What were the downsides? We felt the sticks did take some getting used to, in being able to set up quickly for a snap shot. However they do offer the ability to shoot from a sitting or standing position. And finally and most importantly, as seen in the photos taken below from our field testing results- we found that at 50 yards the sticks were stable enough to shoot a consistent group from a standing position, but the further out the target was, the less accurate we became. In a nutshell it was harder to hold the cross hairs on the target the further out we shot and at 100 yards 50% of the shots were dead on and 50% of the shots were significantly off the mark, as seen below.
In conclusion, we felt that having the choice of using the BIPOD Shooting Sticks or not using anything else, using the shooting sticks is a much better option, especially since they are so light weight and compact. And in hunting situations of under 100 yards they are a great asset to have. However in long distance situations, from 200 – 300 yards we would recommend a more solid rest option for an accurate shot. We also felt that taking the time to practice using the BIPOD Shooting Sticks before a hunt is a must, to make sure you are comfortable using the product seamlessly when it counts!
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