There is no question about it a study rest will improve the accuracy of your shot. Whether you’re reaching out for coyotes, varmints, big game or just shooting out in your backyard a bipod will improve your accuracy. It’s not only a improvement at the range your hunting ability will reach new heights. AR15 Bipods have always been popular, but for some reason hunters are skeptical about adding the accessory. I don’t know if it’s that they are uncomfortable adding more weight to their gear or only interested in stand hunting, but they’ve been reluctant to add on bipods.
Bipod Shooting Tips to Increase Your Accuracy
A bipod can create a study rest and be an asset in the field if used properly. Attaching a bipod to your rifle isn’t going to be a miracle. You’re still going to have to practice and learn the right way to use it. You could own a Harris Hinged base bipod which is one of the best on the market and be outshot by someone using a cheap CVLIFE bipod. You just need to know what you’re doing with your equipment.
Height Isn’t Everything
As tempting as it is to get that big bodied bipod made for fat guys height isn’t everything. The longer the bipod’s legs the less stable they are. Long legs are going to flex and give resulting in a wobbly surface. The shorter the bipod’s legs are the more stable the surface. Adjust your bipod so that the rifle is as close to the ground as possible reducing instability. That being said you don’t want to lower your rifle to the point where it’s uncomfortable. If you’ve got a big 300 pound belly laying on the ground you’re probably not getting down as low as a teenager. Don’t force yourself into an uncomfortable position just to increase stability. Being uncomfortable will actually make you less stable than with a higher bipod.
Never Shoot Off A Rock
Throughout your entire life you’ve been told that the sturdier the surface the more stable something will be. When it comes to shooting you need to forget all that. If you place your bipod onto a rock all it will do is jump up on you. This will result in a bullet that lands high above your target. Try and find a surface that has a little bit of give to place your bipod. It’s worth digging down a little bit to reach the softer soil underneath the crust. If you’re shooting on all rock you can soften your blow by tossing down a jacket or even using one of these rolled up shooting mats.Not only will the mat increase your accuracy it’ll protect your knees from the hard ground.
Load Your Bipod
Unless your professional shooter you probably never heard of the term loading your bipod. There are a lot of intricacies the going to loading a bipod properly, but I won’t go into all that. Just get in position behind your rifle and seek the stock up against your shoulder. Once seated push your shoulder slightly forward into the butt of your gun to increase stability. All you’re really doing is pushing the feet firmly into the ground reducing its flex.
Use Your Weak Hand For Support
So what do you do with your offhand? You’re going to want to use your dominant hand to further stabilize the rifle. Double down on your bracing by using your offhand fist to stabilize your rifle stock. To further adjust the impact of your shot reach under your right arm and grab the rifles rear sling. Making a fist you can adjust the elevation by slightly squeezing and relaxing your grip.
Hinged vs Solid Based Bipod
Whether or not you need a hinged or solid based bipod is going to depend on your application. By their very nature hinged based bipod’s are going to offer less support. The trade-off is that you will be able to track game without having to lift up your rifle. You’d be surprised how far hinged based bipod will actually move from side to side. Some of the more expensive models like this Harris Hinged Base Bipod will actually swivel and tilt to compensate for uneven terrain.