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#3288178 - 12/16/21 09:21 PM Tripod recommendations
Erie660 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/21
Posts: 79
Loc: Michigan
Iíve been looking at numerous tripods, trying to find a good one that doesnít break the bank. Iím trying to stay below 500.00. I have been looking at the Nightsnipe tournament hunter with the NS67 ball head and reaper mount and also the Slik pro 700 with NS67 ball head and reaper mount. Iím trying to stay fairly light and the Nightsnipe tournament hunter with ball head and reaper mount is just a little over 5 lbs. The slik pro 700 is over 7lbs. Iíve also looked at Nightgoggles but they are over 7lbs also. Thanks

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#3288199 - 12/17/21 12:42 AM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
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#3288206 - 12/17/21 08:42 AM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
1trkyhntr Offline
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Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 1595
Loc: Southside Virginia
Light = carbon fiber and it is going to be impossible to put together a QUALITY carbon fiber tripod/ball head/mount combo for less than $500.00.

You can shave off some weight and money if you eliminate the clamp mount and direct mount your rifle to the ball head. That is the best way to do it.

If you are set on a clamp mount setup for under $500 then you should take a look at the aluminum SLIK Pro 700, Cretac/Feisol SBH50D, and the Reaper Grip. About 8.4 lbs total. A better ball head would be the leofoto LH55 but that will put you at about a little over 9lbs and a few dollars over $500, depending on what deal you can find.

I have no experience with that NightSnipe tripod, but it looks like about a dozen or so other rebranded Chinese tripods that are on the market now. You are not saving any money in the long run by buying a $175.00 Chinese tripod. I know several guys who went that route, myself included. None of us have those tripods now.

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#3288208 - 12/17/21 09:12 AM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: 1trkyhntr]
Erie660 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/21
Posts: 79
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: 1trkyhntr
Light = carbon fiber and it is going to be impossible to put together a QUALITY carbon fiber tripod/ball head/mount combo for less than $500.00.

You can shave off some weight and money if you eliminate the clamp mount and direct mount your rifle to the ball head. That is the best way to do it.

If you are set on a clamp mount setup for under $500 then you should take a look at the aluminum SLIK Pro 700, Cretac/Feisol SBH50D, and the Reaper Grip. About 8.4 lbs total. A better ball head would be the leofoto LH55 but that will put you at about a little over 9lbs and a few dollars over $500, depending on what deal you can find.

I have no experience with that NightSnipe tripod, but it looks like about a dozen or so other rebranded Chinese tripods that are on the market now. You are not saving any money in the long run by buying a $175.00 Chinese tripod. I know several guys who went that route, myself included. None of us have those tripods now.

How does a direct mount attache to the forearm of a bolt gun like a Tikka? I have looked at the Slik pro 700 and was one that I was considering. Thanks

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#3288217 - 12/17/21 11:51 AM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
1trkyhntr Offline
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Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 1595
Loc: Southside Virginia
How does a direct mount attache to the forearm of a bolt gun like a Tikka? I have looked at the Slik pro 700 and was one that I was considering. Thanks[/quote]

For a bolt rifle you will have to attach (screw on) either an arca plate or a picatinny rail and add an arca adapter.
If you don't want to do that you will have to go with a clamp mount. I have owned several and IMO the Reaper Grip is the best choice for a tapered or round stock.
A less expensive option is this:
It is a Slik 700 tripod and Reaper Grip clamp. It does swivel and tilt but it does not pan. I have one as a loaner. The tripod description is incorrect, it is the aluminum model.
https://kjrests.com/products/k700-amt-aluminum-tripod-with-reaper-grip


Edited by 1trkyhntr (12/17/21 01:26 PM)

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#3288220 - 12/17/21 01:45 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: 1trkyhntr]
Erie660 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/21
Posts: 79
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: 1trkyhntr
How does a direct mount attache to the forearm of a bolt gun like a Tikka? I have looked at the Slik pro 700 and was one that I was considering. Thanks


For a bolt rifle you will have to attach (screw on) either an arca plate or a picatinny rail and add an arca adapter.
If you don't want to do that you will have to go with a clamp mount. I have owned several and IMO the Reaper Grip is the best choice for a tapered or round stock.
A less expensive option is this:
It is a Slik 700 tripod and Reaper Grip clamp. It does swivel and tilt but it does not pan. I have one as a loaner. The tripod description is incorrect, it is the aluminum model.
https://kjrests.com/products/k700-amt-aluminum-tripod-with-reaper-grip [/quote]

Is that the same as this one? The place that sell this tripod is only about 60 miles from me. Thanks for all the advice.
https://www.predatorhunteroutdoors.com/index.php/product/slik-pro-700-tripod-reaper-grip-combo/

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#3288227 - 12/17/21 03:47 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
1trkyhntr Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 1595
Loc: Southside Virginia

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#3288301 - 12/18/21 08:39 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
mbaysinger89 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/13
Posts: 1291
Loc: kansas
For 500 I would go with the Leofoto LS 364C with the Leofoto LH40 head. PM me and I can hook you up with a vendor that has been good to me.

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#3288860 - 12/24/21 12:48 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: mbaysinger89]
parson Offline
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Registered: 11/16/13
Posts: 589
Loc: North Dakota
How about Bog-Pod , any pros or cons?

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#3288868 - 12/24/21 01:21 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
flowj Offline
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Registered: 12/16/09
Posts: 224
Loc: Ky.
I use a Bog Pod. So far so good. I will probably upgrade. Thought I would try it for hunting I actually bought it for my Oehler 35 chronograph. Big guns were upsetting camera tripod.

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#3288873 - 12/24/21 01:45 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
204 AR Offline
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Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 6219
Loc: Nebraska
I have the Bog aluminum camo version also. I'm just getting started so all these ball heads and stuff are greek to me but it seems pretty simple to just lay the float tube in the Bog clamp and snug it down vs screwing more stuff to a rifle. It's a tank though and lugging it around is the downfall if you're walking far with all the night gear that's needed to do this.
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#3288978 - 12/25/21 04:54 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: 1trkyhntr]
Erie660 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/21
Posts: 79
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: 1trkyhntr
Light = carbon fiber and it is going to be impossible to put together a QUALITY carbon fiber tripod/ball head/mount combo for less than $500.00.

You can shave off some weight and money if you eliminate the clamp mount and direct mount your rifle to the ball head. That is the best way to do it.

If you are set on a clamp mount setup for under $500 then you should take a look at the aluminum SLIK Pro 700, Cretac/Feisol SBH50D, and the Reaper Grip. About 8.4 lbs total. A better ball head would be the leofoto LH55 but that will put you at about a little over 9lbs and a few dollars over $500, depending on what deal you can find.

I have no experience with that NightSnipe tripod, but it looks like about a dozen or so other rebranded Chinese tripods that are on the market now. You are not saving any money in the long run by buying a $175.00 Chinese tripod. I know several guys who went that route, myself included. None of us have those tripods now.

I decided to go with the two vets Recon tripod and a 55 dual tension ball head. This is more money that I intended on spending but I think Iím bettor find the long run. Iíve been doing a lot of research and the two vets seems like a quality tripod.

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#3288987 - 12/25/21 08:37 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
1trkyhntr Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 1595
Loc: Southside Virginia
If you have not placed an order yet PM me, I can refer you to the guy that I deal with. He carries Two Vets plus other brands and will treat you right.

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#3288991 - 12/25/21 09:54 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
Lacounty72 Offline
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Registered: 11/18/20
Posts: 23
Loc: Missouri
Gonna sound nuts but I sprung for the Vortex Ridgeline Carbon Fiber (street price $500ish) and then went and returned it to go the Bog Carbon Fiber Death grip. The Vortex was real frighin nice from a weight and overall height standpoint in comparison to the Bog. What I grew to dislike after hunting with it next to my buddy's Carbon Bog was the pan handle for panning. For whatever reason it seemed to always becoming unscrewed and it cost me a few missed dogs...admittedly I'm not the greatest shot but it made for a real ball busting hunt when your buddy is smacking em (3 to be exact) when you're missing em with a tripod that cost double. In freezing temps you could also hear it move while panning which was somewhat annoying to have to oil a new $500 tripod but that seemed to alleviate the noise on a still night. As mentioned I do miss the extra 3-4" of height it also provided over the BOG but with about $10 worth of 3" bushings on the BOG it's an easy fix for me at 6"2".

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#3289053 - 12/27/21 12:41 PM Re: Tripod recommendations [Re: Erie660]
Stugotz Offline
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Registered: 04/17/17
Posts: 62
Loc: Minnesota, USA
My friends and I have been picking them up off of Craigslist used for years. The one I have in the pix is Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column that I purchased used for about $80.00. I already had the ball head and plate and built the Hog Saddle with parts I bought from Menards.

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