I have never really liked bipods, and have long preferred shooting sticks. ( The Underwood is my favorite.) Since it is often not possible to lay down prone, the sitting position usually works well. Squashing the rifle down into the sticks a little bit and resting both arms ( just behind the elbows ) on my knees is very steady for me. Leaning the body against a tree or rock makes it even more steady. One can get into this position quickly, and the rifle is more comfortable to carry without a bipod attached to it. Bear in mind, I'm not talking about extended-range shooting here, but out to about 400 yards the sticks are really good. Prone with a bipod is obviously more steady, but terrain and brush often negate that possibility.