Good bipod height?

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  1. Wheatgerm

    Wheatgerm Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, this will be my first post on the websight. I recently purchased a Remington 700 sps 300 wsm. I have a load picked out and have it to a 1" group but still working some bugs out. Once im done with the bench and getting everything zero I would like to start only shooting off a bipod, because this os a hunting gun I will be on the bipod in the field...
    My question is, what's a good range of height for a bipod on a hunting rifle? I've been reading reviews on the shooters ridge rock mount bipod and seems to be a good option in the price I want to spend, however it is only 6-9 in height. That doesn't seem like much to me but may possibly be enough? Any inputs would be great thanks
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    For hunting and shooting in the prone position I use the Harris swivel 9~13" bipod. Most shots are from it's lowest setting unless I am shooting up at a fairly steep angle up. Then it comes up a few notches so I can get under the recoil pad. I have never needed more than this for prone shooting and prone is the only way I shoot for any shot past 300 yards.

    Jeff
     

  3. Wheatgerm

    Wheatgerm Well-Known Member

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    agreed, prone is how i will do all my shooting once im off the bench.. i just didnt know if the 9-13 would be too tall... but i could see the 6-9 being far too short if you were in grassy or sage conditions or shooting on any kind of an uphill. thanks for the reply
     
  4. Greyfox

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    I found the 9-13", swivel, notched, Harris to be best, almost always shooting at 13". Not only is it more comfortable for my body structure, it helps to clear the grass, or soft ground easier. Also at 13", the longer legs will flex, allowing a slight forward pressure which tightens my groups up significantly.
     
  5. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    6" to 9" has always been plenty of height for me. The closer I am to the ground, the better. The 6 to 9 also works well from the bench where you can work up loads while shooting off the bi-pod.

    Taller bi-pods are useful for shooting over vegetation or using the bi-pod while sitting on the ground. Eventually you will want more than one size bi-pod. Let's face it, there's no way to save money in this sport. :D
     
  6. Wheatgerm

    Wheatgerm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input greyfox, I think for me if it were always being on 13 would seem a little tall for me, but would be nice when needed.
    Well put varmint hunter, there really isn't any cheap route in this hobby as im learning. 6-9 seems it would be perfect for me until i needed to shoot uphill or over grass... too bad they don't make a 6-13 lol.
    we'll I ordered the 9-13 I guess we will see how it feels in the prone position
    thanks for the input guys!
     
  7. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    I otta envy you guys that can shoot off of those Harris type bipods.

    I've never got the knack.:rolleyes: Every so often I break one out and give it another go and again it doesn't work out.:rolleyes:

    A solidly built bipod gives me little trouble.:rolleyes:

    Guess I'm too rigid. . .:rolleyes:
     
  8. FEENIX

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    Because of the terrain, i.e brush/grass I used 13 1/2" to 27" afield ... it allows me to shoot from prone to sitting position.
     
  9. Wheatgerm

    Wheatgerm Well-Known Member

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    I like your idea and understand if it isn't tall enough for "that shot that counts" then its basically worthless. But I would like to be able to get lower than 13. I think if I was only able to be at 1315 in prone it would make me more inaccurate than a good pair of shooting sticks.
     
  10. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    If I have the clearance that warrants the shot to be lower than 13", I stow away the bipod and use my backpack as a stable platform/rest to take the shot.
     
  11. mrb1982

    mrb1982 Well-Known Member

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    this is exactly why I went with the 13 1/2-27 Harris. I had the same conversation with myself. Using a pack all the way up to the 27" bipod, I can shoot anywhere from completely prone to a good sitting position with an excellent sight picture.