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wondering oppions on bipods

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by varmiter, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. varmiter

    varmiter orchards wa. Member

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    I was wondering about opions on brands of mounted bipods.I just picked up a Howa/axiom and am looking for a good bipod the gun.I have always used sticks before on my AR but it just did not feel right with this rifle as far as height and mobility.
     
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    chiefchip Rainier, Oregon Member

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    I have used Harris and Shooters Ridge and I feel that the Shooters Ridge bipod is just as good as the Harris and it's about half the price and it works very well when you are coyote hunting
     
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    I have both too. There is a difference in quality. The shooters ridge works fine but the harris is a nicer unit.
     
  4. itgoesboom

    itgoesboom Hillsboro Member

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    I have 2 Harris bipods, and one shooters ridge, and have had one previous. The shooter's ridge is a decent clone, but doesn't feel quite as solid as the harris bipods. That said, I use the Shooters ridge on my rimfire trainer, and the harris 6-9 on my precision rig.

    I think it was a decent deal when it cost $29.99, but for what they are going for now, just get the harris.
     
  5. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    If you are hunting with them I would not use them as they are cumbersome to use on different terrain. They are great for the bench and I would get Harris for that reason. Look at BogPog's and that is what I use for predator hunting. Here's the reason it is adjustable for seating kneeling and standing and the pivot head rotates 360 degrees. You can't do that with bipods. These are great for uneven terrain and slopes where bipods are difficult to use. Just my opinion though.
     
  6. 7.62 maniac

    7.62 maniac Portland Member

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    I have a Harris 13-23" on my gun right now, and I am not impressed. It is a decent bi-pod for the money, but still seems a little cheap, and flimsy. I have to agree with Scott that they are not for hunting. They do work okay for target shooting. Overall I would save the money for something better.
     
  7. Greenbaum

    Greenbaum Vancouver, WA Member

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    I'm not sure on the brand, but I personally would NOT buy a Harris. To many moving parts and exposed springs and I have owned two. One bipod fell apart on a rugged hunt. The brush will eat the springs, branches tend to get entangled around the release mechanisms. Maybe, I'm to hard on my equipment?

    My advice; look for bipods that don't have exposed springs; it should also have a swivel that allows 360-degree horizontal movement. Think about it, most Harris's are designed for line-of-sight shooting, the more you tweek the gun in a direction that it wasn't intended the mount and mechanisms will start to loosen. Warranty's are BS when the springs or parts are MIA.

    I do apologize for not having the brand names. You can expect to spend over $150 for a quality bipod.

    Good luck
    Mike
     
  8. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I have a Shooters Ridge I bought when they were under $30, it works fine. The nuts securing the legs to the baseplate loosened up, but I tightened them and added loc-tite, and haven't had any problems since.
    I prefer to shoot across my backpack or my sweatshirt as padding on a log or rock, but, sometimes the bipod is a real fast, nice rest in the field.
     
  10. lcb97269

    lcb97269 Milwaukie, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have used many bipods including those mentioned above. from my experience they all work. The shooter needs to have practice with each and good shooting practices. A couple of peices of random sticks found in the wood will do, if u do your part. If you can't do your part forget it.
     
  11. varmiter

    varmiter orchards wa. Member

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    I ended up picking up a harris versa pod but wish the extened legs were longer.Can you get the base to work with 27" legs?