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    Red face Home made sticks - why?

    I find it quite amusing that we recommend to all new guns that they spend a small fortune on some exotic glass for the top of their gun and under take an allmost spiritual process when it comes to cleaning which borders on OCD all in the name of accuracy , but when it comes to the very thing we rest our guns on for a steady shot it seems that some garden canes bound together with brown paper and string seems to be the norm!
    I some time back invested a bit of money ( about 100 I seem to remember) in a decent set of sticks - a tripod setup from Bogpod . They are brilliantly stable and due to having a pivoting head allow you track a target on the sticks. I regularly range shoot of these sticks and have happily taken long shots off them - yet I regularly hear people saying that they would not take shots of sticks further than 80m - is this because home made sticks are - how should I put this tactfully - thinking - on well - *****?

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    Could you let me know where you got the Bogopod from please.

    Cheers.

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    Good post! I agree to a degree but some home made sticks are very good. I got sick of losing good sticks made with antler etc. I soon switched to cheap garden canes but got fed up with them braking. I know use a telescopic set which seem much better. Tried a new set from bushware with the leg that drops down to create a quad stick arrangement but they are the devil to get used to but are very good on the range.
    Last edited by Paul 600; 07-01-2011 at 15:13.

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    The fact that I paid moneyfor them means I look after them!

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    I disagree. I shoot with 4 sticks to the maximum range the conditions permit, and in the following thread there is a photo of my sticks being used by a friend.

    DIY shooting sticks

    On a still morning I shot a fox that was sitting on its haunches looking at me at 250yds with my .243 off the 4 sticks.

    Rgds JCS

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    I got my set from Sloans in Inverurie ( Aberdeenshire) - not sure if they have an internet shop but you could give them a call as they definately have them in the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    I disagree. I shoot with 4 sticks to the maximum range the conditions permit, and in the following thread there is a photo of my sticks being used by a friend.

    DIY shooting sticks

    On a still morning I shot a fox that was sitting on its haunches looking at me at 250yds with my .243 off the 4 sticks.

    Rgds JCS
    I glad to hear you are happy with your home made sticks - you've saved your self at least 100.
    I have tried your design and found it good and stable on flatish ground but hard to use on steep ground - whichmost of my shooting is, I also found it very hard to track left and right with that design.
    I didn't part easily with the cash for my sticks and went throug a number of home made and purchased versions before settling with the bogpod.
    My point was that ther are some very poor home made and shop made sticks in use and we seem to put up with them - which we would not do if it was a dodgy scope or the saftey catch was a bit tempramental - but there is no difference realy.

    I don't work for Bogpod - but do like that someone who shoots has designed the sticks - they make good walking sticks when together and when deployed settle quickly and are very stable, with the added bonus of the abillity to rotate the head indipendant of the legs make the a good bit of kit for me.
    Last edited by Buchangun; 07-01-2011 at 08:54. Reason: stupid spelling!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buchangun View Post
    I find it quite amusing that we recommend to all new guns that they spend a small fortune on some exotic glass for the top of their gun and under take an allmost spiritual process when it comes to cleaning which borders on OCD all in the name of accuracy , but when it comes to the very thing we rest our guns on for a steady shot it seems that some garden canes bound together with brown paper and string seems to be the norm!
    I some time back invested a bit of money ( about 100 I seem to remember) in a decent set of sticks - a tripod setup from Bogpod . They are brilliantly stable and due to having a pivoting head allow you track a target on the sticks. I regularly range shoot of these sticks and have happily taken long shots off them - yet I regularly hear people saying that they would not take shots of sticks further than 80m - is this because home made sticks are - how should I put this tactfully - thinking - on well - *****?
    I can make sticks that work but cant make a scope. if i can make it i do if i cant i buy. i would shoot off the sticks to a fair distance more so since i put a mod on the rifle (sort of anchors the rifle in the sticks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete evans View Post
    I can make sticks that work but cant make a scope. if i can make it i do if i cant i buy. i would shoot off the sticks to a fair distance more so since i put a mod on the rifle (sort of anchors the rifle in the sticks).
    good point. i use the garden canes from b in a q and have borrowed extendable monopods etc from mates.

    sometimes the simplest solution is the best.
    Last edited by artschool; 07-01-2011 at 10:58.

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    I have my own design skeleton tripod in laminated wood with adjustable pegs for kneeling and sitting should I need to

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