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    Bipod Stability - Swivel or not?

    I recently purchased a 13"-27" swivelled bipod as most of my shooting would be either from a sitting position or in long heather/soft ground. I had never used a bipod before.

    However this bipod is slightly too high for me to shoot prone in normal conditions/range work and I was looking to buy a second 9"-13" bipod for this purpose.

    My question is would I be better buying a swivel bipod or just a bog standard non swivel. Obviously price is a driving factor as one is nearly twice the price of the other but does anyone find a big difference in stability? Is a non swivel really that difficult to use on uneven ground? I had this gut feeling that the non swivel would provide me a more stable shooting platform on firm/flat ground at the range I use.

    I really don't have the time to travel to my nearest dealer to try one out on my rifle so I would be grateful for any advice......

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    Swivel every time.
    The non swivel type isn`t going to produce the easiest option every time.
    There are alternatives, your rucksack, binos etc but none will give you perfection every time.
    basil.

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    Huntsman81,

    I would go for the swivel model!

    I have the 9-13" swivel model and it makes it a lot easier to shoot on un-even ground without having to worry too much about adjusting the legs.

    What I would recommend is you also purchase a "pod lock" this is basically a small handel to replace the horrible screw for fixing the swivel in the desired position.

    click here

    Hope this helps
    Jonathan

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    hi, if it was me i would spend the xtra money for the swivel model,for my first bi pod i bought a standard model and now i find that it,s only useful for zeroing .
    the scudd

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    Many Thanks

    Swivel it is! Like the look of that Podlock Jonher, any idea where I can buy these in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntsman81
    Many Thanks

    Swivel it is! Like the look of that Podlock Jonher, any idea where I can buy these in the UK?
    Sorry don't know if they're available for purchase in the UK, but I'm sure someone on the forum will have an idea!

    I bought mine via the airgunbbs forums (http://www.airgunbbs.com/forums), they had a group buy.

    The guys name was "foxshooter" if you PM him he might arrange another group buy! Thats what I did

    Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntsman81
    Many Thanks

    Swivel it is! Like the look of that Podlock Jonher, any idea where I can buy these in the UK?
    Just found one here for 23:
    http://www.sportingservices.co.uk/accessories.asp

    Think I paid around 10 when purchased as part of the group buy from the US!

    Jonathan

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    Go for swivel.

    The patent has just come of Harris bipods so there are now Chineese copies made to same specs. I think Global Rifle is the place to start, see web site or get hold of a gun mart.

    D

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    I take it these are the bipods referred to with a list of stockists. Maybe you can check what they are going for.
    http://www.snipersystems.co.uk/id46.html

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