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Generic
04-21-2012, 10:42 PM
Just bought my first bolt action rifle yesterday. I'm looking into bipods but don't know anything about them. What is the most common height? What are the preferred brands? What should I be looking for? I bought a Tikka T3 Lite in .308 (if that matters). Thanks.

Merc1138
04-21-2012, 10:47 PM
Harris(there are arguably better, more expensive options out there. Even with harris bipods some have different features)

The height depends on what you want to be doing with it, how your rifle is configured, and how you shoot. Good luck trying to use a 13"-25" bipod while prone. A 6"-9" is pretty universal.

Generic
04-21-2012, 10:51 PM
Harris(there are arguably better, more expensive options out there. Even with harris bipods some have different features)

The height depends on what you want to be doing with it, how your rifle is configured, and how you shoot. Good luck trying to use a 13"-25" bipod while prone. A 6"-9" is pretty universal.

Main use will be bench shooting. What about swivel or leg notches?

Merc1138
04-21-2012, 10:55 PM
Main use will be bench shooting. What about swivel or leg notches?

Even off of a bench 6-9" should be fine. As far as the swivel and leg notches, personal preference. The notches let you lock the legs at different lengths, the swivel is a swivel(I doubt people have much use for a swivel off of a bench just shooting paper, might be a different story for hunters).

Generic
04-21-2012, 10:59 PM
Even off of a bench 6-9" should be fine. As far as the swivel and leg notches, personal preference. The notches let you lock the legs at different lengths, the swivel is a swivel(I doubt people have much use for a swivel off of a bench just shooting paper, might be a different story for hunters).

Thanks for your input.

Hamstur
04-22-2012, 12:18 AM
If there is a remote chance you might hunt or shoot targets/plates away from the shooting range, I would get the Harris S-BRM (or BRMS) 6-9", and get a lock lever from www.t-nuts.com for ~$10-$13.

IVC
04-22-2012, 8:19 AM
Even off of a bench 6-9" should be fine. As far as the swivel and leg notches, personal preference. The notches let you lock the legs at different lengths, the swivel is a swivel(I doubt people have much use for a swivel off of a bench just shooting paper, might be a different story for hunters).

Swivel is very useful on uneven ground and when benches are on a slight slope. Not unusual. If you go to different ranges or expect to shoot prone, swivel can come in handy. Having smooth legs allows you to compensate for the lack of swivel by retracting/extending them asymmetrically.

So, if you decide to go with notched legs you should get a swivel. If you go with smooth legs, swivel is optional. I have four Harris bipods and they are all notched and with swivel. I prefer positive lock under heavy recoil (I use one on a large 500 S&W revolver) and the ability to level the firearm manually.

FLIGHT762
04-22-2012, 8:27 AM
Get the swivel model, it's worth the extra money and if you ever sell it, it's more desirable.

The lock lever from T-nuts are a good accessory and are cheaper than the Pod Loc, but not necessary on the newer model swivel bipod. It has a knurled nut you can adjust the tension of the swivel ( I just put a T-nut on a new model and I have two other older models I put the Loc-Pod on).

The choice for a 6"-9" or the 9"-13" is a personal choice. I prefer the 9"-13" because I use it on the ground, prone and I need the additional height for shooting over grass, brush. If you are just going to only shoot off of a bench, then the 6"-9" will work.

All three of my swivel bipods are smooth legged, the notched version is also a personal preference. Either will work.

rudynix
04-22-2012, 9:41 AM
I have both Harris and GG&G bipods. I made the mistake of buying the Harris with notched legs and no swivel. As mentioned previously, benches are not necessarily level. If I were to buy another Harris bipod, it would not have the notches and probably would have the swivel. I am quite happy with the GG&G. I have both the extreme heavy duty and the heavy duty bipods, but they are significantly more expensive then the Harris. For a budget bipod, the Harris bipod is an excellent value, but if you want real quality and stability, get either an Atlas or GG&G.

M_lizar
04-22-2012, 11:47 AM
Can't you also buy a swivel mount later on.

icenix
04-22-2012, 12:07 PM
Bought a 6"-9" Harris Bipod from www.HarrisBipods.com. It is a great bipod and they have several different options. I just bought mine a month or two ago and when I was looking I found that they seem to be a great bipod for the money.

FLIGHT762
04-22-2012, 12:29 PM
Can't you also buy a swivel mount later on.

No. Not to correct cant. You can buy a swivel mount to track left to right.

It's called the Rota Pod. http://www.harrisbipods.com/

Quinc
04-22-2012, 12:31 PM
If I get another bi-pod it will be a Sinclair.
http://www.sinclairintl.com/userdocs/skus/p_749013031_1.jpg
http://www.sinclairintl.com/.aspx/sid=98802/pid=44699/Product/Sinclair-3rd-Generation-F-Class-Bipod?utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_source=googlebase&mc_id=s8000&gdftrk=gdfV21820_a_7c291_a_7c3470_a_7c749013031_d_ 749013031_d_5583

AlliedArmory
04-22-2012, 1:46 PM
Harris 6-9 with swivel or spend the bucks on a Atlas.

For long range shooting, you definitely want a swivel to properly level the scope.

M_lizar
04-22-2012, 1:50 PM
No. Not to correct cant. You can buy a swivel mount to track left to right.

It's called the Rota Pod. http://www.harrisbipods.com/

Cool. Thanks for clearing that up.

ExtremeX
04-22-2012, 2:21 PM
I went with the Atlas bipod and its very well made product, it was expensive, but I am very happy with it.

TreeHugger
04-22-2012, 2:33 PM
I'm using a harris BRMS (swivel) 6-9" for bench and prone, works fine, I prefer this shorter version, only need 6" 99+% of the time. My old rifle had a 9-13" harris BRMS, it was just way too tall, never ever needed to go pass 9".

ExtremeX
04-22-2012, 2:46 PM
I also agree with the height range here. I too find something in the 6-9" range the most versatile for the type of shooting I do.

The Atlas give me 4.75"-9" range. 4.75" with the legs canted 45 degrees forward allows me to get a better downward angle for lower targets.

Picture Example from Google Images
http://www.gothamsurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Remington-700-SPS-Tactical-Left-2.jpg

SR-71 BLACKBIRD
04-22-2012, 2:53 PM
I'm using the Harris Bipod BR-S and LaRue Tactical LT130 QD Mount on my AR-308 and love it.

I bought mine from LaRue. Your not going to need the LT130 so it will be a little cheaper for ya. I like the smooth leg option myself. Just my .02

http://www.laruetactical.com/sites/default/files/p1012824small.jpg

TreeHugger
04-22-2012, 2:56 PM
If harris, add a Podlock, then you're GTG.

SR-71 BLACKBIRD
04-22-2012, 2:56 PM
I'm using a harris BRMS (swivel) 6-9" for bench and prone, works fine, I prefer this shorter version, only need 6" 99+% of the time. My old rifle had a 9-13" harris BRMS, it was just way too tall, never ever needed to go pass 9".

Have to agree with you there. I've only extended the legs once on my bipod when doing some long range stuff with the wife.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff320/planetstation/2012-03-30125753.jpg

Generic
04-22-2012, 5:24 PM
Thanks for everyone's input. I'm going to go with the Harris w/swivel.