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    Rifle fads

    I am tired of rifle bling. I wanted to start a list of silly fashion accessories stalking rifles don't need.

    I'm starting with bipods. 99.9% of the time there is absolutely no need for a bipod on a stalking rifle.

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    Does 'rifle bling' include trigger upgrades, extended bolt knobs, screw cutting, aftermarket stocks, trigger shoes, oversize trigger guards etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brenneke View Post
    I am tired of rifle bling. I wanted to start a list of silly fashion accessories stalking rifles don't need.

    I'm starting with bipods. 99.9% of the time there is absolutely no need for a bipod on a stalking rifle.
    I find my bipod extremely useful.atb Tim

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    98% of my stalking is done on the hill. My bipod is invaluable: it provides a stable platform from which to shoot and I dont have to fumble, placing a bag, binos etc in a suitable position to act as a rest. The bipod is engaged in seconds, with minimum of fuss.

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    Tactical bolt 'knobs' on hunting rifles, thoroughly unnecessary and ugly. And if you're stalking in the UK I don't really see the need for those little stock sleeves that hold an additional 5-10 rounds?

    Tom
    I'm telling Captain - from the Wee'est of men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjwaines View Post
    Tactical bolt 'knobs' on hunting rifles, thoroughly unnecessary and ugly. And if you're stalking in the UK I don't really see the need for those little stock sleeves that hold an additional 5-10 rounds?

    Tom
    Wellllll.... On my T3 lite I found that the large tactical bolt knob I put on it made for much more stable, smooth and quick reload after taking a shot. I found the standard Tikka bolt a tad too small for my fat hands... As for the stock sleeve... My T3 lite had a predator 8 mod on it which made it stupidly front heavy and unballanced, I also needed to raise the comb so I used one of the Aim Stock covers with the pocket over a rubber comb raiser.. the pocket then had 10 rounds in it in an attempt to balance the rifle up... worked to a degree..

    Now I have replaced the rifle with something more balanced to start with along with a mod that doesn't weigh almost 1kg I have done away with the ammo pouch for the stock... still have a Beartooth Comb raiser on it though..

    I don't use a bipod on my stalking rifle but there have been plenty of occassions where I wished I did!!!

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    Scope sock

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6pointer View Post
    Scope sock
    OOOOO I must be 'bling boy'.... I've got one of those too..... Just thought it may be worthwhile protecting a 2k+ scope

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    I dont think a bipod can be called an unecessary accessory - the last 6 hinds ive taken in two outings have been shot off bipod without any fuss. My stalking is mixed woodland and open ground....an essential item if you ask me.


    Scope covers - I include Butler Creeks - essential to protect your glass.

    Moderator - hmm mixed vote here for me, multiple shots - yup necessary, stalking bucks or stags, not so..

    Aftermarket bolt knobs and triggers - if they make the base rifles aesthetic and function improve for the end user, why not?


    My list of unessential bling would start with bore snakes,,,,,and mentors........
    Last edited by Ronin; 12-03-2012 at 09:20.

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    There are times when bipods are useful, but they aren't often on a proper stalking rifle. I have used them for truck-based culling a fair bit. But on a stalking rifle i would argue the vast majority of the time they are more trouble than they are worth. The problem is that they largely limit you to shooting off the bipod. They make getting off a quick shot offhand almost impossible, or shooting resting against a tree truly impossible. They are heavy. I much rather a backpack and shooting sticks - it gives me more options and is far less cumbersome. I reckon i can get a shot off from my backpack faster than you can use your bipod.

    I have scope covers. I like Limbsaver recoil pads. Muzzle brakes occasionally have their place.

    "Tactical" bolt handles just seem a complete and utter w@nk. Can't see why anyone needs extended mags on a stalking rifle - if you need an extended magazine you need to spend more time practicing your shooting, rather than buying extended magazines. Ditto ammunition holders. I think stainless steel is largely bling, and it has significantly less strength than Cr-Mo and can do some pretty funky things in extreme cold - hence some well known blow-ups. Stainless is more prone to structural flaws. As a metallurgical engineer and shooting partner of mine once pointed out, stainless steel actually changes shape more than well aged walnut with temperature extremes, and nearly twice as much as much as Cr-Mo steel.

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