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Bi pod on rifle

I am just curious how many of you use a bipod on your rifles.  I will be hunting in Colorado this fall in rugged terrain.  9000-13000ft.  I was thinking of using a bipod for long shots but not sure if it will help or just hurt due to the added weight to carry.  Any thoughts?

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I never leave home without it !!

I never take my bipods off and my rifle and it wieghs in at 13 pounds without the bipod. Some guys use lighter wieght shooting sticks especially when hunting far back in the wilderness. I carry my rifle with everything on it sometimes up to 20 miles a day. I do use a Eberlestock pack that has the gun scabbered and holds my rifle with the bipods attached.

My dad always told me, "Alaways get a rest" !, whether it is a tree, fence post , my pack, or my bipods.


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I also use a bi pod or

I also use a bi pod or shotting sticks extensively while hunting. People make a big deal out of the extra weight but in some things it is worth it. For my kids I just carry the sticks because I am not hunting and it makes it quicker to get into position. For myself it depends on the hun I am using. Make sure you get a good one, I like the Harris swivel model to quickly adjust for uneven ground. Make sure you get one tall enough as well so it can be used sitting if needed or still be able to go prone and see over most of the low brush. I can't remember the height on mine but I think it's the one just short of the tallest. Lastly make sure you sight in with it on as it could change the impact  a bit. Some rifles it will torque the stock and change things and I had one that was free floated that would bounce and hit the stock and throw shots until I hogged the barrell channel out a little more.

My Tikka is a limited laminated model and it works great on that one but my Remington 7mm has too much stock flex and I use shooting sticks to get the rest point more under the action instead of the barrell.


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The only use I could maybe

The only use I could maybe find for a bi-pod would be shooting over a prairie dog town, naybe. Not only do they add weight but they have to make the rifle handle differently. Then for big game hunting, if you know how to position shoot, you'll shoot more than well enough for big game. There is a game they play at the Wittington Center where you shoot at targets to 700yds and have to walk a course, a bi-pod would be benifical there.

Your hunting Colorado this year, I'm guessing deer and elk? Ya don't need a bi-pod to hit a 12" target at even 300yds, why carry it? If you can get a rest it certainly is better but you don't have to carry a tree, a rock and your coat will be there anyway and a good prone position is awful steady. I have considered a bi-pod in the past. Right up till I put it on a rifle and felt the change it made in how it handles.

One more thought. You gonna take one that works for prone shooting or sitting? If you can only get a sitting shot off and you have the prone hight one, you gonna pass the shot? What if you have the sitting height, you pass on the prone? I did give in and made myself a set of shooting sticks several years ago. Took them once and never took them again. Learning position shooting is just to easy and more than steady enough.

One last though. Your obviously not from Colorado and may not have tried to take in air at 9,000-13,000 ft. There is not a lot of it up there and before it's done you may want to shave your legs to lighten the load!

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I have

three models of pods and sticks. One is a Versa pod which attaches to the stock, I like that the attachment swivels to move on targets but find it heavy to lug thru the country so don't use it often. I also have a Harris bipod attached model which is lighter but doesn't not swivel so if a target comes in not directly in front of you or higher or lower you have to pick up the rifle and shoot so really not very versatile. I only use these for coyote hunting and don't use them much anymore for the reasons stated.

I mainly use Stoney Point adjustable length shooting sticks when coyote or biggame hunting. I like them because their light and double as a walking stick when lengthened when hitting steep country and if I sit down are adjustable to use them seated for a rest. I've used these to get rock solid and made hits on elk and deer with an iron sighted muzzleloader to 150 yards. I've used them to get solid and make hits with a scoped rifle on coyotes and antelope to over 300 yards and one turkey with shotgun at ten yards. I like em and don't leave camp without em. If I didn't have I'd still try to get as solid as possible with whatever presented itself to me at the time.

True to what Don said in many situations you don't have time to adjust your sticks and when I'm in that situation I don't use them just drop em to my side and get to shooting. But, as stated above I've been in many situations where I spotted game and was either set up i.e. seated still hunting with my sticks adjusted short for sitting shots or they were adjusted to the right length or I had the time to adjust them and make the shot when I was walking or moving.

And, again in steep country they have been invaluable as a walking stick and support especially when I had a heavy load of meat on my back.

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Bipod on rifle

I've used a Harris bipod before, but like SoCo said, it doesn't reposition particularly well.  It can definitely be a factor if your animal is moving across your field of view.  I wound up taking it off and relying on natural rests using available trees, etc.  But if I was in open country with no trees and long shots, I might think differently.

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I'm sort of with Don on this

I'm sort of with Don on this one.  I hunted Wyoming for 6 years, successfully all 6 to.  I carried a Harris bi-pod, used it twice.  I shot 6 deer and 5 antelope.  I used the bi-pod when I scouted and knew where I was going to sit.  However, the Air Force has tought me many different shooting positions and whether I was using the bi-pod or shooting off hand, the result was the same.  Here in Colorado, I haven't been using a bi-pod except when shooting at the range.  And at the range, I only use one for testing different loads.  When I practice, I use shoot prone, sitting, and standing against a pole for a rest.  I use these positions at ranges out to 300 yds.  When I started hunting in Colorado 2 yrs. ago, I found the altitude to be a real kick in the pants, so I would suggest making yourself as light as possible and use what the good Lord gave ya' to shoot with.  Practice shooting at a pie plate around 200 yds.  When you're hitting it regularly, move it out to 300 yds. and continue practicing.  The one positive about Colorado hunting is that while there are trees, you'll find many shots give you a good lane to shoot through.  I found Eastern White-tail more difficult due to thick trees where I was shooting.  A 50 yd. shot seemed more difficult in NY than a 200 yd. shot in Wyoming.  So to sum it up, I would'nt suggest using a bi-pod here - I would suggest lots of practice and a accurate, trustworthy rifle.  Good luck,

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I sometimes use a bipod

I do not use them on elk and deer, as I will typically have something in the field that I can use for an improvised rest.  On my two longest shots on elk, I had plenty of time to find an improvised rest.  I do use a bipod for antelope hunting.  I like the steadiness it provides for small targets at sometimes great distances.  However, the past few years, I've made more of a point of getting closer and the terrain has sometimes made it impossible to use the bipod, and I was better off just resting the gun over my pack.

When I lived in Texas, I did a lot of deer culling by laying in a two track with a bipod suppported rifle.  It was a godsend for that kind of shooting, but I'm not sure I have run into a situation hunting deer or elk where I thought a bipod would have helped significantly.

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The only BiPod I have on a

The only BiPod I have on a rifle is my .17HMR.  All my other gun I use while hunting I use shooting sticks or whatever I can find in the field to use as a rest.  I find them to be too bullky espescially as much walking as I do.  If i was stand hunting strictly I may consider it.  I always just think back to a buddy that put on on his new .325WSM and it broke after one shot.

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If I'm using a bipod that

If I'm using a bipod that means I have time to go prone.

If I have time to go prone, I have time to place my pack in front of me to use as a rest for the rifle. Outside of the Range I find little use for a Bipod that something else can't suffice in it's place. Shooting sticks are worth double their weight in gold in my opinion.



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Bi pods not worth the trouble

Gotta agree with some others above - the loss of rifle balance, ungainliness, added weight and bulk of an attached bipod isn't worth the benefits.  Every time I've tried them, they end up in camp or in the truck after a couple of days.  The only time I actually shot at game with one attached was when I was rock chuck hunting and ended up resting on a rock because the uneven footing provided by the rock pile I was shooting from didn't allow the use of the bipod.

A collapsible set of shooting sticks on the other hand can and have been worht their weight in gold many times.