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#3184133 - 01/09/19 05:02 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: Heymartay]
jmeddy Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 195
Loc: SW PA
Another "swagger" fan. My tall ones work from sitting on the ground in a Les Johnson seat to sitting in a 3 legged chair. Also adapts VERY WELL to my hilly topography in the above mentioned seats. I tried sticks,bipods, & trigger sticks but find these the best.


Edited by jmeddy (01/09/19 05:03 PM)

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#3184140 - 01/09/19 05:35 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: jmeddy]
cmatera Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 2236
Loc: CO
Good to hear. I have a tall Swagger, but have not taken it out of the box yet. I know other guys who talked them up, but later sold them, so I was wondering if they were any good.

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#3184970 - 01/12/19 11:59 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
Californiadoggers Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/07/19
Posts: 58
Loc: California
Swagger got me a pair on my 243

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#3188180 - 01/24/19 11:51 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
DesertRam Offline
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Registered: 04/26/01
Posts: 8772
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Well, I managed to destroy my two-legged Primos Trigger Sticks using them to prop up my son's oryx for pictures. Bummer. frown But, with that loss came opportunity. smile I recently acquired the new Gen III tripod and must say I'm pretty pleased so far. It's not quite as handy or quick as the bipod, but it's very stable and adjustable. I used it for two full days of calling last weekend and don't have a real complaint yet. Hopefully I'll get out for a couple more days before the season is over for me. By then I should have a pretty good feel for it.
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#3188742 - 01/27/19 03:23 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
mcseal2 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/22/10
Posts: 166
Loc: KS
I like the Primos Rapid Pivot bipod. Some I have are the old Stoney Point models. I like how quick it pops on and off the rifle. I can pop it off to shoot free hand on runners quickly with one hand. That comes in handy at times when I call multiple coyotes. It adjusts to different terrain well too.

Big game and a few calling scenarios I like my Promaster 525 optics tripod with the Outdoorsmans pan head and shooting rest. With that set-up from a sitting position I've taken a whitetail buck at 380 yards. I also took a moose kneeling behind it at 300 yards. It's a bit slower to set up and move to target than the 2 legged bipod but it is very steady. Big game hunting I'm already packing the tripod for glassing anyway so all I'm adding is the shooting rest to my load.

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#3224155 - 12/23/19 02:57 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
Mtns2hunt Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 79
Loc: VA
I beleave less is best. I carry Stoney Point sticks. They are light weight. I have no issues out to 300 yards. Proper body position gives an almost rock steady support. JMO.

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#3224808 - 12/27/19 07:42 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
SnowmanMo Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 3449
Loc: Phoenix, Az
I currently run a Night Stalker that I got from Tom Austin at Night Goggles. I LOVE IT!! I used to run a set of standing/sitting bipod sticks that I got prom Pole Cat, now Primos. Those were nice because they were light and easy to use, but they are not nearly as stable as the Night Stalker.
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#3226063 - 01/02/20 01:04 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: SnowmanMo]
huntschool Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 490
Loc: Southernmost IL
I use a Bog Pod tripod for my set ups. I found that if I thought there was a good chance of needing to move the "pod" around I only used two legs. Worked pretty good for me.

Some of ya all may want to give this a try. It takes just a bit of practice.....

Just sayin.
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#3227946 - 01/13/20 06:30 AM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
sscoyote Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/28/02
Posts: 2444
Loc: pueblo, co
Killed a coyote back in Nov. from a sitting position with my tall Harris at 475 yds. in the head, in combination with my soft-sided stadium seat system--not too far off from benchrest steady. Some day may have to get one of the Swaggers--may be somewhat better than the Harris.

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#3228170 - 01/14/20 09:43 AM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: sandy hicks]
.223coyote Offline
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Registered: 02/28/10
Posts: 92
Loc: Southeast Iowa
My brother has the old Pole Cat as well, I have the Bog Pod sticks. Only difference is the Bog Pod swivels at the top. I prefer the sticks because you can drop them if the coyote comes in super close or if they swing out the side.

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#3228472 - 01/16/20 02:03 AM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
Seebass Offline
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Registered: 03/13/16
Posts: 270
Loc: CA
I’ve used the Bog Pod SB2 camo bipod for years. Still do. You can see it in a thread I created yesterday. Best $50 bipod I’ve ever seen or used!! I just ordered and received the newer version called the Bog Pod Havoc.
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#3228667 - 01/17/20 12:13 AM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: Seebass]
FLATHEAD67 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/20
Posts: 19
Loc: Henry Co. Mo.
Harris bipod on the 204,222 and 243. Trigger stick tripod for the shotgun.

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#3228780 - 01/17/20 04:42 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
K-22hornet. Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/06/03
Posts: 1578
Loc: Colorado
I prefer sticks. As has been mentioned. I can drop the sticks if I have a fast, close shot.

Also, the sticks adjust better for uneven terrain, in the event a coyote comes from an unexpected direction.

I make them from 48" tomato plant stakes, held together by zip ties. Total cost is about $3 per set.
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#3232014 - 02/06/20 12:13 AM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
TN Lone Wolf Offline
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Registered: 02/03/20
Posts: 21
Loc: Martin, Tennessee
I've got a Bog Pod with the now sadly discontinued PSR rest attachment. As a handgun hunter primarily, it helps keep my longer range pistols steady for those long shots. Due to it being designed for handguns, it fits my AR-15 and its pistol grip quite well and keeps it more than steady enough for shots on called-in coyotes.

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#3234065 - 02/16/20 03:24 PM Re: preferred bipod or shooting stick setup and why [Re: rfurman24]
Gman757 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 10/15/09
Posts: 1580
Loc: FL

Our hunting is a little different for hogs. I have tried different setups and now we use tripods topped with rifle saddles. We do a lot of night stalking with heavy AR rigs. The usual setup is an AR with a 20 or 25 round mag, thermal scope, batteries and suppressors.

The best for us is to lock the rifle down in the saddle and adjust the tripod for height. We then fold up the legs and the whole rig goes over your shoulder for the stalk. That leaves one hand free for watching the hogs with a thermal scanner. Once we are close enough the tripod is eased down and the the front leg is always left longer so that it catches first and you can use it for leverage to pull the two rear legs.

Once you get behind the rifle adjust the leveling unit on the saddle so that it tracks correctly for the running shots and then it's game on. The saddles help with lateral tracking on the runners and also with mitigating recoil for faster shot recovery.

I use the Reaper with a Silk aluminum tripod and my buddy uses a ball head rig with carbon fiber tripod. These setups are rather heavy and most of our stalks are 300 yards or less.

https://thermalopticsplus.com/collections/mounts-and-tripods

https://thermalopticsplus.com/collections/really-right-stuff-tripods-ballheads-and-accessories

https://www.kopfjagerindustries.com/the-reaper



Edited by Gman757 (02/16/20 03:26 PM)

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