Bipods

bretterath

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What is everyone using for bipods. I have a elk hunt this year in wyoming and trying to see what will work best for this. I have used Harris for a while but hate having it on my gun all the time and not just convenient to take it on and off. I have used a stoney point rapid pivot for hunting and now lost it and can't find it and looks to me they don't make it anymore. This is what I'm talking about https://www.google.com/#q=stoney+po...terssupply.com%2FItem%2F00060T2B13PXX;440;440
I was thinking of getting a atlas with the quick attach on it but just not sure if I want to Carry it around in the mountains. What are your guys thoughts.
 

kcebcj

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Have never seen the need for a bipod. The extra weight on the rifle is not justified in my opinion. This area I hunt is so rough and steep a bipod would not work well anyway. Shoot from my knees out to 300 yards. Always have on a backpack or fanny pack so simply use them as a front bag while laying over a rock pile etc. This has worked well for a lot of years.

I have hunting buddies that have bipods and honestly can say that I have never seen them use them in a hunting situation in this steep country. Out on the prairie or in mild country they probably would be fine if you can get above the grass.
 

bretterath

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thanks for the info, i haven't hunted much in the mountains so good to hear your thoughts on it, thanks a lot
 

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For using a bipod I'm completely the opposite of the above. In the last 100 head of deer, elk, antelope, bear and throw in one sheep I'll bet I've been down on the bipod 90 some times.

If you liked the concept of your old Stoney Point Rapid Pivot I would suggest you look at the "javelin" made in the UK. Looks like much better quality than the Stoney but at 250 or so bucks it should be.

FYI: I am now using a tripod with a quick attach adapter that I use in the prone position - same tripod I use for my spotting scope.

I have taken many head with the Stoney and still pack one to this day- it's inexpensive, rubber yokes are junk and they are no longer made because of all the problems they have had. Good news is I've got enough extra yokes to last a while.
 

FEENIX

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Have never seen the need for a bipod. The extra weight on the rifle is not justified in my opinion. This area I hunt is so rough and steep a bipod would not work well anyway. Shoot from my knees out to 300 yards. Always have on a backpack or fanny pack so simply use them as a front bag while laying over a rock pile etc. This has worked well for a lot of years.

I have hunting buddies that have bipods and honestly can say that I have never seen them use them in a hunting situation in this steep country. Out on the prairie or in mild country they probably would be fine if you can get above the grass.

I used to do the backpack (still carry them) method too but have transitioned to bipods (mostly Harris) many years ago. Also added bipod buddy.

My initial use of bipods started as means of securing the rifle safely while at rest, glassing, or relieving myself. :D They make pretty good prop for a photo shoot too. :cool:

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The extra weight issue doesn't bother me much anymore ...

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rwest

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I'm a fan of bipods never hunted out west but hills of pa they work out well for me. I have a atlas with quick connect to swap around on guns I can't afford one for every gun. Well built and swivel to get rid of any cant.
 

bretterath

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on bipods i do like the atlas cause u have the option of removing it very quick if needed.
 

Outlaw6.0

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I don't recall an animal i've taken that wasn't from my bipod. As stated above, terrain really dicates which setup will work the best. I'd recommend talking to your elk guide about the terrain you will be hunting in & what equipment has been successful for them.

Where I hunt, it's all gentle rolling hills & shots can range from 100ys to 1 mile. It just depends on where you find your animal.

For me, it's Atlas all the way, I honestly don't care for my Harris bipods. The quick Detach is a really nice feature for back pack hunters & there are a couple companies making Molle pouches just to carry the Atlas. For me, the only reason I detach it is to switch rifles :D




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jfseaman

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I am a bipod preferer.

A lesson I learned the hard way. If you sight with the bipod, hunt with the same bipod even if the shot is offhand.

I have a Sinclair Gen II on my 338 Edge. Admittedly not a hunting rig per say.

I have been a fan of Harris bipods for "hunting" setups and got rid of everything of lesser quality but.....

I recently tried a new bipod from Tactical Rifle Bipods / Bipod Adapters | TipTop ® Rifle Bipod. They are new on the market. After purchasing the first one, a TipTop® Pivot Easy Level & Pan Rifle Bipods 6-9", I got a second 9-13 to try on the Edge. The model I have is screw lock legs and the closest Harris model is the S-BR but the Harris does not have a pan feature. The closer model to the Harris is the TipTop® Easy Pivot (Level) Rifle Bipods.

The TopTop is heavier by 1.5 oz model to model. This is because the TipTop is stronger with larger diameter legs and has a couple features missing on the Harris. 1) the stud mount yoke is spring loaded to open and say in the slot. Unlike the Harris where you have to spread the yoke and it falls out at with the worst timing. 2) The swivel lock is included.

The TipTop® Picatinny Tactical Rifle Bipods is quick connect but it requires picatiny rail and like I said above sight with it, shoot with it. Maybe for lower "power" rifles there is less difference but with the 338/26-Nosler it was huge to not have that 1lb on the forend causing multiple misses on elk until I got my act together and put it on even for the offhand shot.

Note: If you get one, the package will say made in China. It is American engineered and quality controlled. I spoke with the engineer and the passion for quality is very high. The production is overseas to control costs, bummer but I'm not going to give up on overseas made if it's better than American Owned+Made. If Harris were to integrate all the features and make them as strong/stiff as the TipTop, I might go back. It's not about price.
 

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I have shot the majority of my game without bipod.I shot 4 position small bore for basics.Improvesied many times,but Ive packed a 10 oz. atlas the last 5 years and would not be without for that once in a lifetime trophy.
 

bretterath

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i just ordered a atlas yesterday and a rail now just trying to figure out the best way to mount that rail.
 

sp6x6

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What kind stock,if wood just need screw.If composite alot are hollow or foam filled,drill minimum hole on face then you use a backer washer and nut,some kits give star type backer.I then 5 min epoxy the nut or star piece to inside of stock,very simple.
 

bretterath

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I will be putting a small rail on stock up front for atlas. I will be doing it on my manners, hs and a factory tikka stock. Just got some marine tex and some t nuts hopefully that will do the job. Thanks for the input guys.
 
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