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Posted: 4/15/2006 7:42:14 AM EST
What's the consensus on bipods? Just added weight or valuable to have even if you only use it 5% or less of the time?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:42:50 AM EST
for a precision rifle, I like it. for anything else, it's just compensating for crappy shooting skills
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:43:17 AM EST
i use it from time to time. not much added weight, and really improves my long shot
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:43:46 AM EST
Varmint hunting only.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:44:53 AM EST
Never, all position and sling.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:55:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By Lester_Burnham:
Never, all position and sling.


Same here.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:55:34 AM EST
Guilty.

.22-250 and .300 Winchester Magnum both carry bipods.


Going to get a lo model for my .300 and cycle the bipods around to put one on my 7mm Mag
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:57:50 AM EST
I would like a bipod but haven't decided which one.


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Link Posted: 4/15/2006 7:58:59 AM EST
I'm usually a "position and sling" guy too but I have one for an SPR-ish upper build I had done at Adco... My dad (high power shooter from back in the day) rolled his eyes at me when I showed it to him. I'll probably keep that one because it's a very nice bipod (the TangoDown model), but likely will sell the ChiCom M14 bipod knockoff I have.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 8:00:02 AM EST
I use them on my 22-250, 300 win mag, and my target 25-06 all the time. Other than that though, I never use them.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 8:09:07 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
for a precision rifle, I like it. for anything else, it's just compensating for crappy shooting skills

+1

I've got two uppers. One has a 16" Douglas premium bull-barrel and a 3-10X Leupold. It has a bipod, and I use it. The other is a Stag M4gery with an EOTech and flip-up co-witness irons. No bipod.

One is for punching small groups a long way off, the other is for blasting.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 9:04:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
for a precision rifle, I like it. for anything else, it's just compensating for crappy shooting skills



Same here.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 9:07:00 AM EST
I have Versapod spuds on every rifle i'm serious about, but as far as the bipod actually being installed, i'd say maybe one time out of ten. I also LOVE how the spuds are designed to act as a palm stop. Real handy.

Link Posted: 4/15/2006 9:15:41 AM EST
A buddy of mine put a Harris bi-pod on a DPMS kitty cat. And he actually used it at the range! Hey, whatever floats your boat.


For a precision rifle they are essential as far as I'm concerned. Proper position and sling will only get you so far. A good bi-pod only makes sense.



Most of my rifles have rails on them and I like to keep a bi-pod handy just to see how accurate the rifle can be. But I wouldn't keep a bi-pod on a rilfe that wans't designed for precision long range shooting. It's just a waste of space.



Link Posted: 4/15/2006 9:54:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By leatherpuke:
For a precision rifle they are essential as far as I'm concerned. Proper position and sling will only get you so far. A good bi-pod only makes sense.

I have to argue that, a bipod isn't the best thing for a precision rifle. Now if you were to say "For a precision rifle a rest is essential", then I would agree with you. But a bipod will never be as good as a rest, too much jumping and moving, no consistency.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 9:59:12 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:09:01 AM EST
I love them on bench rifles for shooting groups at long distances.

I use a bipod when I want to see what a rifle is capable of.
I take it off when I want to see what I am capable of
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:18:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
for a precision rifle, I like it. for anything else, it's just compensating for crappy shooting skills



Yup
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 11:19:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 11:20:14 AM EST by weptek911]
I have one on a tricked out 10/22, with Green Mountain Barrel and volquartsen trigger group.

It's so easy to smoke a tight group it get's boring. If my life depended on killing small black circles as precisely as possible , it's all I would use.

I prefer the sling as well when I want to enjoy a little shooting sport.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 11:34:18 AM EST
I put one on my Glock



The bi pod went KABOOM!!!!!!!


Link Posted: 4/15/2006 12:05:49 PM EST
My G1 FAL and STG58 FAL, have them because they come that way from the factory.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 4:54:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By macro:

I use a bipod when I want to see what a rifle is capable of.
I take it off when I want to see what I am capable of



Good points.

I should have been more specific, all my rifles have iron sights. I haven't owned a scope in years. If I had optics, I would be more willing to use a bipod, but I still would prefer a rest for better stability.

I just enjoy the challenge of position shooting/iron sights.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:03:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 5:05:50 PM EST by guns762]
One on my .22-250, and one on my hunting 10/22. I wasn't going to put one on my 10/22, but a friend had one on his, and I was pretty impressed. I used it last year shooting "chucks" on the mountain with good results. At the range, we compete shooting "army men" at different ranges from the prone position. A third guy, calls the shots, and the two of us try to shoot the guy down first. Great fun, and the bipod really makes a difference; so does a 25rd mag, so you don't have to reload so often.

On everything else, and that is considerable, I don't like the added weight. On my newest 10/22 build there will not be a bipod. None of my AR's wear them.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:10:58 PM EST
Not at all, I hate 'em.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:14:22 PM EST
I considered it, but, it's not somthing I really need.

On a precision rifle, it's a different story.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:15:52 PM EST
On what? An AR?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:26:22 PM EST
i have stocks from butler creek on my 270 and 10/22 that have folding bipod that go into the stock and harris bipods on my AR15 and savage 17. i really really like them and use them all the time.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:27:15 PM EST
Percision rifles there great, everything else=just an added weight.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:38:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 5:39:33 PM EST by warhound]

Originally Posted By BuckeyeRifleman:
Percision rifles there great, everything else=just an added weight.



No other way to shoot?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 5:40:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By warhound:

Originally Posted By BuckeyeRifleman:
Percision rifles there great, everything else=just an added weight.



No other way to shoot?
www.pix8.net/pro/pic.php?u=7453XXYi2&i=571163



LOL

Machine guns are ok too!
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:15:48 PM EST
Depends on what use you are looking at. I think for a hunting rifle used in open country, its not a bad idea. The last two deer I shot were off my bipod. I use them when I go varmint hunting as well. That said, I do practice positons and offhand shooting, both on targets and live game.

Hitting a running jackrabit, AKA "gray lazerbeam" offhand with my .223 boltgun is very satisfying...

Any wise man in need of making a single precise shot will use a rest if available, tree, bipod, ruck, truck hood, doorframe... whatever. Bipods as a "lack of shooting skill" is BS.

Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:19:32 PM EST
They don't seem to improve my shooting enough for the hassle.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:20:37 PM EST
never use it anymore--sold the harris

use only rucksaks now
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:23:12 PM EST
I think they are nice when needed for long range. Had borrowed one from Searcher to go out west and used it on my 7mm Mag. It worked great!!
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:14:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
for a precision rifle, I like it. for anything else, it's just compensating for crappy shooting skills



Yup
Uhuh..
Like that
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 10:07:34 PM EST
For trying to see what you and the rifle can do at further than blasting ranges, they're pretty nice. They are extreneous to the up close blastomaatic, and aren't the best for precision 800+ yards, but for that great wide in between they are a useful adjunct, for stationary or slowly moving targets.

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