Correct Bipod Use

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  1. wunhunglo

    wunhunglo G&G Newbie

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    HI Folks,
    Most of my Rifle shooting is done Prone, Target rifle style with no support (other than Sling) & no scopes.



    Last week I was using a rifle fitted with a bipod and my best shooting buddy has a different opinion of the correct way to use it. (My opinion is always correct!)

    So, in y'all-y'all's humble opinions, what is the correct way to shoot using a bipod?

    a) With forward pressure on the Bipod?
    b) With rearward pressure on the Bipod?
    c) Neither, with the stock just lightly supported on the Bipod?
     
  2. AstroVic

    AstroVic G&G Newbie

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    I'm thinking whichever way works best for you to hit your target is the correct way to use it.

    Does it really matter? So long as your putting the bullet where you want it to go, who cares?
     
  3. rwt101

    rwt101 G&G Newbie

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    C
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  4. Whootsinator

    Whootsinator G&G Newbie

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    I shoot with option C.
     
  5. Johnnycat

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    A - this is called "loading the bipod". It helps you line-up in correct position and leads to consistent shooting. It also allows you to stay on target after your shot for follow-up. It can also help reduce felt recoil.

    Phoenix Tactical Pod Claws really help in this regard - they dig into the ground and really allow you to put some pressure on those bipod legs.
     
  6. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    I think of my bipod as a portable front fore arm rest. I use it just like I do the front "bag" of my bench rest set up. So, I let the bipod support the front of the rifle but I do not consciously put pressure one way or the other on the bipod.
     
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  8. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

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    If you hold pressure either way when using a bypod or rest,(such as holding down on barrel when using a rest),it will make the rifle have a different poi when firing freehand. ,,,sam.
     
  9. toolman

    toolman Resident Sasquatch Forum Contributor

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    IMO, it makes no difference as long as it works and you are consistant in it's usage.
     
  10. Mooseman684

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    Right or Not I shoot mine using "C" and get the best results...No pressure on the bipod except for vertical weight...SOme Bipods will fold up the legs otherwise..I had to turn My Harris Bipod so the legs wouldnt fold up under recoil.
     
  11. wunhunglo

    wunhunglo G&G Newbie

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    Now I've got a few opinions, I'll let you know how I use it.
    I tend to use option (a) which I've found works for me.
     
  12. Mooseman684

    Mooseman684 G&G Newbie

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    I can't put forward pressure on mine or the legs fold up...
     
  13. Ninja Piper

    Ninja Piper G&G Enthusiast

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    I have mine so the legs fold forward. I haven't had any issues with them folding up under recoil. I have tried option a and c, and found that c works best for me. If having one bipod leg fold forward, the other backward and 6 inches shorter works for you, then by all means do it that way!
     
  14. samuel

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    Don't take my word for it,try firing un-restricted and restricted and see the difference.If you sight in while restricting the motion of the firearm by holding the bipod and then fire with no restriction the shot will be way high.It makes a big difference if you might use both styles of shooting. ,,,sam.
     
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    I use C, but use what works for you.
     
  16. Johnnycat

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    I'm not sure sure how the backward pressure would work since I've never tried it.

    Using C and not putting any pressure on it at all turns the bipod into a front rest, like a bench rest. There's nothing wrong with that for general shooting and sighting-in, etc, but the recoil takes you and your sight picture off the target for several seconds until you get back on.

    Using forward pressure (A) you minimize this effect of recoil on your sight picture. Using this method you can watch your bullet impact at longer distances and you're also on-target for follow-up shots. It does take a lot of practice so that you're consistent - otherwise you'll possibly have a different cheek weld, etc. The best practice is dry-firing to get comfortable getting used to the mechanics. After a lot of practice it will improve your shooting. Those Pod Claws do help a good bit with this method.

    Phoenix Tactical - Pod Claws
     
  17. BloodRedStratus

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    C for me.
     
  18. chesterwin

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    I use method "c". My Harris bipod is setup so the legs fold forward under the barrel when not in use.
     
  19. jrswanson1

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    I used "b" to good effect. Pull the stock into your shoulder after the bipod is down. But I have a "tactical" bipod that has legs that fold forward or back but the legs have to be squeezed together to make that happen. While doing it this way, I was able to get very good groups at 200 yards.

    Jim
     
  20. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

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    Depends if your shooting full auto or not !! If you are, then B. If'n you ain't, then C.
     
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