Bipod for rifle

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by back2bowhunting, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. back2bowhunting

    back2bowhunting Active Member

    Messages:
    33
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2015
    I need some advice. I've been on a kick to reduce weight of my 10lb rifle so that is easier to carry on hunts in mountains over long distances. I will use a backpack, but on past hunts I find that I like to carry my rifle in hand when I'm hunting so I really prefer lightweight. I have used backpack and walking stick/trigger stick for a rifle rest in the past.

    I have not used bipod attached to my rifle in the past, but want to do so in the future. So, it hit me - I'm making big effort to drop weight of my existing rifle only to add a significant amount of weight with attached bipod.

    What do you do - do you hunt with attached bipod? What's your rifle's total weight with or without the bipod?
     
  2. kyron

    kyron Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    218
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2016
    google neopod

    you will not find a lighter bipod.
     
  3. m3mike

    m3mike New Member

    Messages:
    4
    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2014
    The javelin bipod is excellent, just used it on a sheep hunt. Carbon fiber, adjustable and only 144 grams. Pricey though.
     
  4. hidesert

    hidesert Active Member

    Messages:
    34
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2016
    My old Ruger tang safety M&& weighs a bit over 8 lbs and I hate bipods. I use my backpack suitably bulked up with a down jacket/vest as a rest. Honestly though, in the typical country I hunt in, opportunities for prone shots are rare and it's just not worth it to put up with such an annoyance as a bipod to provide for them. More often I'm shooting off a tree stump or a rock or from a sitting position with sticks.
     
  5. back2bowhunting

    back2bowhunting Active Member

    Messages:
    33
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2015
    Thanks for the feedback. I'm still undecided but if I use bipod I will go with one of these lightweight options.
     
  6. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    171
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2015
    I use a carbon fiber bipod from Evolution bipods.

    Evolution Bipod

    It's very lightweight, and is modular, so that you can easily change out (or combine) legs for varying shooting heights and positions. Really really like this bipod.
     
  7. flashgordon

    flashgordon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    51
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    I have an evolution bipod and love it!
     
  8. DR 3006

    DR 3006 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    112
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2013
    I just got a javelin Bipod and like it. Nice that it's easy to remove and carry separately so can use as needed without changing balance of rifle also
     
  9. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,213
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2012
    For competition I use an Atlas bipod on my Ruger P{recision Rifle. That's too heavy for hunting. A bipod is an excellent accuracy aid. For more elevation use it off your pack or a rock or log.

    For the price I'd go with the Neopod. I may get one for my Ruger Amer. Predator for 'yote hunting here in southern Nevada.

    Eric B.
     
  10. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    171
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2015

    Neopod is kind of short. If you do a lot of prone shooting, it may be too short for you.

    I have a Neopod. Wish it were 2 inches taller.
     
  11. jfseaman

    jfseaman Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,172
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
  12. zeroforhire

    zeroforhire Member

    Messages:
    10
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2016
    Best I have found is the snipe pod by Kramer designs.
     
  13. JohnyRingo

    JohnyRingo Active Member

    Messages:
    41
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2017
    I used a bipod for years but got tired of the extra weight and how it road on my shoulder when packing the rifle. I then tried a shooting stick for a while but I don't feel they are a great rest if you use a real lightweight model. Now, I have decided to just used my tripod that I always pack for my lightweight spotting scope. I just pack an additional shoe and saddle attachment for the tripod that my rifle rests across on the shot. I can shoot prone, sitting or kneeling.

    Amazon.com: Hammers V Yoke rest mount attachment with 1/4-20 Camera thread for monopod shooting stick tripod: Camera & Photo

    Amazon.com: Glide Gear V Yoke Hunting Gun Rifle Stick/ Monopod / Tripod Holder: Sports & Outdoors