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handgunner308
December 30, 2010, 10:05 PM
for my TC encore pistol im looking for a small compact bipod. i want one that folds down and is not bulky or too big for its size. just looking for the bench rest size no kneeling and standing bipods just short ones...
dont be telling me a bipod is a stupid thing to have on a handgun... if you do you obviously dont understand the kind of handguns i handle and use, also a good scope for a handgun as well, im talking about 10-300 yards shooting so i will be needing a decent scope.

TC encore pistol 15 inch custom bull barrel .308 win... yea this isnt a 44mag and stuff this is a .308 so you can see why

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Skylerbone
December 30, 2010, 10:15 PM
Couldn't say personally but here's a link to the people to ask about anything T/C related.

http://www.eabco.com/index.html

Biggest problem might be mounting with some of the better bipods being set up for rails. Atlas (heard good things), Versa Pod and GG&G.

Z-Michigan
December 30, 2010, 11:14 PM
I would be inclined to get a Harris in the BR size (6-9") unless you have a compelling reason to get something else. They are the standard for a loooong time, they are quality made in the USA and under $100 (as low as $60 if you want the non-swivel model, which might make sense for your stated use).

The Atlas, GGG, Bobro are all intended for rifles and require a picatinny rail to mount to.

I would skip the various cheap chinese junk. It doesn't cost much less than the Harris and it's far inferior.

JDGray
December 30, 2010, 11:21 PM
dont be telling me a bipod is a stupid thing to have on a handgun

But it is!:D ^^^^^^^Sounds like a handfull!!^^^^^^^^^

I'll second the Harris BR series, I prefer the notched leg, swivel models myself.

handgunner308
December 31, 2010, 12:38 AM
my uncle carries his S&W 460XVR with i think his is a harris BR bipod and a sling slung like a rifle in the woods.....
man i can just picture myself next season with my TC encore bipod and everything! a 300 yard shot no problem!

OYE
December 31, 2010, 01:31 AM
I made some shooting sticks out of small dowel rods for a rifle that come apart. Small screw with a wingnut for a hinge as I didn't like the lengths of the commercially made ones. Might work for you as well. I also have a V adapter that screws on a tripod that
you might find of use as well.

handgunner308
December 31, 2010, 02:03 AM
i already have my own shooting sticks i made from fiberglass rods.... i have a really nice rope braid technique for joining the 2 rods it makes for a really nice clean and very stylish stand out look has a very custom look to it... id say by far the best way to join 2 sticks to make a porta bipod all the other ways just look too homemade or unclean unprofessional look to it
heres wat im talkin about
http://6mmbr.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=3195585

madcratebuilder
December 31, 2010, 07:36 AM
The Atlas, GGG, Bobro are all intended for rifles and require a picatinny rail to mount to.

Most bi-pods use a stud for mounting. The bi-pod stud is what attaches to the picitinny rail. You can get bi-pod studs that are made for attaching to a wood foreend.

I would get a 6-9" Harris bi-pod, check Gunbroker, tons to choose from. Some good prices on used ones.

flashhole
December 31, 2010, 09:12 AM
An older guy (I'm 57 and he had a good number of years on me) at the range I frequent had a similar rig but his was chambered in 7mm-08 with a muzzlebrake. He commented it had accounted for a considerable number of deer.

His had a Harris Benchrest Bipod on it and it was not overly obtrusive on the bench but he did say it was difficult to carry because it wouldn't fit in his holster with the bipod mounted. He rigged up a shoulder/neck strap and carried the gun across his chest.

He let me shoot it quite a few times and wanted me to check the rig w/scope for accuracy with a few differnt types of ammo he had bought. I was shooting at 75 yards. A pad under the shooter's grip hand was a must because at such a light weight it beat on the shooter pretty hard. Even with the brake it had a lot of muzzle jump. It would take a lot of practice to be confident of a 300 yard shot. The rig was accurate and quite a novelty (also very loud) but I would not choose it over a short barreled rifle.

Z-Michigan
December 31, 2010, 09:29 AM
Most bi-pods use a stud for mounting. The bi-pod stud is what attaches to the picitinny rail. You can get bi-pod studs that are made for attaching to a wood foreend.

Yes, most bipods mount to a swivel stud. The three I listed, which are high-end, new designs, do not mount to a swivel stud unless you buy an adapter. I assumed that the OP would either already have a stud or be happy to install one.

handgunner308
December 31, 2010, 01:59 PM
i shoot a DE 50ae enough times to kno it will have more kick than the tc i will be getting... the tc encore will have a scope and a bull barrel wich means it would have alot of forward weight to decrease muzzle jump... im not a flinchy shooter i do feel confident in myself for a 300 yard shot... i prefer shooting the DE over my smoothbore with 2"3/4 rifled slugs, to me the shotty hurts more to shoot than the DE
as for carry i think we are going to be slinging the thing, it be more accessable than a holster

OYE
December 31, 2010, 03:41 PM
" already have my own shooting sticks i made from fiberglass rods.... i have a really nice rope braid technique for joining the 2 rods it makes for a really nice clean and very stylish stand out look has a very custom look to it... id say by far the best way to join 2 sticks to make a porta bipod all the other ways just look too homemade or unclean unprofessional look to it
heres wat im talkin about
http://6mmbr.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=3195585"


Mine aren't for sale !!!!

usmarine0352_2005
December 31, 2010, 03:58 PM
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I really like Cabelas's Extreme Outfitter Shooting Pods (Bipod).


http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunting/Hunting-Accessories/Shooting-Sticks-Bipods|/pc/104791680/c/104734980/sc/104564880/Cabelas-Extreme-Outfitter-Shooting-Pods/708724.uts


They are expensive at $59, but they go on sale often for $29 and then they are a bargain. I like them for many reasons.

1.) Top Spins

2.) Latches for lowering legs instead of round nuts.

3.) Can go short enough for sitting and tall enough for standing.


I don't like attachable bipods for most hunting because they are too short and limit you. Plus they add weight to your rifle.


With a stand alone bipod you can choose to bring them with you, leave them or just put them on the ground when your hunting and shoot offhand.



"Mr. Whitetail" Larry Weishun uses bipods and he hunts mostly with a pistol but he uses "Bog Pods", and at like $120 a piece they are far too expensive when Cabelas makes the same thing for far cheaper.




http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f191/usmarine0352/Bipod2.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f191/usmarine0352/Bipod1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f191/usmarine0352/Bipod3.jpg

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LCPor9mm
December 31, 2010, 04:30 PM
I just picked up the small non-swiveling Harris from Midway for something like $60 for my Savage 25 and I love it. It works great from a bench.

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