bipod or improvised rest?

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  1. geronimo.tn

    geronimo.tn Well-Known Member

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    Question for you experienced antelope hunters, do you use a bipod or improvised rest (backpack, jacket, bush, rock, etc). This is not my first antelope hunt. I used improvised rests in the past , not always with the best results and am considering a Harris bipod.
    So, what say ye?? gun)
     
  2. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    For my hunting field conditions, I use a 13 1/2" - 27" Harris bipod that allows me a steady shot from prone to sitting but will adapt accordingly, it's rare but if I need lower than 13 1/2", I'll use my pack as a rest.
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    If you are considering a bi pod there are things you need to remember when using one.

    They can effect the zero so the rifle must be sighted in using the bi pod and the same
    procedure should be used for hunting as for practice. (Pushing forward on the bi pod
    is the most common while shooting).

    They are very handy in tall grass and can make a difference, But again, practice with the
    bi pod in the sitting position or if shooting in short or no grass the prone position is best.

    If conditions vary from hunt to hunt two bi pods of different lengths may be required and
    can be changed out based on the conditions when arriving at the shooting sight.

    Or install the one needed for sitting (Taller) and use the improvised rest for the prone shooting.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    I carry 2 bipods a 9-13 inch and a 13-27 inch. The short one is always attached to my rifle. If I get into a situation where I need the taller one I can hide behind something long enough to change it out. I can get really solid on my pack If I need to but the best position is prone with a bipod in front and my pack in the back. I use a pretty light weight rifle most of the time so I don't pre-load the bipod at all, also if I have to shoot from some position other than prone a rear support is mandatory for me to shoot past 350 or so.

    Bob
     
  5. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

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    I don't use bipods. Being an old HP shooter I use a sling. I have my rifles set up for a 1,250 sling swivels and a military type leather sling.

    In only takes me a second to get it set up, and drop into position. Position depends on the grass between me and the critter.

    Mostly its setting or kneeling.

    Don't like bipods.
     
  6. Dalebow

    Dalebow Well-Known Member

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    I use shooting sticks, I dont like bipods, if I need to go prone I use my pack, sitting I use my shooting sticks, shot goats out to 400 yards off sticks with nothing but meat in the freezer:D
     
  7. RTK

    RTK Well-Known Member

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    I like ANYTHING I can use to get a solid. Bi-pods, sticks, rocks, backpacks, stumps, fences, you name it I will use it.
     
  8. 1100 Remington Man

    1100 Remington Man Well-Known Member

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    I use sticks when varmint hunting but when Antelope hunting it's the old hat on Sage brush rest or backpack for a rest. I just don't want to carry any more than I have to but I hunt by walking & not riding around on my a**. I know I will not cover as much ground as some one in a truck but, I like spot & stalk hunting & the satisfaction of walking & smelling the sage brush. It's just me.
     
  9. geronimo.tn

    geronimo.tn Well-Known Member

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    Remington man, I agree, that's the way I like to hunt them also.
     
  10. solohunter

    solohunter Active Member

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    I used to like to hunt that way. now a rod, three plates and 14 screws kinda slows me up, sorry,,,, 11B reduced to REMF,,, road hunter :( chase them out to me :)
     
  11. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    Me too!
     
  12. geronimo.tn

    geronimo.tn Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the advise guys this is my 5th antelope hunt spread over several years. in the past I've used improvised rests (backpack, coat, bush) and shooting sticks from a sitting position. the shooting sticks in a sitting position didn't work out because the wind buffeted me too much. I've ordered a swivel bipod and will give it a thorough trial at home before deciding to take it to Wyoming. thanks for the advise good hunting
     
  13. mcseal2

    mcseal2 Well-Known Member

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    I like the stoney point rapid pivot bipods. I carry the prone and sitting/kneeling model so I can match the conditions quickly. I also end up using my Eberlestock J34 as an aid if there is time. I can often use a part of it as a rear bag when prone, or stand it up under my elbow and stock when shooting sitting. It sounds odd, but can really make things more stable.
     
  14. Dalebow

    Dalebow Well-Known Member

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    I like the looks of the stoney point, would the sitting, prone model work for me? I am 6'2" and always use their magnum shooting sticks but would like to have a set attached to the rifle for mostly sitting but maybe prone sometimes.