help me choose a bipod, and dont say harris...

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by groper, May 3, 2010.

  1. groper

    groper Well-Known Member

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    Im looking for a new bipod for my custom 375CT that is almost finished. i refuse to put a crappy harris bipod on a $5500 rifle, so please suggest something decent.
    Cheers
     
  2. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    What about the Harris don't you like?

    They seem to work good for everyone else.
     

  3. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    +1 W/ geargrinder. You took away my vote before it was even cast. Did you have a bad experience with Harris?
     
  4. Joaquin B

    Joaquin B Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you are going to get many replies:rolleyes:
     
  5. groper

    groper Well-Known Member

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    the harris are flimsy, have many exposed sharp edges / springs that get caught in trees/gear etc, they rust easily and i just plain dont like the look of them. I dont believe they support the weight and recoil of a 20lb 375cheytac adequately either. I want somthing better. Im thinking along the lines of ATLAS, parker hale, rock sopmod etc etc. Somthing SOLID.
     
  6. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

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    I agree I have never liked them much, and they are really loud.......
     
  7. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    I still love mine, but Point taken. Unfortunately I have no experience with any of the afore mentioned. I look forward to seeing what you choose. Post pics when you get it all put togather. Sounds like a neat project.
    Or invest in a gun bearer and some wagon wheels:D. That'd make a great pic too.
     
  8. padd54

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  9. royinidaho

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    Here's why I make my own:


    • The springs ring when you shoot which bugs me.
    • I'm uncomfortable about being consistent with the required preloading being consistent under field conditions.
    • They are never at the correct height and difficult to level. The lock is just one more mechanical thing to reach for.
    • When shooting at steep angles, especially up hill, it'll fold up with a heavy rifle if you pull your shoulder off to reach for something or shift around getting into position.
    I make my own solid aluminum with leg length generally determined by "average" shooting conditions. The option of using different length, easy to pack, extensions allow for very steep up hill shooting from level ground or to get above grass.

    If the bubble isn't level when I set up, I grab the pistol grip and twist the rifle onto the high leg and slide the whole rig back and forth cutting a grove in the dirt until the bubble is level.

    As the legs are fixed I rigged another way to mount the carry sling which turns out to me more comfortable and serviceable than slinging the rifle over the shoulder.
     
  10. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    Rock Creek has one, not cheap, but it's an option. New Page 2

    Chris
     
  11. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Roy, how about a pic of the one you made?
     
  12. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    Both are prototypes and are a bit rough machining wise but function as intended.

    Note the flush mount on the rear and typical sling stud on the bipod. There are one on each side of the bipod with a "Y" on that end of the sling. The Sling has the flush mount swivel on the rear and is quickly removed if necessary for shooting. I carry the thing like an M-60. The scene seems to be a bit intimidating to those I meet on the trail.:)

    Original version:

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    Next version on carry gun: A little taller as there isn't as much time to mow grass when doing the walk and stalk thing.

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  13. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Looks to me to be pretty sturdy and I think you said made from aluminum and steel so probably not heavy either...good combo. Thanks for posting the pics.
     
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