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 sThe 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!!
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 wellYou 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
But, why are they a big step up?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.
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.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.