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The Ferguson Rifleman
01-21-2017, 08:27 AM
I've been thinking about them recently as I am considering a BPCR rifle; but I am beginning to wonder: if they work for the black powder geeks - and apparently they do... why not modern sport rifles too? Have any of you ever used them in the field? I have no experience with them whatsoever...

RangeBob
01-21-2017, 08:54 AM
There are several people who combine a walking stick with a standing shooting rest. A tree branch with a Y at one end is cheap.

Bass Pro sells
- Monopod shooting sticks
- Bipod shooting sticks
- Tripod shooting sticks
e.g.
http://1source.basspro.com/images/k2_images/shooting_stick.jpg
http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Monopod-Shooting-Stick/product/1306141002/

Here's a guy who uses walking poles (sort of like ski poles) and a twist tie.
http://andrewskurka.com/wp-content/uploads/sticks-and-rifle-615x771.jpg
http://andrewskurka.com/2014/myog-diy-hunting-shooting-sticks-bipod-trekking-poles/

Kneeling tripod.
https://stealthpodx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/rifle-tripod-shooting-rest-kneeling-SPX_tr.jpg
https://stealthpodx.com/about-the-inventor/

5 leg shooting rest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b0zKtALhPk

kennymo
01-21-2017, 08:56 AM
They're still used frequently by some African guides to aid their clients in longer standing shots. They usually have an extra man or two to carry a long set though.... Which is why I carry a collapsible monopod instead. It's sturdy enough to double as a walking stick, but sometimes you want the gun in your hands when you're walking about.

Cabelas had a short set of wooden cross sticks I considered picking up do a time. They would've been about kneeling height, the joint had a bolt through it, but there was a piece of surgical tubing (or some similar rubber product) spanning the top ends that formed a nice scratch free rifle rest when the sticks were opened. Wouldn't be too hard to rig something like that up at home in your own custom height....

Justice
01-21-2017, 12:12 PM
"...why not modern sport rifles..." They do. Wouldn't think of buying sticks though. Poplar saplings are free and you can cut 'em to size for you. Then lash 'em together with sisal string.