Hey there hunters and welcome to my post where we will check out my three best hunting bipods to hold your aim steady with this year. As we know, rifle stability is one crucial aspect of successful hunting making bipods a necessary addition to your hunting arsenal.
But of course, there are a good number of options out there to choose from. So to help you out I have had a look around and come up with three decent options below.
Let’s check them out…
My three recommended hunting bipods
I will review these in more detail below however if you just want to get moving without all the carry-on, my recommended products are listed here for your convenience:
What are hunting bipods?
A hunting bipod is an accessory that helps stabilize a hunting rifle. They are attached directly to a gun, providing the shooter a comfortable setup which is necessary for a successful shot. Aside from functioning as a stand, some bipods are equipped with adjustable legs that will accommodate any type of situation with others also able to handle other rifle accessories such as a Picatinny rail as well.
A bipod can also be very useful for stalking hunters as they allow you to rest your arms, improve your precision and take precise and humane shots on target.
What should you be looking for?
The following factors should be considered as you look around for a good bipod for your hunting needs.
- Attachment methods
- Construction materials
- Panning and canting
Hunting rifle bipods are available in a number of variations as below:
- Traditional: This is the most common type and is what many hunters think of when they hear the phrase “rifle bipod.” A traditional bipod is characterized by a two-legged stand that holds your rifle aloft. The bipod can be folded down when not in use and for portability’s sake.
- Rifle grip pod: The second type combines a foregrip and bipod. While moving, you can hold on to the foregrip section of the equipment then when you need to hunker down and get into shooting position, a small bipod at the bottom of the grip will keep your rifle stable. This design enables the shooter to quickly transition from a static shooting position (proning) to a mobile shooting one.
- Shooting monopod: A rifle monopod is a walking stick onto which you can mount your rifle. Unlike a foldable quick detach bipod, a monopod is not integrated into your rifle and must be carried separately. A monopod has the advantage of being very quick and maneuverable however it will not assist you in obtaining a precise shot.
The height from which you usually shoot (in other words, your body position) and the type of gun you use should be the primary factors in determining the bipod’s height you aim to purchase. When determining the best bipod height for you, the length of the gun’s magazine is sometimes the most crucial factor.
Just like the types of rifle hunting bipod, there are three common bipods out there in terms of height:
- 6 to 9-inch bipod: This is the most common height range for bipods and is most commonly used by shooters and hunters. It provides maximum stability while requiring the least ground clearance for proper positioning behind your weapon.
- 9 to 15-inch bipod: You can comfortably use an AR-style rifle and its magazine for this type of bipod height. However, you would have to compromise stability slightly. If you choose a bipod with this length for your AR rifle, ensure it is lightweight because adding weight will make it more challenging to balance.
- 15 to 30-inch bipod: This bipod height is ideal for any uncomfortable situation, such as thick grass fields, uneven terrain, snow or even from within a shelter. Similar bipods are ideal for hunters in densely forested or mountainous terrain.
There are several ways to connect your weapon to your bipod with the simplest and most common method being to use the rifle’s Picatinny rail. Others attach to your rifle’s sling stud with many including a Picatinny adapter attachment to make them Picatinny-compatible.
In terms of advantages and disadvantages, the pic rail system will undoubtedly be faster and easier to use than the sling swivel attachment process, which will require some practice. However, both bipod-rifle connections are stable.
Most bipods on the market today are made of aluminum and polymer. Aluminum has the advantages of being rust-resistant, long-lasting, and lightweight. Polymer-made bipods are also very light, but they fall short in terms of durability and rigidity. Aircraft-grade aluminum models however are a better option for heavier rifles.
Carbon fiber is a third, less common material. It has all of the structural advantages of aluminum but is lighter and when combined with a steel mainframe results in a lightweight and rigidity-balanced bipod.
Panning and canting
In short, panning and canting refer to the bipod’s ability to move up, down, left, and right. Panning refers to your bipod’s ability to swivel on the horizontal plane and is critical for shooters aiming at moving targets who want to track their shot or follow their target to a better shooting location.
Modern bipods can also move in the vertical plane which is known as canting. In shopping for hunting rifle bipods, ensure that the product provides excellent panning and canting capability.
Other potential additions include:
- Adjustable leg: Changing your leg position according to your target makes shooting or hunting more convenient.
- Rubber leg pads: These parts help keep the rifle to stay as it is, reinforcing an accurate shot.
- Spring tension control: This system helps deploy the legs with ease.
My three recommendations broken down
So based on the information above and my own experience, I recommend the following options:
1. CVLIFE Rifle Bipod
This first option is carbon fiber constructed with high & low temperature and corrosion resistance for use in any environment. See its specifications below:
- Brand: CVLIFE
- Height: 6 to 9 inches
- Construction materials: Carbon fiber
- Weight: 0.82 pounds
- Rubberized feet pads
- Foldable legs
- Spring tension control
- Picatinny adapter
Why have I chosen it?
This rifle bipod allows you to adjust the leg length from six to nine inches to accommodate different configurations and terrains with rubber foot pads that are shockproof and anti-skid. Furthermore, the strong leg springs allow for silent folding, allowing you to make as little noise as possible while hunting.
2. Caldwell XLA Pivot Bipod
My second hunting bipod is lightweight and made from sturdy material for long lasting use. The legs fold for easy transport and deployment for movement heavy or prone shooting. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Caldwell
- Height: 6 to 9 inches
- Construction materials: Aluminum
- Weight: 2.20 pounds
Other inclusions it has:
- 18 degree bi-directional cant
- Soft rubber feet
- Adjustable legs
- Ease of attachment
Why have I chosen this?
This option comes in both black and camo finishes and is lightweight, making it ideal for hunting on the go. The bipod comprises collapsible aluminum legs with notches for easy height adjustment and the feet have rubber soles for a secure grip on the surface where the bipod is placed. You can also choose four height options to ensure you always have a perfect shot.
3. Magpul Bipod for Hunting and Shooting
My final hunting bipod is engineered to give the hunter stability and precision to make the winning shot. And for great shot setup the leg extensions slide and lock securely with the push of a button on any of the seven half-inch spaced locking detents as well. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Magpul
- Height: 6 to 10 inches
- Construction materials: Strengthened metal
- Weight: 0.68 pounds
Other inclusions it has:
- Spring-tensioned legs
- Non-slip feet
- Adjustable leg height
- 50 degrees of total tilt and 40 degrees of total pan
- Glove-friendly knurled tool-less bipod locking knob
Why have I chosen this?
Because of its rugged, high-strength materials and durable design, this bipod is exceptionally strong and functions under harsh all-weather conditions. It has an aesthetically pleasing, low-profile design that conceals its hardware and mechanisms, resulting in no snags or bumps that cause disruptions.
It comes with four mounting options with a setup that makes it extremely simple to mount to your rifle, regardless of what and where you are shooting.
There you have it, my three best hunting bipods to assist you in your hunting shots. I would be pleased to know how this article helped you, and as usual, let me know of your experiences with them.
Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections, or would like me to check anything else out for you.
Until next time.