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Old 01-28-2014, 8:00 PM
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Question Caldwell pivot XLA Bipod 13-23" or 13.5-27" ?

I have two Harris bipods that I love, but was wondering if anyone has experience using the Caldwell pivot XLA Bipod specifically in the 13-23" or 13.5-27" flavors?
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I've used the 6-9" version of the XLA pivot bipod. I have found the clamping screw to be somewhat problematic on a few of them. The screw tip doesnt have a very positive contact area when tightened down, allowing it to wander when torqued down. If it shifts after it has been tightened (Happens often on mine) the bipod can become loose and potentially fall off. The legs seem to be pretty decent though.

What I've done on a few of mine, is to swap the legs from the Caldwell XLA onto the base from the Blackhawk pivot model bipod. The base and clamping screw on the Blackhawk are much more robust, and it comes with a lever for adjusting pivot tension. The legs on the Blackhawk however, completely suck. They are set up to retract with the push button, rather than extend. They also are not notched like the XLA legs, requiring a thumb screw to be tightened down to hold them at the desired length. Swap the XLA legs onto the Blackhawk, and you end up with a pretty decent bipod that ends up still costing a bit less than a Harris.
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I've used the 6-9" version of the XLA pivot bipod. I have found the clamping screw to be somewhat problematic on a few of them. The screw tip doesnt have a very positive contact area when tightened down, allowing it to wander when torqued down. If it shifts after it has been tightened (Happens often on mine) the bipod can become loose and potentially fall off. The legs seem to be pretty decent though.

What I've done on a few of mine, is to swap the legs from the Caldwell XLA onto the base from the Blackhawk pivot model bipod. The base and clamping screw on the Blackhawk are much more robust, and it comes with a lever for adjusting pivot tension. The legs on the Blackhawk however, completely suck. They are set up to retract with the push button, rather than extend. They also are not notched like the XLA legs, requiring a thumb screw to be tightened down to hold them at the desired length. Swap the XLA legs onto the Blackhawk, and you end up with a pretty decent bipod that ends up still costing a bit less than a Harris.
Thank you for that! I have a harris on another one of my rifles and the clamping screw shoots loose too. I solved it by drilling a hole in it and safety wiring it in place.
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The Harris is VASTLY superior.

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shipping was 15... still a great price at $175 shipped

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shipping was 15... still a great price at $175 shipped

http://swfa.com/GGG-Quick-Detach-Sta...od-P49065.aspx
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Swap the XLA legs onto the Blackhawk, and you end up with a pretty decent bipod that ends up still costing a bit less than a Harris.
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Swap the XLA legs onto the Blackhawk, and you end up with a pretty decent bipod that ends up still costing a bit less than a Harris.
Not a bad idea!
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I bought the 13-23" and I have to say that it feels very harris-esque and its seems to work well. I have been out with it twice now on my ruger .308 bolt gun and it feels a lot heavier than my harris bipods (probably due to the fact that this one is longer...thus bringing the weight farther past the balance point), but when dismounted the bipod weight difference is negligible (again my harris bipods are only the 6-9, and 9-13 models).
My only issue thus far is that there is a creaking sound that comes when tilting the bipod from side to side (this is the pivot model)...once I look into where it is coming from, im certain it can be easily remedied.
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