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Not sure if this is in the right area but I am wanting to put a GOOD Bipod on my M1A and need some suggestions.
Looked at the cheap ones and figured buy once cry once, I know Harris are good but are their other suggestions and are there any suggestions for shooting off one besides leaning into it and preloading the legs, I am also looking at putting a mono pod on the back side as well

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I went with the GG&G (1245) Heavy Duty swivel bipod to use on the JAE stock on the build I am working on. For a monopod I went with the Accushot BT12-QK PRM. After research and talking with Lisa at JAE they floated to the top for my needs.
 

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what type of stock are you using? I like the harris pods simple and light. As far as mono pods accushot makes one that might work for you.
 

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Get a Harris. It just makes sense. They are good, they are a staple (and stable) and they are not overtly expensive.
 

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I have a Harris and it's a good piece of equipment. I have also shot with a GG&G and I like the stability a lot, it's also a great looking unit. I may go with the GG&G heavy duty in the near future since I get a little less bounce off the bench with it.
 

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Get a harris when shooting it use a slight forward pressure on the
legs of the bipod due this and it will help your groups......
 

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looks like it may be a Harris as the GG&G and the Atlas one's are almost 2 Bill's
 

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Have a Harris. Put a Pod Loc on it, and ARMS QD mount, and even splurged for the Phoenix Tactical claws. Ended up way too high and heavy. The claws and the ARMs both raise it more than an inch each. Getting ready to sell it to pay for an Atlas- all that but much lower and 10.5 ozs. Seems to be the cats meow. I really dig the 45 degree forward and backward legs you can load up. Forward to keep it low prone and backward for odd angles (dont shoot off rooftops but but will double on a hunting rifle for a sheep hunt). 6 week wait though so let you know in 2011 what I think!

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I use a Harris model # HBRS bipod on mine. This model gives you 6" to 9" lenght adjustment and it swivels. I like to keep the rifle as low as I can go when in prone. Also, I wouldn't fool with a monopod on the back end. I have used them in the past and they usually were more a pain in the arse than functional. I use TAB Gear rear bags which have worked well for me for several years now.
 

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pods

Do yourself a favor, or your pocket book, I have Harris, Winchester, M2's and as for me, these are no different than I can see from a Harris , just cheaper,

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=912431

I have one already and will be buying four more soon. Before the word gets out how good they are. Even winchesters are not as nice with no leg notches or spring loading,... and cost 45 bucks.
 

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Preloading the legs mean you lean into the butt stock and put some forward tension on them
 

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Thanks, Panther308.

So to say "leaning into it" means the same as "preloading the legs"? I guess I just misread it. Thanks for your time and patience.

Warmest regards,
Rob
 

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They are the same. Just besure that when you lean into it that the legs get preloaded, that the whole setup doesn't just slide forward.
 

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Harris or GG&G.

The Harris can be adapted with a Pod-Loc and Pod Claws, the GG&G can not.

The Pod-Claws are nice, especially for prone, in dirt.

Here's a link:

http://www.phoenixtactical.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&zenid=1g3a9sfur682j1uomval4r2tf0

Fulton Armory offers a replacement front swivel with an integral rail. This is a nice accessory when using an ARMS # 32 mount on a Harris pod.

Here's ARMS' link for the Harris mount:

http://www.armsmounts.com/default.asp?mode=products&sub=mounts&id=[hsh]32

I have this exact setup on one of my Ted Brown built Heavy Pattern rifles, and it works exceptionally well when shooting prone.

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I bought a Caldwell thinking it was as good as a Harris. I was very wrong. That Caldwell bipod was very flimsy and the legs would not hold. Maybe the notched legs are a little better though. Plus notched legs are easier to adjust.
 

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I bought a Caldwell thinking it was as good as a Harris. I was very wrong. That Caldwell bipod was very flimsy and the legs would not hold. Maybe the notched legs are a little better though. Plus notched legs are easier to adjust.
I cheaped out and got one of these as it looked like it would hold up, well a few trips to the range and I gave it away to the RSO to either use himself or to give it to somebody.
I am going to save my $$$ for a GG&G or Atlas and be done
 

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Before modding your M1A or spending the extra $$$$ for a quality BiPod system...try some "Off the Bag" Benchrest shooting.
I found the platform, while excellent for a semi-automatic .308 Battlerifle..SUCKED as a precision, sub-moa platform compared to a much cheaper and better performing Rem 700.

I am NOT knocking the platform at all. Just adding a little bit of reality to avoid possible disappointed and wasted $$$$$.

Just don't expect a bipod...mounting studs/ pre-loading legs to get on the way of the reality that a standard-stocked M1A/M14 using Mil-Spec ammo was made to shoot about 1-1/2 MOA no matter who's pulling the trigger.

I may get flamed, but unless the BiPod is part of an extensive bedded/modded platform that's been fully optimized, loaded with match grade ammo tuned to your specific rifle, fired under optimum conditions, you may not get improved groups using the Bipod alone. ..imho.

It's definitely worth the fun of trying to find out. Maybe you'll get lucky on the first try.
 

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It's true that it takes a bit of work to reach 1 inch groups with an M1A, non-bedded, but it can be done. With the right set up a Harris will do it and so will a GG&G. Been there and done that with both of these bipods. Currently I use the GG&G heavy duty because on my rifle I get less bounce off the bench with it.
 

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>drshame - ya know all this stuff is gun porn for us. :) You are very correct- but we still like to bench race and help a guy out when asking.

And I am usually that guy asking- I just went with the GG&G HD- I have a Versa Pod bottom rail sling mount for it. The real reason for the GG&G was the Cant ability. The locking knob on it is fantastic and holds real well to how you can set your "cant" if needed.
Making sure your rifle is level is very important if you plan on pushing past 800yrds...

My goal is to hit a 12 inch target 1 mile away- again that is my goal. :)
 
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