Best Bipods for Long Range Shooting
When it comes to long-range shooting, you need as much stability as you can manage. Slight errors in your breathing, setup, or calibration can result in you missing a target that you worked for over several hours. But tripods are often too bulky for many hunting setups, and monopods aren’t often as stable as you might need for certain long-range rifle models.
Bipods are a great balance between the two accessory types. Today, let’s take a look at the best bipods for long-range shooting and help you find an ideal model for your needs.[Intro]
The Best Long Range Shooting Bipods
This versatile rifle bipod is an adaptable model that’s perfect for any M-Lok firearm. Given that M-Lok accessories are among the most popular on the market, we feel this will be a great choice for a variety of marksmen’s needs.
It’s made with carbon fiber, which is arguably just as good as aircraft-grade aluminum in terms of both durability and lightweight. It also works in either high or low temperatures and is corrosion and fatigue resistant.
Furthermore, the bipod can be adjusted up to five settings of varying lengths, making it ideal for either hunting situations or target practice scenarios. The included adjustable inches between 6 inches and 9 inches are great for most uses, although smaller or thinner rifle builds will benefit most rather than bulkier platforms.
The legs use springs and releases that can easily be adjusted rather than tools, so you won’t need to worry about handling those in the field, too.
Ultimately, this bipod is one of the best on the market and is affordable even with its relatively unique construction material and ease-of-use.
This long-range hinged bipod is ideal for high caliber weapons thanks to its fantastic shockproof construction. It uses a lock screw and framed crossbar that enables it to tilt from side to side with hitting legs and still boast extra durability. This is because it’s made with high-quality aluminum alloy that has been finished with a black matte material; it stops the sun from glaring off the bipod service and affords it corrosion resistance.
Even better, it features rubber feet that can prevent it from slipping on wet surfaces. The top of the bipod is also rubber coated to avoid scratching your rifle. This is another excellent factor that many other bipod manufacturers don’t consider.
The bipod can be adjusted between 13 inches and 27 inches, so it’s great for both slimmer and bigger rifle platforms alike.
This long-range bipod is a perfect choice if you have a larger and heavier weapon or are interested in something that will remain stable even on slippery surfaces.
The Swagger Stalker bipod is incredibly quick to operate; it uses a single button to compact the bipod and make it ready for travel. Once assembled, it’s only 15 ounces in weight and it can expand between 14 inches and 42 inches: among the widest range offered on bipods on the market. Because of this, it can be used with regular rifles or other weapons like crossbows or shotguns.
It also has rubber foot caps that can prevent it from slipping on wet surfaces. Or you can remove these and use the spiked feet to dig into dirt or other soft terrain. This versatility is another huge positive point.
Ultimately, it’s a fantastic choice for even heavier or longer-range rifles that need to be elevated quite a bit to be effective.
This pricy rifle bipod can adjust its elevation between 7 inches and 10 inches depending on your needs. It also includes a fully rotating swivel system and infinitely adjustable mechanism that allows you to fine-tune the length of the legs according to your preferences and rotate your rifle when in place. It’s ideal for tracking moving targets and, thus, for hunters.
It utilizes a quick-detach Picatinny mounting system for easy swapping from rifle to rifle or when you need to move in a hurry. It also has weight-saving telescoping carbon fiber legs; these afforded phenomenal durability without increasing its weight too much and make sure that the legs can be quickly adjusted without springs that can cramp up suddenly.
This is a high-quality piece of equipment and ideal for those with a little extra cash to spend who want innovative mechanisms when they adjust the elevation of their bipod.
This last bipod can extend between 9 inches and 13 inches, and the legs feature easy measurement notches to let you adjust the height in 1-inch increments. It also swivels quite easily to let you shoot from uneven ground. All the parts are made in the USA, and you get free shipping with the purchase; the asking price is about middle-of-the-road.
It’s made with high-quality aluminum alloy materials to prevent it from becoming too heavy or bulky as you move it around, too. The only real downside is that it’s a bit tricky to attach in a hurry.
This affordable bipod for long-range shooting is a great pick if you want something that’s easy to adjust and don’t need to detach a bipod quickly all that often.
Why Use a Bipod for Long Range Shooting?
When you start shooting at longer ranges, and especially upwards of 1000 yards, you’ll find that even slight instability with your set up can result in massive inaccuracy. When you’re using a long-range rifle, any minor error you make, whether it’s with your zeroing efforts or with your crosshair calibration, is amplified many times what you would expect at shorter distances.
For instance, having your crosshair slightly off your target isn’t as big of a deal if you are shooting a target 100 yards away. The reverse is true if you’re hitting a target 1000 yards away; the crosshair being off by half a centimeter can easily translate to many dozens of yards off the mark.
Bipods can eliminate a lot of the stability issues inherent with long-range weapons. You can place your weapon on the bipod or mount the bipod to the bottom of your barrel, enabling you to swivel the weapon up or down or side to side without shaking it as much. This translates to better accuracy.
Bipods are also helpful for long-range shooting if you need to move around frequently. They don’t take as long to set up as a traditional tripod but include additional stability when compared to a monopod. Even better, your arm and shoulder muscles will be as tired if you use a bipod to keep your rifle supported for longer ambush setups, like when you’re hunting.
What to Look For in a Bipod
Keep these major factors in mind when selecting a bipod and you are more likely to pick up a bottle that’s perfect for your needs.
First off, consider what the bipod is made of. Many top-tier bipods are made with aircraft-grade aluminum, which is an exceptionally durable material that also doesn’t weigh too much. But you can also find more affordable bipods that are made with some kind of durable polymer. This is better if you are on a tighter budget, but we would always recommend going with aluminum if you can afford it.
Carbon fiber is another solid choice, though it’s a bit rarer. It’s comparable to steel in terms of durability but it also typically much lighter in weight.
Make sure to check out how high or low the legs can go. Higher legs are ideal for certain types of services while lower legs may work for different perches. It all depends on your needs and where you’ll be using the bipod most frequently.
In most cases, getting a bipod that can work with a variety of leg lengths and heights is a good idea. Even if you mostly use your rifle for hunting or for target practice, you never know when you might want to use it for something else. Having a flexible bipod will let you use the same model for all of your shooting needs rather than having to go back to the market.
Generally speaking, particularly tall bipods can rise up to between 15 and 30 inches, while shorter bipods will hover around the 6-inch to 10-inch range. You can also go in between these values if you want something more middling.
Can The Legs Adjust Independently?
Additionally, you’ll want to consider whether the legs can be adjusted independently of one another. This is usually helpful if you are a hunter and are using uneven surfaces more often than not. Sometimes you need to prop up your weapon on a truck or tree stump, which won’t be as even as a counter or table at a target shooting range.
Being able to adjust the legs independently will allow you to stabilize the bipod more efficiently and will result in a better shooting experience. However, you can somewhat afford to ignore this feature if you will primarily be using the bipod for target shooting; chances are low you’ll find an uneven surface at any shooting range worth its salt.
Can It Cant and Pan?
Bipods can normally allow you to turn your weapon in two directions: left and right, which is called panning, and up and down, which is called canting. Being able to use your bipod for both of these maneuvers is always best, as you never know when you’ll need to tilt your rifle up or down or left or right depending on your target or the animal you’re hunting.
Obviously, hunters will get more of use out of particularly maneuverable bipods, but every marksman will probably benefit regardless of their needs. Only ever go with a “canting-only” bipod if you’re sure you’ll only be using the model for target practice.
Don’t forget to consider how the bipod can be mounted on your rifle. Some bipods are extremely easy to mount and can be snapped on and off in an instant. These are great if you need to pursue an animal or if you want to remain mobile between rifle setup spots.
Alternatively, other bipod mounts may take a little more time to set up but might be a little more stable. It all depends on what you need and what a given model offers. You should also think about whether the bipod can fit your rifle type. Be sure to check the mounting specifications before purchasing to avoid any accidental mismatches.
Finally, consider the overall weight of a bipod. Some bipod will throw off your accuracy if they fold up into your rifle barrel and make the weapon heavier than you are used to. Others are exceptionally light and are easy to throw into a backpack if you need to chase after your prey.
Ideally, one of the above bipod models will be a perfect choice for your rifle and needs, whether it’s hunting or target shooting. But even if our favorites aren’t quite what you’re looking for, remember how we picked out our ideal bipods and use those factors to determine what’ll work best for you. Good hunting!