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#3024138 - 12/27/16 10:19 PM Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech???
losthelegend Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 174
Loc: Big Wonderful Western Wyoming
Anyone utilizing the Pig Saddle or Hog Saddle by Shadow Tech? I came across them on another forum and curious if anyone has a field reviews on them. They come with a hefty price tag and would like some feedback before I decide to purchase. Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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#3024219 - 12/28/16 01:41 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
tugboater Offline
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Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 1184
Loc: out in the brush washington
I've used both in shooting competitions. They are very nice, but so is the price. If your planing on throwing that on a nice tripod for coyote hunting it's going to be heavy and expensive.

They are a very sturdy platform to shoot from. I bought a manfrotto tripod ,and mounted the camera adapter to my game scout stock. It clips right in, works great. It's extra weight to carry around but I don't mind too much.

I guess it all depends what you want to use it for. I personally like the rifle connected to the tripod, it takes out a little of the slop.

Here is my setup with out the Hog saddle.
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#3024241 - 12/28/16 05:25 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
Smokin250 Offline
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Registered: 06/18/08
Posts: 2660
Loc: South West, OH
The Frottos are the ticket, just got a nice price tag on them. I run a pig saddle on a bog pod. It works well enough for me, and far more stable then my alternate until I can afford manfrotto.




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#3024293 - 12/28/16 09:02 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
DAA Offline
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Registered: 04/23/01
Posts: 5318
Loc: Salt Lake City
I've got a less expensive Triclawps. Have tried it on coyote stand, kinda hated it for that - the whole tripod deal, not so much the rifle attachment.

Dig it for walk and pop 'chuck shooting though!



But... I think I'm going to go with the direct attach method like tugboat is using. Just too much simpler and more clean to eliminate the middle man.

I really could not stand using that setup on coyote stand though. Tried it for half a day, did kill a few, but just way too much fuss, too much to carry, way too awkward to make big moves etc. I know it works great for some, but I didn't like it at all.

Still might try it again, to hold a rifle while I sit with a shotgun in my lap, maybe. I keep saying that, but when I start to look at how much crap I'd have to carry, plus dead coyotes on the way back, I keep saying "maybe some other time...".

- DAA

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#3024306 - 12/28/16 09:45 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
Brad Phillips Offline
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 1221
Loc: Gilbertville, IA
I took a 4" piece of PVC pipe, cut it in half and glued in some foam. Epoxy a 1/4 x 20 nut in the bottom and you have a cheap alternative. Non-clamping, of course...

I have used it for woodchucks, in combo with a turkey chair. works real well for watching fence lines for an hour or two.
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#3024316 - 12/28/16 10:16 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: DAA]
tugboater Offline
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Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 1184
Loc: out in the brush washington
Originally Posted By: DAA
I've got a less expensive Triclawps. Have tried it on coyote stand, kinda hated it for that - the whole tripod deal, not so much the rifle attachment.

Dig it for walk and pop 'chuck shooting though!



But... I think I'm going to go with the direct attach method like tugboat is using. Just too much simpler and more clean to eliminate the middle man.

I really could not stand using that setup on coyote stand though. Tried it for half a day, did kill a few, but just way too much fuss, too much to carry, way too awkward to make big moves etc. I know it works great for some, but I didn't like it at all.

Still might try it again, to hold a rifle while I sit with a shotgun in my lap, maybe. I keep saying that, but when I start to look at how much crap I'd have to carry, plus dead coyotes on the way back, I keep saying "maybe some other time...".

- DAA






I like your style DAA!

Your right, it's a lot of junk to carry! It's hard try to figure out how to carry all this gear on long walks. But... it seems I carry the tripod set up more often than not. I attach it to a back pack and deploy the hole stup as one.

I keep all the adjustments of the ball head on my left side on the count of being right handed. It's very quick to adjust and pan. I also keep the mount lever on my left, in case I need to pop the rifle out real quick.

There is very little slop in the setup, especially if you grab the sling and a leg of the tripod.
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#3024348 - 12/28/16 11:23 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: tugboater]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 16398
Loc: S. Texas
To each his own. I'm sure the tripods add stability for the long shots....no doubt. A lot depends on one's shooting style, terrain, etc.

For the brush country, I don't want anything attached to the rifle. I tried bipods years ago (when I was still able to get up and down from sitting or prone within the same 24 hour period cry ) I can no longer shoot from the prone position, even in the rare instances where grass, weeds and bushes would not block the view, and thick brush limits range on most shots. The brush also dictates quick target acquisition and shots since most of the time the coyote pops out of the brush into a narrow two track or sendero and doesn't spend much time admiring the scenery. Bipods hang up on grass, bushes, etc. and slow target acquisition due to weight and bulk on the rifle for my use.

Sticks seem to fit my style much better as they restrict movement of the rifle less and fall away quickly when necessary. Have taken a few coyotes out to 300 or so off of sticks, but most are much closer so the sticks, especially with a low chair to hasten entry and egress, are a good fit.



I would, however consider one change in my chair, at this stage of my life, does anyone know of a source for a lightweight, folding chair with rockers on it? lol

Regards,
hm
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#3024377 - 12/28/16 12:10 PM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
Coyotehunter_ Offline
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Registered: 06/04/08
Posts: 707
Loc: Southern IN
You want to talk about something that's heavy and hard to carry. The Caldwell Magnum Deadshot FieldPod weights 13 lbs. and is bulky to carry around. Try carrying that with all your other hunting supplies. IE Gun, Ammo, Binoculars, Caller, etc.

I personally like the Primos bipod that can be adjusted for height quickly.
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#3024497 - 12/28/16 03:28 PM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
Smokin250 Offline
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Registered: 06/18/08
Posts: 2660
Loc: South West, OH
If I am day hunting I prefer my shooting sticks like HM, as I am sitting typically. If a stand calls for standing, or I am night hunting its tripod all the way. Way to much going at night for me to worry about fumbling around with my rifle. Its always where I want it....now if I could just get it to shoot for me id be set.

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#3024596 - 12/28/16 07:33 PM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: Smokin250]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 16398
Loc: S. Texas
My son swears by a tripod, but I find it difficult to maneuver the rifle from one. Guess I'm just clumsy, but that third leg on a tripod is always in the way standing and sitting the rifle always pointed the wrong way. lol

Regards,
hm
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#3024603 - 12/28/16 07:53 PM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: Smokin250]
ncyotecaller Offline
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Registered: 11/22/06
Posts: 2189
Loc: Reidsville, NC
Originally Posted By: Smokin250
The Frottos are the ticket, just got a nice price tag on them. I run a pig saddle on a bog pod. It works well enough for me, and far more stable then my alternate until I can afford manfrotto.





How did you attach the Pig Saddle to the Bog Pod? I just bought the Bog Pod tripod kit with the XSR rest and it works pretty good just like the idea of "less going on" with the pig saddle mounted to the Bog-Pod
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#3024605 - 12/28/16 07:55 PM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
tugboater Offline
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Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 1184
Loc: out in the brush washington
My tripod set up is fairly easy to pick up and change positions when they come in the opposite direction the rifle is pointed. I try and move when there moving when possible. I plop it down with a bit of a lead so I can bark and they are were they need to be. Doesn't always work out that way smile

I've definitely botched a few that came in to fast or came in under my nose that I didn't see till it was to late! But...! I'm getting better smile
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#3024730 - 12/28/16 11:43 PM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: tugboater]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 16398
Loc: S. Texas
My problem is old and fast don't go together. lol

Regards,
hm
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#3024751 - 12/29/16 12:39 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: hm1996]
pyscodog Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 14483
Loc: okla
Originally Posted By: hm1996
My problem is old and fast don't go together. lol

Regards,
hm


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#3024779 - 12/29/16 07:12 AM Re: Pig Saddle by Shadow Tech??? [Re: losthelegend]
Smokin250 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 06/18/08
Posts: 2660
Loc: South West, OH
Grant,

If you pull the "Y" Shaped piece off the head of bog pod, it should have a stude threaded into it that slides into the bog pod head. It will unscrew, with some force, and screws into the back of the hog saddle.

Ill be honest, I do feel like I carry a lot into the field when I night hunt. Nothing quick about it, nor do I want it to be. Between a gun that weighs close to 18-20lbs, bog pod, FoxPro, and PVS on head, I have some gear im packing in. But really it doesn't bother me. I have system of how I carry everything and it works out just fine for how I hunt. Once im in and set up, im comfortable.

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