Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod Review

i agree that its not bench rest steady,8/10,but you can't hunt off a bench.totally portable so i leave it assembled when hunting and throw it over my shoulder like a camp chair10/10. better than anything else to shoot off except prone and i can't do that due to scrub. i leave some of each leg section inside the previous one(not fully extended) which stiffens them .i changed the height of the 3 support struts allowing the 3 legs to spread wider making it more stable. i also pulled apart the alloy hub,filed the adjustment tensioner block,added dry lube and got a smoother swivel and finally heated the plastic v arms that hold the rifle and bent them tighter and padded so making more stable again. very pleased with it now as cheap,portable ,stable.taken goats to 700m off it so far but finally want to check if poi has changed when(if) it stops blowing. cheers mike
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