Posted 08 October 2009 - 04:42 AM
Very good thread with great comments by different people. I have been using some kind of shooting sticks since I started hunting coyotes, and this will be my 18th winter. My first ones were homemade consisting of two dowel rods, 3/4" diameter crossed like the old buffalo sticks, with a pin through allowing them to spread or slightly close which would allow you make them taller or shorter real simple with a simple move. I had a limiter strap fastened securely on the left leg and hole drilled through it every inch or so, and a pin through the other leg which would allow me to make it shorter or taller by just taking up or letting out the distance beween the sticks but preventing them from opening all the way and letting your rest collaple flat. I was constantly tweaking the thing for years until I got it just like it needed to be.Next I graduated up to the Stoney Point bipd that let out to about 70 inches for standing up shots and total height and width adjustments. It let both legs be adjusted quickly to allow you to level it on any kind of terrain. Good product and very popular wih today's hit and run style of hunting. You had a qualiy product with rock steady rest to l00 yds and quick let out of the legs or shortening them to fit your terrain. You could leave it adjusted full length with both legs together, and use it as a super monopod. Very versatile.Then I moved up to the Bog Pod bipod with the same basic of the Stoney Point, but with some much better features that allowed you set up with a yoke that turned a full 360 degrees which allows you to slide your butt a little and turn the rifle without lifting up the sticks at all. Increments of adjustment marked in stark white letters so you could see what number the leg is set at for future reference. Strong enough to use as a walking sticks in hilly country, not like a cane designed for that purpose but much better than nothing but an old stick. Overall a major improvement over Stoney Point as this company incorporated some of these features sooner than the competition. If Stoney Point had installed the pivoting yoke, for instance, I'd still be shooting over them.Finally, the ultimate shooting sticks, the Bog Pod Tripod. When all 3 legs are employed, it is so much steadier than even their own bipod due to the increase stabilization of the 3rd leg. When you use the third leg, it also opens up the possibity of attaching an extra like the Tagalong that Stoney Point offers, which allows you to create a rifle stand, in effect, that you can sit your rifle on and leave your hands free to use field glasses, etc.. You don't have to use the 3rd leg at all, and if you make that choice, it basically becomes their bipod with the rotating yoke. Here again, when either 2 or 3 legs are employed, it is easily strong enough to use as a walking aid.Sorry if this sounds like a commercial for Bog Pod as I don't mean it to be that. I am just showing some of the younger hunters and newbies what I think is the best way to go. You can also buy a shorter version of either model.Good hunting at ya!