Bipod or Tripod for shooting on a slope?

megastink

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I hunt an area that requires me to take shots while sitting on a slope. The slope itself is mild, 20-30*. Most of my shots are from the 1 o' clock to 2:30 positions across the swamp ( look at my avatar) if I were sitting with my back directly to the slope. But its just steep enough to where I cant get a good rest for my rifle. I'm thinking of either a HUGE legged bipod, or if it exists, a tripod with a pivoting rest on top (so I can shoot my rifle level. Shots aren't far, less than 300 yards. But they're VERY awkward... to awkward to take sometimes and I don't want to pass up shots.

What are my options boys?
 

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I'm in the same boat, been considering one of these bipods. A little spendy but they all are.

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Rifle mounted on a tripod! I make arca Swiss and outdoorsmans adapters for mounting a rifle to your tripod.

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I hunt an area that requires me to take shots while sitting on a slope. The slope itself is mild, 20-30*. Most of my shots are from the 1 o' clock to 2:30 positions across the swamp ( look at my avatar) if I were sitting with my back directly to the slope. But its just steep enough to where I cant get a good rest for my rifle. I'm thinking of either a HUGE legged bipod, or if it exists, a tripod with a pivoting rest on top (so I can shoot my rifle level. Shots aren't far, less than 300 yards. But they're VERY awkward... to awkward to take sometimes and I don't want to pass up shots.

What are my options boys?
There are quite a few good options for keeping the rifle steady and getting off a good shot.
But especially in places like Pa, your shot could impact one of the many unseen tree branches before hitting the target. How fast you can recover, and get off another good shot, even if the target has changed its location, makes all the difference in shooting systems.
Another major problem is portability, if your hunting from a permanent location thats one thing, and total size wont matter much. But if your moving about, its another thing as to your choices.
Standing while shooting has definite advantages as for maneuverability, especially on follow up shots where the target has moved to a different location.
And also on steep or otherwise unsuitable terrain, it has definite advantages.
But that also requires more than just a camera type tripod.
Can you put your gun on the system chosen, then walk away from it to do other things like glassing for example?
Then simply come back to the gun and it be ready when you are?
Id recommend checking out ( The Ultimate Tripod ) made in Blairsville Pa.
Another very good system although pricier, is the ( Lone Star ) made in Texas.
I can furnish Email pics of both in use as well as others if your interested.
BTW, i lived in various parts of Bucks Co. for 64 years.
 

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Do you already have a tripod with you for glassing? If so, i took a piece of 4"x2" kydex and heated it to fit tight around my rifle foreend. Epoxied the kydex piece to a quickmount and use it on the tripod when needed. Dirt cheap and works great. 300yds is nothing for that kind of setup.
 

Mram10us

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Pvc pipe is stouter, and can be threaded for your adapter. Glue a closed cell pad in it....
I threaded the kydex too, but epoxy is always nice. I used a small piece of pad also with some 3m 77. Lots of options
 

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how about shooting across to another ridge/slightly downward?
Just like I tell all my long range rifle students, always shoot from a bipod in the prone position unless you can't or you're shooting uphill more than about 10deg. No tripod shot is going to be as stable as a bipod and rear bag laying on the ground will be. Shooting uphill from a bipod usually sucks comfort-wise and you have limited elevation capacity in your neck and back and holding those muscles in tension will bring spasming to the party so I normally advise all uphill shots with more than about 10 degrees of incline be done from a tripod since discomfort manifestly decreases a human beings ability to shoot with precision.
 

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