Bipod vs Tripod and Saddle

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by nathank, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. nathank

    nathank Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    What do you guys prefer for long range hunting a bipod or a tripod and saddle type set up?
  2. Crews

    Crews Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    either, depending on the situation. A good prone position off the bipod with a rear bag is preferred, but often not possible. Lately, I've been practicing and trying to become proficient from seated and kneeling positions with a short Pig tripod and saddle, with a large lightweight Traust positional bag to fill in the void under my strong side elbow.

    I've found that the shorter Pig tripod for kneeling/sitting shots is realistic. However, you need to spend a whole lot more money on a way better tripod if you want to hit anything from a standing position at longer distances (400+ yards)
  3. geo4061

    geo4061 Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Crews you nailed that one. Two thumbs up. The Caldwell is also a good set up if you do not mind the weight.
  4. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Only you can determine that, based on how and where you hunt long range. Type of terrain, coupled with the conditions can be a game changer.
    If you hunt from stationary positions, especially the same ones year after year, you can usually adapt the locations to suit your preferred method at least to a point.
    The vast majority of all PA long range hunting/shooting is from some type of bench. Be it piled up rocks, a board nailed on a stump, or a small portable one carried to the location.
    It would be rare to hear about someone preferring prone/bipod there primarily due to terrain and other restraints. So to sum it all up, conditions will decide that for you to a large degree.
  5. eric1115

    eric1115 Member

    Dec 20, 2017
    Where I hunt, with the terrain and vegetation I can't count on being able to set up prone. Hammering off a bench or bipod is lots of fun, but if I'm training to be able to make the shot on game I'm working on stable seated position with tripod/saddle, pack tucked under right armpit, and eating humble pie after thinking I was hot stuff off the bench.
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