how do you rate the differnt bi-pods

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by ShootLong, Mar 13, 2002.

  1. ShootLong

    ShootLong Member

    Mar 7, 2002
    i've always used Harris bi-pods but i was wondering how the others rated.
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  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2001
    We use Harris's a lot but have used several other types and have stayed with the Harris. They are pretty reliable. Now that they swivel they are even easier to use in the field. The ones on your list range from too expensive to poorly made (China...) - relative to the Harris. There is one more that could go on your list called the Rugged Gear - not a bad unit. Legs telescope out then turn or spin out for fine adjustment as they are threaded.
    ALso have one called the Snipe-pod which is pretty slick - longer shock-corded folding legs almost like a cross between shooting sticks and the attached Harris since it locks on the swivel stud. Have used them quite a bit, they are much lighter than the Harris, more $, lots of people prefer them and they are great when you get some experience.

    My son and I use shooting sticks a lot - particularly like the Underwood's. They are super light, very quick to deploy and very steady if you practice with them. Not sure if he has a website but the address is Underwood, P.O. Box 924, Mocksville North Caroline 27028, phone 704 634-9009. They fit into a belt pouch and snap open in a second. The sticks are nearly as steady as a Harris, particularly if you only use the first section. They will let you do things that you can't with a Harris as they can be extended longer. Also made by Stoney Point - Underwoods might be tougher.
  3. John B

    John B New Member

    Apr 5, 2002
    The Versa-Pod works very well for us at Wind River Precision. I like it better than the Harris because it swivels freely. The S model Harris has a flat spring to keep the bipod centered, this means you must exert side preassure to the rifle to remove the cant if the ground is not level. This side preassure will vary depending on how much cant correction the postion will require and which direction the preassure is ie. right or left. This will in turn affect how the rifle recoils which will affect point of impact. The bipods that swivel freely don't feel as stable but with practice will allow better field shooting by allowing a neutral hold on the gun that is consistant fron shot to shot. The Versa-Pod is also quick detachable. We mount the stud in the end of the forend. This is fairly clean and adds little bulk or weight when the bipod is removed. The factory sling swivel adapter is to bulky for me.
  4. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2001
    John B...

    The "S" model Harris has an adjustable nut on it, and you can set it from very tight (the factory setting) to loosie goosie, and it will flop over.


    [ 04-28-2002: Message edited by: CatShooter ]