I have never used a bipod - but am considering starting ... I was in some scenarios last year where I think one could have been useful - obviously if I was familiar with using it, sighted in accordingly, etc. In both the scenarios I am thinking of - I just had to get closer. One scenario I still screwed up (though much closer), and the other scenario I made quite good just a few minutes later (closer on another critter).
Piggy-back to the original question ... both my big game guns are short barrel ... so I am wondering if I would cancel out the bipod advantage because I have less rifling, stability (mass), and dimished velocity.
With that in mind - if I go bipod - I will have to get a new rifle to put it on.
(I wonder if my wife will buy off on such logic?)