Bullmark, I find your setup intriguing, could you post a photo of it and how it sets up?Discovering the tripod and ball head has been the best thing I’ve tried in a long time. It did take me a few purchases to find the products that actually give me the stability to feel rock solid and make longer shots, and be light enough to carry without being a burden.
You generally get what u pay for, but I didn’t need to spend $1200 on a tripod or $700 on a head to get quality gear.
I am not familiar with all the terminology or technical descriptions but my experience boiled down to one factor......the top or base of the tripod, where the legs attach, can make or break your stability. The larger the diameter of the that round base, the better.
I first tried a traveler tripod, which was very nice and light. It had the center post that could extend the height. But the center was smaller and i could never quite get steady.
I then tried the same brand’s (Feisol) tournament model and it was night and day. It didn’t have the center section, which helps with weight, and the top base is twice the diameter. The weight is within a couple oz.s and folded length within 2-3 inches.
I use a quick release Arca plate on the ball head and a small 3” rail attached to the bottom of my rifles. I can’t imagine anything, other than a bench and sandbags, being more rock solid and mobile.
Hello again...if you are like I was, roughly a year ago, you have very little knowledge of the current tripod setups. I saw a video and was instantly interested in trying one. So down the rabbit hole I went and I’ve just found what I believe to be a really solid set up. I bought another tripod before settling on the one in the pics. The most common way to run these things are to have a ball head attached to the top base of the tripod. That ball head will loosen and tighten, allowing you to move the rifle in any direction to acquire your target.Bullmark, I find your setup intriguing, could you post a photo of it and how it sets up?
I often do the same, next to a tree in cheap my ghillie suit. Works well. I often use a ghost blind with it to hide me a bit better.View attachment 299359I'm always about "better to have and not need, than to need and not have", but I found a bipod on my hunting rig is useless FOR ME. Laying prone in the field is about like kissing your cousin. Yeah, the idea might might be tempting, but it still ain't right. I'll leave prone to the range/target shooting.
So, the shooting stick and field chair is where its at. Gonna start training for this style, along with standing shots, and reconfirm zeros.
Just took my antelope off my harris probably could have free handed it but the terrain was open 320yards...never had an issue with them being on my guns. Not with accuracy not with weight and when u need them most they are there!! I will say those guide safari shooting sticks are cool but then your hands are always occupied
Brown snake . Not good. Could of be lethal... Lucky ! Lucky camel also.As a commercial shooter we never use a Bipod however I was on a holiday come camping trip with some mates out in the Simpson Desert and I fitted a Bipod on one of my favourite rifles for a trial and had an opertunity to try to nock down a Camel at about 700 metres so I lay down on to of a sand hill with the Bipod extended thinking this will be a record shot and just about when I was to fire I felt something going across my right leg so I froze and not taking the shot was all I could do - Yes a brown snake and it slithered off fortunatly so from now on no more lying down in the scrubb for me its too f--k--g dangerous for me