Atlas bipods: what am I missing?

Mram10us

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I’m a lifelong Harris user (and cheap). I don’t see a need for something else, but haven’t tested the atlas. Do you see a difference at long range? Please explain. Thanks
 

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In general I would say no.I do alot of mountain hunting,and the atlas fits some situations better.The legs go front or rear or can have one each way and Ive found this nice to shot off log or root,or some rock.Now if im east side speed goat I want taller harris,flip and go,get me above sage brush In this shot my tripod with saddle I made helping out.Gives more range of options too
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The harris works really well when integrated with an ADM lever QD but if its stud install they suck! the new [email protected] CAL is probably the best bipod I've ever used ..under the 5H from atlas of course .. the v8 was good but the panning feature did not lend itself well to higher recoiling rifles and would twist under recoil on the leg with most resistance causing left or right shots, so with the new cal they've corrected that and now its my go to for prone shooting!!
 

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The harris works really well when integrated with an ADM lever QD but if its stud install they suck! the new [email protected] CAL is probably the best bipod I've ever used ..under the 5H from atlas of course .. the v8 was good but the panning feature did not lend itself well to higher recoiling rifles and would twist under recoil on the leg with most resistance causing left or right shots, so with the new cal they've corrected that and now its my go to for prone shooting!!
You had me until you said the Harris sucks with a stud. I’ve had great luck shooting out to 1400+ with a stud mounted Harris s :)
 

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I keep coming back around to the Harris, the Atlas and a couple other similar designs really throw a lot of vertical for me and how I shoot, I can make it work but it's just not as repeatable especially on magnums that your wanting to recoil and control it over the top of the arc.
 

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You had me until you said the Harris sucks with a stud. I’ve had great luck shooting out to 1400+ with a stud mounted Harris s :)
:D:D:D they dont "suck" per say they're really great bipods i just hate having anything solid fixed to my rifle .. i have the harris that i attached a ADM lever mount to and it works very well
 

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I've used and still do from time to time Harris, starting from the days when they first came out on and off the job, good bipod. With that said; I have four of Atlas bipods in different models and they are a very big step up, and yes! you will pay for it.
 

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The Harris is a great bipod if you want something cheap and it has some advantage to speed in deploying the spring-loaded legs. However they tend not to be as durable, need aftermarket support to get with the times (QD, arca, podlock, spike feet). The Atlas seems to be far more durable at matches. It you see a bipod break at a batch it tends to be a Harris but then again it is cheap for a reason.

With enough money in add-ons you can get a Harris to have quick release, better locking, and better feet.

Also the Harris is not very accurate in the shortest length as the leg length is spring-loaded and in the shortest position the legs have a lot of spong.

In PRS many still use the Harris but far more that started with a Harris have switched away to an Atlas or other model with similar features. The Harris is not nearly as useful in alternative type positions as is does not have the flexibility of the leg design found in an Atlas (and not other brands). The leg design of the Atlas provide 3 different range of heights with the stock legs and the legs can be loaded in any position, unlike a Harris.

When it boils down to it, you won't go wrong with a Harris but you will be able to do more with an Altas. Just depends upon what you plan to do with it. Most people don't need good equipment for the occasional range day or yearly deer stand hunt. If you use your gear in harder conditions or learn to use more alternative shooting techniques, an Atlas will be a better choice.
 

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I've used and still do from time to time Harris, starting from the days when they first came out on and off the job, good bipod. With that said; I have four of Atlas bipods in different models and they are a very big step up, and yes! you will pay for it.
But, why are they a big step up?
 

Mram10us

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The Harris is a great bipod if you want something cheap and it has some advantage to speed in deploying the spring-loaded legs. However they tend not to be as durable, need aftermarket support to get with the times (QD, arca, podlock, spike feet). The Atlas seems to be far more durable at matches. It you see a bipod break at a batch it tends to be a Harris but then again it is cheap for a reason.

With enough money in add-ons you can get a Harris to have quick release, better locking, and better feet.

Also the Harris is not very accurate in the shortest length as the leg length is spring-loaded and in the shortest position the legs have a lot of spong.

In PRS many still use the Harris but far more that started with a Harris have switched away to an Atlas or other model with similar features. The Harris is not nearly as useful in alternative type positions as is does not have the flexibility of the leg design found in an Atlas (and not other brands). The leg design of the Atlas provide 3 different range of heights with the stock legs and the legs can be loaded in any position, unlike a Harris.

When it boils down to it, you won't go wrong with a Harris but you will be able to do more with an Altas. Just depends upon what you plan to do with it. Most people don't need good equipment for the occasional range day or yearly deer stand hunt. If you use your gear in harder conditions or learn to use more alternative shooting techniques, an Atlas will be a better choice.
I have used Harris for years with most shots being over 1000 yards and they work, so they are not cheap or inaccurate. They are definitely durable because I have beat mine up for years.

I gathered that the legs have 3 ranges which is great. What else makes it worth it to you?
 

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Long time harris user here. I have tryed alot of the other expensive brands including a atlas bt10, and the EOL carbon fiber one and was just not impressed with any of them, so i always have went back to the harris. I just got a DT HTI so i decided i would try the atlas 5h to help control some of the monstrous recoil that the 50bmg produces. Atleast i hope it will help with the recoil since i can lock the feet so they dont fold ahead when the rifle recoils back like a harris would do. Guess we will see.
 

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