Won’t spend $300 on a Precision Bipod!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by David Hoback, Jul 18, 2022.

  1. David Hoback

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    So I’m making my own. I started this in the other Bipod thread, but decided to make a new thread & not continue hijacking, LOL.

    I had a large Billet of 2024-T3 Aluminum. Ordered som 3.5mm Carbon Fiber plate & 16mm OD, Carbon Fiber Tubing. Also got some 12mm 6AL4V Titanium Rod, & all Ti hardware, a QD lever fitting & Rubber feet,
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    Cut the CF plate, tubing & Ti rod in half. Also machined the 2024 Al into the blocks I needed.
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    One of the legs completed.
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    I like Bipods using a forward set Spigot. So, no different here. Machined a 6” section of the 12mm rod for the QD fitting and fixed with m5 Ti flathead screws.
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    Can anyone see it taking form yet?
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    I’m very thankful to be able to do this. To look at a precision part and say… “Hey! I can make a better one of those with better materials. And I can do it for a FRACTION of the price!”
     
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  2. Walkalong

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    Outstanding!
     
  3. David Hoback

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    Appreciate it. Ya know, I’ve been doing this stuff for quite a few years now. It’s never been my profession, I’m just a hobbyist. But I’ve turned out out some next level machining in the last years. Any machinist knows Titanium is a a ROYAL pain in the Taint! BLAH! It’s super tough, gummy, eats up your tools… (and I swear I heard it LAUGHING at me one time as I tried to cut it!) But once you have its number, it truly increases the machinists prowess. Everything else just seems easy to machine. Example: the Aluminum. 2024-T3 Billet is no joke! It’s some insanely tough stuff. Much more so than 6061, actually very close to 7075. And machining it was a pleasure. This will be finished this week. The rifle is finished, save for Cerakoting the Chassis. I’m waiting or humidity to break first.
     
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  4. Bcwitt

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    Im curious how many hours you will spent on it.
     
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  5. David Hoback

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    Hard to say. I’m disabled and only have one arm/hand to use. I’m in debilitating pain 24/7; So I make my way downstairs to my little shop room to work on my machining, building, Custom Knifemaking whenever pain allows me. I might get an hour or two a couple days in a row, or I may not be able to do anything for a week at a time, as was the case week before last. I can say however, if I was my old self with no pain or incapacities, it would be finished in likely one day, two if I was feeling lazy. But as it stands now, I have many hours into it. Although, I’m glad of this. Mostly sitting in a chair doing these things are about all I can do anymore. And I do sincerely enjoy when I’m
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  6. taliv

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    Very cool!
     
  7. doubleh

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    Excellent work. I wouldn't spend $300 dollars on a bipod either. In fact I wouldn't spend a dollar on any of them. They are just an item I have no interest in using. The only use I would have for one is prone shooting and I can't do that anymore.
     
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  8. BigBlue 94

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    My first experience was on a super cheap chinese benchtop lathe. With not so sharp HSS bits. The chips started to catch on fire in between the ways :what:

    Stuff is nasty!
     
  9. The Glockodile

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    Makes your work all the more exemplary!

    Nothing beats a labor of love...
     
  10. jmorris

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    Keep it going, looking good so far. (Thumbs up)
     
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  11. David Hoback

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    Little closer. Finished the spigot & attachment. The Al block is drilled/tapped for a clamp screw that captures the groove in the spigot..
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    And the attachment points for the center block & Carbon Fiber plates.
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  12. Remington1911

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    I think that is fantastic. I have been eyeballing some of the small lathes, everything from horrid freight to Matthews and about everything between. This field really interests me. I know a mill would be close to follow.

    I am still in the research stage, and learning how that extra money comes into play between machines that LOOK very much like each other.

    At this second I am thinking going to the more inexpensive end as I wonder how much I will really use it.....I can think of a few things I would make off the bat but nothing really after that.....with so many other "hobbies" I am not sure I can justify something like a JET for getting my toes wet, but I don't want to fight the machine. Still very early in my research.
     
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  13. 792mauser

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    Looking good dude!
     
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  14. David Hoback

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    A bunch of drilling & tapping today!

    Heres the body section. And, of course, Titanium screws!
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  15. David Hoback

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    That’s good stuff! I encourage anyone to who is a tinkerer to get into machining. I just have a bench mill. It started as a Mini Mill, but doing what I do it’s been modified like everything else… bigger motor, heavy duty bearings, filled the upright & bottom with Granite-Epoxy…and a bunch of other doo-dads. So it performs like a much larger unit. I only have a very small Shop room, so I’m limited in space. I can’t even fit a proper sized lathe, but oh how I want one.. All the turning I do is with the mill, and I’m limited to small pieces.

    Everything is finished with the Bipod. All the parts machined. Just need to clean them all up, deburr, etc., & assemble everything. It came out FANTASTIC!
     
  16. Remington1911

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    Well lets see the pics, to coin a phrase......come on man.
     
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    Yep, wanna see!
     
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  18. David Hoback

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    Just finished today. I have to say, sometimes plan just blows away ALL your expectations. I knew it would nice when I designed it. But the finished product really has blown me away!

    Front view.
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    From the back.
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    Spigot attached to Picatinny rail.
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    With rifle. Now, I’m not actually using it with my AR. This was just for a pictures sake, because my bench rifle isn’t in the Chassis currently.
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  19. David Hoback

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    I think next I’m gonna a folding bipod for the AR. Maybe an Atlas hybrid style.
     
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    Thats a sexy beast!
     
  21. Mk-211

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    I would think that you could easily modify your bipod to copy the articulation of an Atlas bipod.
     
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  22. Space Ghost

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    Nicely done.
    That said, if anyone were to pay somebody to replicate yours... it would cost the $300 (or more) like you were trying to avoid.
    Not just because of the materials cost, but the skilled labor that went into it.
     
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  23. David Hoback

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    Thanks guys. Appreciate the feedback.

    I purposefully made this one the way it is. No folding joints. Just fixed legs that adjust for length & LOCK when set. The attachment to the spigot rod can index, but it to LOCKS in place. It wasn’t made to move around. I made it for my bench rifle for shooting long distance.

    I want to do a smaller, lighter bipod like the Atlas for my AR.
     
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