How many of you keep bipods on your rifle?

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  1. Varminterror

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    Some I keep installed, some not. I keep converting more and more rifles to accept my Harris bipods with Area419 Arcalock hangers.
     
  2. taliv

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    Lol in that photo YOU are the game.
     
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  3. theotherwaldo

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    I've picked up a couple of Harris bipods that were attached to guns that really didn't need them.
    I may use them - some day.
     
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    I tried and tried and tried some more but just could not find the utility in them. Not for a field rifle. When you're able to utilize one, they're awesome but I found those situations so few and far between, it just wasn't worth the hassle.
     
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    Cool photo. Where was it taken? Curious minds wanna know!;)



     
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  6. Steel Horse Rider

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    I have a Harris bipod that I use on my Savage Model 12 for shooting prairie dogs. Pretty handy in flat land and it is also pretty quickly removed or attached.
     
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  7. Jack63

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    I have a bipod on my 243 and it's a tack driver.
     
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  8. wiscoaster

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    I don't keep a bipod on a rifle because I swap out my several bipods among multiple rifles depending on what kind of a mount is used: rail or stud. And what sort of support arrangement I want to use for the shooting I'm going to do. Also, it just plain takes up more space storing and transporting if kept on the rifle.
     
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  9. Garandimal

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  10. Dave DeLaurant

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    Just one rifle for me, also a CZ 527 but in .300 Blackout.

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    One reason it lives attached to this rifle is that the Magpul 1911 rail attachment method is the opposite of quick change. I can switch barrels on a TC Encore in less time than it takes to mount this bipod onto anther rifle, so I just leave it there. The good news is that it's not very heavy and works well enough for my purposes.
     
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  11. Hookeye

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    Been running Harris leg notch 9-13 in some form since '76.
    Varmint hunting they are dang near worth their weight in gold.
     
  12. 7mmsavage

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    I have a bipod on only one rifle, a Marlin 882, .22 magnum. It also wears a scope that’s more than it needs, a Simmons 4-12x44 that even has a 3” sun shade attached. I’ll go on and fess up that both were just added for fun. Everyone loves to shoot that easy shooting, but very accurate bolt rifle. My son thinks he’s behind a real sniper rifle when he shoots it.

    Other than that one I’m pretty practical with my guns. The only other rifle I own that even has a scope is my Savage 7 mag. Anything else that I hunt with or use around the house for pest control (336 Marlin and a 10/22) still have iron sights. Most of my other stuff is also open sighted milsurp that also just gets shot for fun.
     
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  13. Bacon buster

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    I sucked it up and bought an atlas bipod. Don’t care much for the other ones now. Gives a lot of adjustability as well as easy on and off. Seldom do I get in a situation where it’s in my way. When your hunting and there’s nothing around to rest your rifle on and a critter pops up it can make the difference in having a shot or having to pass. I suggest you look into improvised shooting positions to learn how to steady your rifle when there’s no rest available and the grass is too tall to use a bipod. There are several techniques that can help you put shots on target
     
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  14. BreechFace

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    Coyote hunting, back just below and against an angled ridge line, desert shrub. A tall bipod is indespensible.
     
  15. horsey300

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    The only rifle that doesn't keep a bipod on it wasn't made for 1, that's my Benelli r1, it uses a bog deathgrip. Look at swagger bipods, they'll handle most hunting situations well. We like our swagger, the other rifles just have little prone pods on them, realistically where we hunt, prone over a hay bale, prone on the ground, standing leaning on a hay bale, or against an irrigation pivot are all likely positions, I don't think I've ever even had a tree in the scope when pulling the trigger...... D'oh forgot the leaning on a fence post!
     
  16. jmr40

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    Never invested in a good bipod. I have a couple of cheap ones that I sometimes use at the range. Too much weight and bulk to carry around on a hunting rifle where and how I hunt. I do keep a set of shooting sticks that will break down and fit in a pack. With practice they can be very effective.

    It takes a few seconds longer to set up, but are only needed on longer shots anyway. IME you generally have and need more time to get everything right before taking a longish shot anyway. And if the shot needs to be made quick I don't want or need the extra weight hanging off the end of the rifle.
     
  17. Hookeye

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    Chuck and yote hunting they are an accessory for those more serious in pursuit.

    Yes a bag or rucksack works. Bipod on the gun is handy and allows for mobility. Used to hunt a whole stretch of RR track. A mile long. Had permission for every farmer on both sides. Hopping field to field or peeking down the tracks....bipod for the win

    Killed 70 one summer, pops and I. That stretch ( sometimes corn planted so maybe 50% of the fields beans or alfalfa).

    W the Harris set at short ( not bench model ) a front suede bag works as a rear. Handy on bench ( could shoot sub half inch at 100 repeatedly w some rifles Ive had ).

    Mine have all been non swivel. There are some quirks to using those. Uneven legs can cause horizontal impacts. So watch drag effect on whatever surface you have. Dirt/ grass you can load em a bit. Truck hood.....too slick. My jeep has too much slope. If i gotta shoot off my hood i use a bag.
     
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  18. 3Crows

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    I have bipod on my Savage Axis II heavy barrel in .223 and one on my Savage Mark II Target. Other than those, no. Also coming from Louisiana, the ground is wet, there are pit vipers about, fire ants and a .30-30 Marlin just does not look right with a bipod. But here in Kansas lying on the ground is a bit more attractive and a bolt gun more routine, but getting older, that getting back up part is hard ;) .
     
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  19. Bfh_auto

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    Only one range rifle keeps a bipod on it.
    A trigger stick or bogpod bipod that can double as a walking stick is much better for my usage.
    If you target shoot. Use a bag.
    Try a trigger stick. With a little practice. You have an improvised tree wherever you go.
    I tried attached bipods and hated them. Tripods are heavy and have a limited field of shooting.
     
  20. High Plains

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    I regularly hunt deer with a long legged bipod on my rifle. This allows me to sit for long periods of time and scan with binoculars then easily transition to a shooting position. Shorter bipods are fine IF the native grass isn’t t in the way.
     
  21. DMW1116

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    Can someone explain the utility of a bipod on a rifle with a red dot sight? Is it just for sighting in purposes? Does one take them off after they leave the range?
     
  22. loose noose

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    I've got several that I use for range use only, however for hunting I generally prefer the sling, or like someone else mentioned I'll use my pack pack.
     
  23. Steel Horse Rider

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    A bipod act as a steady rest. If a person cannot hold the sights steady on target then an aid, such as a bipod if one is shooting from a table or in the prone position, can hep get it zeroed in an eliminate shooter error which in turn should help the shooter hold the target better knowing that it is accurately positioned.
     
  24. Captcurt

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    I have two Caldwells. One for prone and one for sitting. Don't use either except when I varmint hunt. Any other time I use whatever is available or shoot offhand. I practice offhand with my CZ 455 at every range session and use it offhand on squirrels. Practice is the key to offhand shooting.
     
  25. benEzra

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    I like the idea of a bipod, but in my limited experience they only work well on target/varmint rifles that are heavy enough or light-recoiling enough to not recoil inconsistently.

    I tried a bipod on my deer rifle for longer-range paper plinking, and it seems to me that it is too light to group well from a bipod; it shoots much more consistent groups from a bag.
     
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