Bipod recommendations for a Sendero SF II.

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  1. venom600

    venom600 Well-Known Member

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    I've been experimenting with bipod options on my .300 RUM Sendero SF II. The rifle came from factory with an HS Precision stock with dual sling studs up front.

    I started out using a Stoney Point Rapid Pivot bipod (Stoney Point - Rapid Pivot Bipod Prone / Bench). I love the easy on/off feature, but the bipod itself was not very good. Hard rubber holds the legs together and to get separation of the legs, you essentially stretch the rubber. First of all, I have no idea how that's going to work once the rubber gets cold (I hunt in sub-freezing temps typically). Next, when the rifle recoils, the bipod hops and the rubber pulls the legs back together which makes it very difficult to setup quickly for follow up shots.

    Next, I tried a Caldwell XLA pivot bipod. Much more solid, but it's large enough that the pivot tension adjustment screw obscures the 2nd swivel stud. So, I can't mount a sling to the rifle unless I mount it directly to the bipod itself. Do Harris bipods suffer from this same form-factor issue?

    So, now I'm contemplating a Seekins sling rail system (http://www.seekinsprecision.com/index_p.php?p=srs) and a picatinny mount bipod. But, if I go with a good picatinny mount bipod (Atlas or something like it), this whole systems is gonna run $250 easily (between the rail and the bipod).

    What are you other Sendero SF II shooters using for a bipod system?

    Thanks,
    --Ben
     
  2. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    That is the exact set up I'm running. I love mine, snow and ice not sure if it is on packing, because it has slip collars, for leg notch. But mine is going in my snipepod case for hiking, on hip. I got the quick clamp, has a lock type tab, fast easy on/off. Took 1-2 months to get, military, LE first inline. I put 3@ 1000 today in 6 1/4'' off mine,338NM.
     

  3. venom600

    venom600 Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying that you're running the sling rail with the Atlas bipod? Would you mind posting a pic (if it's not too much trouble). I'm mostly interested in seeing how much the folded bipod sticks out from the stock....to see what it's going to rub on when slung over my shoulder. :D

    How did you like the Snipepod?

    --Ben
     
  4. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    I like snipepod for light weight or stick sitting model in snow to get you out of it, I WILL take a measurement on mine folded, I HAVE THE MOUNT that quick release off easy to use, 1 second. the snipepod has to be balance, not stand alone. I t like alum tent pole shock corded and arrow size diameter.Atlas is like a tank. The unit sticks out folded, 2 1/8 '' from base of rifle, is 6 1/8 long folded. Can fold front or rear. I use a safari sling so rifle is at front and I have hands free for glassing or climb, weight is spread over shoulders.
     
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  5. venom600

    venom600 Well-Known Member

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    Anybody use the EMA Tactical BPO or BPOS bipod for hunting? Looks like a solid product (from the comfort of my couch :D). Heckuva lot cheaper than the Atlas too...

    --Ben
     
  6. venom600

    venom600 Well-Known Member

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    Well I ordered the EMA (CAA) bipod today. Need to order the Seekins sling rail too. We'll see how it goes. Here's the bipod I ordered.....seems like a solid, well thought out unit:
    NBP - Command Arms Accessories

    --Ben
     
  7. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Did you give any consideratin to the Harris bipods? The models that swivel and have leg notches are great.
     
  8. venom600

    venom600 Well-Known Member

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    The Caldwell XLA that I tried was a Harris knockoff and I was concerned with the way it blocked the second swivel stud on my HS Precision stock (swivel studs on HS Precision stocks are only 2" from each other). I'm assuming that I would have had a similar issue with an actual Harris.

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  9. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    True, but the Harris has a swivel stud build into it.
     
  10. venom600

    venom600 Well-Known Member

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    So did the knockoff, but the built in swivel stud was about an inch and a half away from the stock. So, when shouldered, the edge of the bipod would ride on my shoulder....not very comfortable. Not sure if the Harris stud is closer to the rifle or not, but this new system solves most of the gripes I've had with all of my experiments so far.

    --Ben