Bipod Vs Sling Vs Shooting Sticks

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by classic.rocker978, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. classic.rocker978

    classic.rocker978 New Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    Well... I normally try to get within 100 yards of most game I take but I'm comfortable shooting targets out to 200 yards. I'm going to begin practicing a lot and want to eventually feel comfortable taking deer out to 300 yards in the open bean fields. I want opinions on if I should be using a Bipod, Sling or Shooting Sticks. I'd probably make a dual purpose walking/shooting stick if I go that route.

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    You should train with and expect to use all 3.
  3. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    I agree. Plus you might want to try each to see if you have a change of POI.
  4. Gondini

    Gondini Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2009
  5. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Depends on the terrain and what you're most comfortable and practiced with.

    I've shot way more predators and deer and antelope with shooting sticks than I ever have from a bipod. But if I have a bipod and the terrain allows me to get prone, I'll take the bipod any time.

    A bipod from sitting position is steadier (for me anyway) than shooting sticks are, but if the shots are expected to be quick then I prefer the sticks. They're way quicker to get into position with, and still steadier than a hasty sling.

    Deer at 300 from sticks isn't a problem with a little practice. Sitting position, it seems to help a great deal (sticks or bipod either one) when I have something to rest my back against, like a big sagebrush, rock or tree.

    Hope that helps.:)
  6. rcdinaz

    rcdinaz Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2011

    I use shooting sticks far more often and took the bipod off my rifle. I have nothing against the bipod but it gets hung up in my eberlestock scabard. The sticks have been versatile in that I can also use them as a walking stick or to push cat claw out of my way.

    Sling is kind of a given as i am not sure how I would operate with out one.

    I am going to also carry a rest with a quick disconnect plate for my tripod this season.
  7. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Most of the time I seem to end up simply resting my rifle on my backpack, or on a jacket rolled up over a log. Or, using my sling. Time to time I use the shooting sticks. Rarely the bipod ,and I don't generally have a bipod on my rifle during hunting season.

    In contrast, I seem to use the bipod quite a bit when I'm shooting rock chucks or other varmints.

    I'll freely admit to being a bit of a sling shooting nut.

    Regards, Guy
  8. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2009
    Depends on the type of shooting. Shooting sticks if under 200 yds mostly, Biopod if longer than 200 and have time prone shooting. Sling if stalkeing and have very little time to get shot off.
  9. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    i use all three. the sling is of course always on the rifle. The only time the bi-pod comes off the rifle is on high country hunts when I need to fit it into my scabbard. and the shooting sticks are always accessable on the side of my pack. Get good with your sling before you even buy a bi-pod so that your bi-pod is a tool not a crutch.
  10. Aussie_hunter

    Aussie_hunter Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2011
    I use a bi-pod but I would like to try a shooting stick, I want to buy a bi-pod that you can use when you sit down insted of the prone position might buy a shooting stick when I get that new bi-pod. What shooting stick do you fellas recommend?