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#4519161 - 10/21/10 What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position
RatherBHuntin Online   content
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What size bipod would you recommend if shooting from a sitting position rather than laying on your stomach? I'm thinking that shooting prone for me would have too much grass and stuff in the way. I just want a little higher rest. This would be for a hunting rifle.

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#4519470 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: RatherBHuntin]
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The Harris 12-25" or 13-27" is what you want.

I'm 6'3" and use a 12-25" for sitting, getting above the low veg. The 13-27" would have been a bit better for me.

12-25" fully extended:


12-25" fully retracted:


(no doggy ears were injured, I was dry firing.....grin)

12-25" stowed, under 22" bbl/brake.

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#4519493 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: MontanaMarine]
SamOlson Offline
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+1 to Shane's advice.


And as you can see the 12-25" works for prone, little high for certain angles though.
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#4519511 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: SamOlson]
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Yeah, I'd really need a bigger gut to get full use in prone.....grin

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#4519541 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: MontanaMarine]
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laughin'!


I went prone on an antelope a couple weeks ago using the 12-25". Didn't even have to kick the legs down, just rested it flat on part of an old barn. Felt kinda shady using the shed as part of the sneak but it worked great.
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#4519546 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: MontanaMarine]
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But I did not offer advice.

Joking.

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#4519562 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: SamOlson]
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Nothin wrong with taking advantage of opportunity.

If you're in a fair fight, your tactics suck....(old USMC wisdom)

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#4519941 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: RatherBHuntin]
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It all depends on your stature. Simply go to the store and try several out. I've had few instances where a prone system would not suffice at all. For everything from ground squirrels to caribou, I pack a telescoping Stony Point unit that will let me work anywhere between sitting and standing at full height.


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#4520281 - 10/21/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: MontanaMarine]
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Originally Posted By: MontanaMarine

12-25" fully retracted:


(no doggy ears were injured, I was dry firing.....grin)


Not sure what your going wrong, but the dogs looking very unimpressed! lol!


Edited by Pete E (10/21/10)
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#4523002 - 10/22/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: Pete E]
ChipM Offline
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I'm a visual type person so Shane not only gave good advice but backed up with instructions.. grin

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#4523581 - 10/22/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: ChipM]
GaryVA Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
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Loc: The Backcountry Mountains
Have you ever thought of using a walking staff that quickly converts to a bi-pod. This is my latest version of Varmint Al’s “Bi-Fur Pod”. I put a bit more thought into this one and it has turned out to be my best to date. I use it often for coyotes which requires a lot of moving and quick set-ups, as it is more like running and gunning, and it works well.


Deployed as a bi-pod


Folded hiking position


Threaded foot inerts


Open full length staff


Upper hand loop


Swivel mount studs for sling carry


Straps double to carry longer rod mounts for Foxpro and Mojo when shooting in tall grass

Bi-pods attached to the rifle forend on a dedicated mount has its place, but I for one feel they completely destroy the handling characteristics of a good hunting rifle. If I need to prone out to execute an accurate shot long range, I prefer to shoot over my pack.


Edited by GaryVA (10/22/10)
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#4524752 - 10/23/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: GaryVA]
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Montana Marine,

Could you describe your positioning in Picture #2? I've never seen anyone shoot with a sling and a bipod. What do you gain?

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#4524864 - 10/23/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: DakotaDeer]
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I was just fooling around with some different techniques where I could put some added downward and rearward pressure on the rifle.

Basically I just formed a loop to fit the crook of my arm, hooked my arm through it, then business as usual, using the non-shooting hand to manipulate a bean bag used for rear support.

I was thinking about how shooting with a sling from prone really prevents "hop", and seeing if there was a practical technique to reduce hop from a bipod, using the sling.

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#4526774 - 10/23/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: MontanaMarine]
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I use the Stoney Point detached bipod and carry it on my belt. If there is something far enough away that requires a rest then there is plenty of time to deploy the bipod, Keeps the rifle lighter and more balanced.

By the way, Shanes use of a sling with the attached bipod is a very effective aditional tool for stability.

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#4526787 - 10/23/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: RatherBHuntin]
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I hate tall bipods,like few other devices.

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#4526836 - 10/23/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: Big Stick]
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Not a big fan of tall bipods either (I have one of the big Harris', not sure which) mainly because I see too much heartbeat from sitting positions. Other's MMV, of course.

My buddy Jerry has a string of impressive game shots using one of the long Harris units, several from sitting with the 'pod fully extended; he swears by it.

Von Gruff- plus one on the SP detachable bipod; very light and handy. I have seen some serious durability issues with them though. Have you? I've seen them develope splits or pre-splits in the rubber "head" where the legs come together.
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#4527650 - 10/24/10 Re: What size Bipod for shooting from sitting position [Re: Jeff_O]
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The Harris Model 25 (Non Swiveling) works for me prone and extended for sitting. I am 6'6" so YMMV
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