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me too

I’ll agree with preferring shooting sticks over a bipod simply because you can use the rifle unencumbered if you choose to do so.  That said, the attached bipod has the advantage of NOT needing another hand to carry it.  As a practical matter I don’t use either.  Even when I hunted in Namibia and practiced ling shots with shooting sticks for months in advance, I never used them even once the whole trip.  So I don’t own either a bipod or shooting sticks now and probably never will again.

 

Welcome mainecoast!  There is surely some good hunting in Maine.  I look forward to hearing more about it from you and God willing, hope to do some hunting there myself fairly soon.  Yes, I’m putting in for a Maine moose permit AGAIN, and hoping to get one this time!

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Not using a bipod I have

Not using a bipod I have heard a drawback to them that might be worth noting, other than that contraption on the stock destroys balance and looks tacky. You have to pay attention to where you set them down. As I understand it, the rifle with a bipod will shoot differently depending if the feel are set on a hadr surface or a soft surface.

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I have always used a bipod

I have always used a bipod while antelope hunting with great results. I can hit the ground prone in a matter of seconds and get off a perfectly solid shot.

Deer and elk hunting in the taller brush I almost always carry sticks, especially when my kids are hunting.

I get to carry the sticks in and the animal back out.

I believe they have made a huge difference with my son and daughter learning to get a good rested shot.

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