Custom Bipod Features

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I currently use a Harris bipod, and a machinist friend has offered to build me a custom bipod. After looking over many of the high-end bipods, I see there are a number of features to consider. Please offer your advise on both a key feature to incorporate and to avoid. For starters, my thoughts are
Incorporporate: Adjustable canting
Avoid: Slop (like with Harris spring action) that requires pre-loading
Who knows, if this works out well he may commercialize these for sale.
Thanks for your input.......Charlie
 

gstaylorg

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Here are some other features you might want to think about:

1) attachment: bolt-on, QD, etc.?
2) materials used and durability
3) weight: keeping it in the range of an Atlas V8 would be a benefit (ie. 1 lb or less)
4) speed/ease of deployment: simple and fast = better
5) type of feet

Of course these are just some suggestions and will really depend on what the intended use will be (general use, tactical/positional, F-Class, etc). Good luck with the project!
 
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Thks gs. The primary application is for F-Class. At this stage I like the functional workings of the Sinclair, but less bulky and lighter.
 

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If F-Class is the intended audience, then I'd drop most of my suggestions and keep it to only two: light weight and durable. Most of the sled-type bipods like the Sinclair and others weigh in at a minimum of ~1.5 lb. Some are well over 2 lb. When I look at the way those are constructed, I can't help but feel many are way over-engineered and much more complicated than necessary, which all adds up to extra weight. I personally don't want to use up any more than 1 lb to 1.5 lb as an absolute max for a bipod on my F-T/R rifles. I think if you focus your efforts with "lightweight" and "simple" in mind, you'll be able to come up with something good. Let us know how it comes along.
 
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I would say that you should use the best bipod that you can make weight with. I wouldn't worry about finding the lightest bipod unless you have a 16lb rig and need to make weight. I would say that the best bipods I would look at are the sinclair mod 3, center shot, and dublin.
 

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I have been using the Sinclair GenIII with adjustable elevation since it came out. While it is a good bipod, I'm still in search of something better. It has a little bit of wobble that I find annoying: will be giving the Duplin bipod a shot. I've also tried Censhot & Rempels. The Rempel is the best I"ve found yet: built like a tank with no wobble whatsoever. Unfortunately, it also weighs over 3 lbs. http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com/2011/04/equipment-canadian-f-class-bipod.html
 
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I have my general design concept finalized. The only adjustment will be both legs will be threaded for length and leveling, with a lock collar of course. Since this means each leg will rotate 360deg, I will experiment with a variety of ball shapes such that this is fully symmetrical regardless of orientation; the diameter and material will vary.
 
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The STar Shooter weighs in at 28oz

Scotthar
I have the Remple and like you say its heavy but there is non better made and solid to shoot off
I got a new last year Star shooter it weighs 28 0z lighter than the Sinclairs and its solid like remple and no movement like Sinclairs & carbon leg shafts don't flex like the Center shot you will not be disappointed with the Star Shooter
Just Google; Star shooter