Shooting Instructors Favorite Bipods
The best blog on long range rifle shooting equipment is Cal’s and this is his article about bipods used in PRS style and Steel Hunter style matches. In the below blog post about long range precision rifle bipod options, we are discussing the best money can buy whereas many PRS shooters get the best value they can on a limited budget. This article is aimed at our typical client, the person that doesn’t really care what their bipod costs so long as it is excellent for long range and extreme long range shooting.
We spend most of our time teaching and working on our business and shoot much less than we watch others shoot. Shepard Humphries often uses a Harris bipod just like the one he used on his sniper rifle when he was a SWAT cop. He says that it isn’t the best, but because he shoot less than 1,000 long range shots a year, which is not much, it is fine for his needs. “I have very little natural ability, so my lower-mid-grade setup shoots as well as I do. If I was going to shoot more, compete beyond my neighboring states more frequently or buy myself nice stuff rather than reinvesting in my business, I would have a different rifle, scope and bipod.”
By Scott Austin
I recently purchased a Long Range Accuracy Light Tactical Bipod (long version) for my 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Precision Rifle, 6.5 Grendel Alexander Arms Overwatch and .300 Win. Mag. Remington 700 5R Milspec.
As a firearms instructor, I have had numerous opportunities to use many makes, models and styles of bipods, bags and supports which span the budget and quality spectrum from A-Z. Without question this is the most solid, versatile and comfortable bipod I have ever used. Did I say solid? If my truck ever needs an axle support while in the back-country I now have a dual-purpose tool.
One extremely useful design feature is how the bore axis sits so low in the bipod itself (think F-Class bipod designed by Porsche). This design allows for a much more inline recoil path that has to be experienced to be believed. Watching my own vapor trails is much more common with this setup.
I would never have guessed I would invest this much in a bipod, however after using it, I will never go back. Having a solid (repeatable) foundation for your shooting platform can’t be overstated enough.
By Shepard Humphries
I have had an F class bipod for a few years that offers great stability. It has sled style feet that are meant to slide when using a free recoil hold. I use it for long range shooting when I need more stability than my good old Harris provides. My wife and I used it on our 7mm Rem Mag when we shot 2,040 yards on our anniversary. 🙂
The Harris bipod is what I used when I was a SWAT sniper team leader back in the early 2000’s. It was all I knew and I liked it at the time. After using some much better bipods, I am no longer such a huge fan. I still use them on my rifles, however I think that my next one will be either an Atlas 5H or the Long Range Accuracy that Scott mentions above.
Having said this, I set my new personal best a couple years ago at 2,157 yards using a Harris balanced on the back of an ATV in a weird squatting position, what do they say about blind squirrels finding nuts? lol
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