I use both. I always prefer to shoot prone if at all possible but hunting in the steep mountains of Idaho, Wyoming and Utah there are many times where the angle of the steep hillside just doesn't work for my bi-pod. In these cases I love my light weight Steady Stix by Primos. Shot the bull in my avatar sitting on a 30 deg hillside shooting down and across a canyon at 639 yards. Hit him two for two as fast as I could roll the bolt. Both hits 4 inches apart in the crease of the shoulder. Couldn't have made a shot like that with a bi-pod unless it had legs extendable 40" in which case it would be too heavy and awkward for packing a rifle around.I’ve been hunting and shooting for probably 60 of my 75 years. I read all I can to improve my skills. And now I am trying to decide on the purchase of either a bi pod or shooting sticks. In the past I have relied on using the best available rests: trees, fence posts, cushioned rocks, and the list goes on. Which rest do you use - bi pod or shooting sticks - and why?
Not very workable in the mountains of the west. Much easier to build a rear support with pack, rocks, etc and use the sticks out front on a steep hillside.View attachment 145825
Shooting sticks are great for the buttstock while shooting off the tripod. You can mark the legs for the correct height, to make the set up faster. Notice the “prone” bipod is attached even at the range. It gives you a ton of options, but the terrain and time available dictates which option you choose.
Ckye pod triple is amazing if you aren’t walking too far. Downfall is it is heavy. Super stable prone and the ability to use it sitting/kneeling/almost standing is a game changer for predator hunting or day hunts with less walking.I mean whit this
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It is not tripod.
Since my last post on this subject, I have tried many kinds of shooting sticks with miserable results. I just can not shoot with sticks. I use bi-pods very well, I use my backpack very well, and I use the trees well.. so I reckon sticks are not in my "wheelhouse" for shooting. of all the places I have hunted in the past.. setting up a tri-pod, or these sticks or anything with a rear rest in the field has lost me too many good pieces of meat. I will stick to my Harris Bi-pod, my Maxpedition backpacks, and if I have to; a tree limb and trunk. You all can have your sticks and tri-pods and other things.. I was never meant to use them.