I have hunted using both backpacks and I pods, along with hay bales, trees and whatever else; but now I pretty much exclusively use a bipod because they are very quick to deploy and if you get a good quality one they are very sturdy. However they do add weight to your rifle and can beat it up a bit. I think it’s mostly just a matter of personal preference.
Once you have realized that your shooting hobby is getting too expensive, it’s too late to do anything about it; and why would you want to anyway?
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This is worth a watch.
I have this DVD series. It has been taught in US Sniper schools by Todd Hoddnett for a few years, but it is worth learning how to load a bipod.
Another well known shooting instructor on bipods.
This one is Australian, and he is another well known long range shooter.
I would use a bipod, have a rear bag, and have the ability to dial.
If you are going to Schweiz or Austria, then it probably doesn't matter and they won't want you hunting with a sniper rifle anyway.
If you are going to Mongolia or Tajikaistan or something like that then they will be used to it.
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JMO, but guys worry way too much about bipod loading and not enough about wind. This video has half the views that the first mentioned above:
I totally agree with this guy except the piece about determining the wind direction; mirage gives you a composite picture of the wind. It might be 10 from 45 deg, but it will look more like 7 mph.
The way he characterizes wind speed via mirage image pretty much matches my experience.
Don't Ever Book a Hunt with Jeff Blair
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I use Shooting sticks made from fiberglass electric fence "poles." They are long enough uncut to use as a walking stick, about waist high, if needed and I need them from time to time, especially in the rough country, high or low. I use the Castration rubber bands, tough and strong, to bind them together and thus can be rolled up or down to make the X happen. The poles can be reversed for a quick change or just spread the "feet" wider to lower. All in all, a bi-pod of sorts that is a benefit to me while hunting and shooting. 95% of all shots I would take are covered by sitting with these sticks. I also carry a pack most times and would choose that on a cross canyon Long shot where prone works. Most of my hunting, prone is rarely possible.
Having said all that, I recently had a chance to shoot a buddy's HB 223 AR at plates using an attached Bi-pod. Worked very well putting rounds on a 3" plate at 300 yards. I guess the decision for me takes into account the whole hunting experience and what works for me as described above.
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