As to the Harris bipod, I was 14 when I shot my first coyote while I was deer hunting, the range was about 375 yds, only luck would have killed that coyote without it, that was in 1973 so they have been around a bit longer, I set it aside shortly after made the rifle heavier threw off the balance it did not point as well and made to much noise in the brush,LOL. I just realized that my rifles were all manufactured before commercial rifle bipods were sold (Wikipedia: Harris Engineering patent - 1979). So I know the manuals did not say I could or could not mod them for a bipod.
He definitely should have realized, when nothing but foam pieces started coming out from his drill bit, there wasn't any structural integrity of where he was placing the screw.They think you will shoot the ultralight rifle off hand, bags, backpack or some other rest. When I think ultralight bi-pods aren’t a consideration. Adding a bi-pod I think wasn’t the death nail of warranty. It was drilling into the stock to make the picatiny rail mount.
I agree a hunting stock or 3-gun competition type stock should have been made stronger. However, he added a rail and another stud forward of the original sling stud and I'm sure placed the bipod on the far forward position of the new rail. This caused the original sling stud to be a fulcrum for the forward installed rail causing excessive stress on the original stud position and I'm sure is the cause of the failure. Installing the forward rail was like putting a pry bar in front of the original stud and we all know what happens when you try to pry something with too much force -- it breaks (not brakes).I appreciate the OP sharing this as well as that he went back and read the manual and confirmed that it did not warn anyone not to do this. Any company selling a rifle designed for 'backcountry' use in places like the Rockies ought to expect folks want to use a bipod and given that this one appears to have broken where the original sling stud would be found, this could have happened almost as easily if the stock did not have a pic rail installed. And anyone selling a rifle like this that has had a pretty good reputation for quality ought to have wanted to take care of this as it does not take many reported incidents for this to be a bigger problem. I know that my perception has previously been that folks have had very few issues with their products that would be an issue for me as well and that has been changed here.
That’s one beautiful stockIf you want to send me the stock I will repair it for you. I've been a custom stock make for nearly 50 years and do a lot of repair work. I don't know where you're located but PM me for details if your interested. Here is a pic of a Maple stock I repaired this spring. It's one of my own but a friend used it last fall, leaned it against his truck then drove off and ran over it breaking it in three places. When I was finished, even though the repair shows, the barreled action dropped right back into it. Let me know.View attachment 201350
Wow, great resultWell Folks,
I got a phone call from Cooper this evening about this issue and apparently they've been discussing it and have decided that they would like to demonstrate excellent customer service and replace this stock for me at no cost despite my voiding the warranty by modification/misuse etc.
I was, of course instructed to only shoot off of bags, sticks, etc with the new stock...Something I will likely follow.
Thanks for making this post interesting. I certainly learned something from this event...and then learned quite a bit more from many of the replies here. I do solemnly swear to not put any holes or t-nuts into THIS replacement stock....(a promise I can't make for any other stock out there as everything can be improved on, right?)...Heck, I've got a pile of flush cups to some day add to many of my guns
Do you do wood work for shotguns too?If you want to send me the stock I will repair it for you. I've been a custom stock make for nearly 50 years and do a lot of repair work. I don't know where you're located but PM me for details if your interested. Here is a pic of a Maple stock I repaired this spring. It's one of my own but a friend used it last fall, leaned it against his truck then drove off and ran over it breaking it in three places. When I was finished, even though the repair shows, the barreled action dropped right back into it. Let me know.View attachment 201350