I'm looking at purchasing a biod. I was wondering if most prefer a swivel mount or a fixed set mount? Also by what manufacturer?
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July 11, 2009, 07:58 PM
I prefer Harris bipods, with the notched legs, without the swivel;)
Everybody has different preferences:D
July 11, 2009, 08:01 PM
Target shooting at the range a fixed non rotating head on the bipod is ok.
In the feild in a hunting situation ( calling preadators to a fixed location) a rotating head would be an advantage as the target could come from any direction.
Harris has set the standard for bipods for quite some time, there are many copies and the old addage is you get what you pay for.
ShootersRidge Harris copy is a little bit lighter made but looks like it would be worth the money.
July 11, 2009, 08:19 PM
Harris bipods, hands down. Swivel and smooth legs for me. Parker Hale styles are okk, but i never really liked them that much.
July 11, 2009, 08:22 PM
I've got Harris fixed and swivel, two different heights, a Sinclair, and a Versa Pod. The Sinclair is more steady, the Harris's are more versatile, the Versa Pod is about like the Harris- only less expensive.
Depends on what I'm doing as to preference. One Harris is a prone height, the other I can sit crosslegged and use. The Sinclair is prone. As is the Versa Pod.
July 11, 2009, 08:24 PM
i bought one at wallymart 39 bucks put it on a .22 works great for me adjustable legs exact same one at all the gunshops are around $50
July 11, 2009, 08:26 PM
I think the swivel question is determined by usage, if you only want to shoot from a bench then the non-swivel will save a bit and should be just as good...of course bags are really better for a bench, so I will assume that you want to use it for prone shooting, in which case a swivel is a must IMO. For us in the field shooting sticks work better because prone shots are typically pretty rare.
I think the Shooters Ridge would make a fine bipod for a dedicated range gun or rimfire, but if you want a more rugged design the Harris is the best for the money IMO. While I do believe that Harris makes a really good bipod, I think the GG&G Heavy Duty Swivel Bipod is the best on the market (but is costly). They are very solid and relatively light weight. They also pass mil. specs. but that should be no surprise b/c the Harris does as well. I have only played with one but I do have one on the way now. I will give a better review of it when it arrives (should come on Tuesday). I will update again when I put the intended rifle on it. :)
Wanted to add that I would NOT buy a bipod that is cheaper than a Shooters Ridge for any use, others have had success, but I am not one of them.
For bipods that are attached there are two that I like. The Wal-Mart (harris clone) one for $39 and the Caldwell if you need an affordable Pivot model (also a harris clone).
July 12, 2009, 01:44 AM
I have a Harris swivel notched leg, works great as an all around bi-pod.
July 12, 2009, 10:19 AM
I have a Harris pivot head in the length that goes to 25 inches. I bought it for shooting in the seated position, for I found few instances where shooting prone was practical due to vegetation being in the way of the shot.
However, when fully extended to allow shooting from the seated position, the legs are more wobbly than I would like. I am considering going to shooting sticks instead.
If you can do so, I recommend trying one that belongs to a friend or relative before you buy.
July 12, 2009, 10:23 AM
i use a rock creek sopmod. i like it much better than a harris. that being said, i want to try the accushot atlas.
July 12, 2009, 01:56 PM
Well for me it depends on what the use is going to be, then which rifle it will be for.
If hunting and using my long range rig, it has a Harris swivel on it. Generally shots with this particular rifle are from prone positions and the area in front has been cleared of any obstructions, and the ground has been stabilized.
IF simply spot and stalk I use one of the Stoney Point like was referenced in the post above. I have several rifles with the base attached, and simply need one set of legs. I have three actually but they are all the same. I keep one at each place I hunt so I never have to worry about leaving them behind. They have been very good on shots out to 400yds on critters and out to 500 easily hitting within decent groups for hunting.
No matter which one you choose you should verify the same ammo with them attached as with out to make sure that there is no differences in impacts at different ranges. IT sometimes does make a difference in the harmonics of a rifle. I haven't noted this happening with the Stoney Point as I have with the Harris. I am guessing that the more solid mount of the Harris and the hard or soft terrain will influence the differences.
July 14, 2009, 09:19 AM
41MAG makes a point I forgot to mention. My Harris bipod DOES change the impact of my rifle. In my case, I found that it makes it shoot high, about 2 to 3 inches at 100 yds. Maybe I do not shoot it correctly, but this has been my experience with it.
July 14, 2009, 09:30 AM
July 14, 2009, 08:18 PM
My GG&G bipod arrived today, so as promised I will give a brief review of my first impressions. It is very well built and all of the moving parts (including the P-rail clamp, the swivel, the folding mechanism, and the extensions) are very tight and are also very easy to operate. The bipod has a great finish, and all of the machining seems very nearly perfect. The only disadvantage that I have found (keep in mind that I just got it and it has not been mounted) is the weight. It is a bit on the heavy side, moreso than I expected. It seems to be quite a bit heavier than the light version (I hadn't had an opportunity to see the heavy version prior to today). I think I may have been better served with the "light" version, as it was very similar and a bit lighter, but it is not a real big deal (I only paid about $10 more for the heavy). :)
July 14, 2009, 08:22 PM
I like harris for bench and prone shooting 9-13 inch
July 14, 2009, 08:27 PM
The GG&G bipod is a licensed copy of the Bobro model, and GG&G pays them a fee to sell the same thing. For any situation where a bipod needs to be mounted on a picatinny rail, it's the cat's ass in terms of cool. A Harris is my second choice for most other applications..
July 14, 2009, 08:36 PM
The GG&G bipod is a licensed copy of the Bobro model, and GG&G pays them a fee to sell the same thing.Didn't know that, the GG&G is not identical though...but very close. Unless the Bobro sells for less than the MSRP (which very well may be the case) I paid a little less...that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. :D
For any situation where a bipod needs to be mounted on a picatinny rail, it's the cat's ass in terms of cool. A Harris is my second choice for most other applications..Have to agree with you there, for most the Harris is great and the GG&G is overkill. I happened to be getting a rifle with P-rails on the forarm so it was a perfect fit (and was recommended by the manufacturer). :)