bipods decrease accuracy?
i bought an $800 scope, but am making pathetic 6 inch patterns at 100 yards with medium grade ammo.
how much of this innacuracy might be due to the stiffness of the harris bipod on a wood bench?
(i need to test it without the bipod, obviously, but what are yourthoughts on this?)
depends if the bipod is putting pressure on the barrel.
I have guns that the bipod is on the free floating part of the stock. So the bipod has no effect.
What kind of gun is it.
bushmaster .308 with springfield 4-14 x 56 scope.
I know that bipods are known to hurt accuracy when used on hard surfaces. Don't know why.
What kind of groups are you shooting without the bipod? What about iwth straight iron sights?
Bipods only hurt accurcy if they come in contact with the barrel. When a gun is fired and the bullet travels down the barrel it vibrates ALOT. By free floating the barrel the vibratins can be consistent. Things don't change between shots. A bipod between a hard barrel and a hard surface Changes the vibrations significantly. It also induces inconsistency into the accuracy formula. There is a reason ALL good precision rifles are freefloated.
Look at guns like the mini-14 and druganov(sp?) they suffer from barrel whip. Where the barrel vibrates too much. Basically a barrel that is too long for it's diameter. Barrel vibration is extremely important in accuracy.
My barrel mounted bipod on my AR screws up the accuracy.
If your barrel is free-floated, you should not have any accuracy degredation. I would suggest using Premium Federal Match 168 gr ammo. That is the agreed upon most consistantly accurate factory ammo available. Springfield optics are also known to take a dump so ck that as well.
Try it prone on the ground, you might see better results.
Yes bipods can hurt accuracy. You should never rest the rifle directly on a hard surface because it will bounce during recoil and throw the shots off. Resting a bipod on a hard sruface does the same thing. If you're on a hard surface you need to use a softer rest such as a sandbag or a backpack.
ETA that you can try putting a piece of foam rubber such as a square cut from a sleeping pad under the bipod to absorb the bounce.
Try resting the rifle on a sandbag in the prone position.
I get my best results that way. Your rifle should be shooting 1 MOA or less with good ammo.