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Old February 18, 2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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Bipod mount without a rail

Hey there, I just got a Ruger American and I want to put a bipod on it. Are there bipods that attach to the sling mount and still allow a sling to be mounted? If not, what would you guys recommend for attaching a bipod to a Ruger American? Thanks!
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Old February 18, 2013, 11:05 PM   #2
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Take a look at Harris bipods.
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Old February 18, 2013, 11:38 PM   #3
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I picked one up at the LGS here. It is a Champion #40853. It hooks to the sling mount and still lets you hook a sling under it.
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Old February 19, 2013, 12:20 AM   #4
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Diggin' that champion, thanks! The Harris's look nice, but pricy.
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Old February 19, 2013, 02:05 AM   #5
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Harris is to bipods what Colt is to ARs; the standard. It is a tad pricey, but if you are going to be shooting the gun more than just a couple of times a year, it is worth it.

The main question is, what height you should get. What will you be using the bipod for? Bench shooting, prone shooting? Awkward terrain shooting?
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Old February 19, 2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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F Class shooters like the Sinclair 3rd Generation bipod, but it is for prone and bench use and very pricy ($150 to $250 depending upon whether you want the azimuth adjusting knob).

The F-Class bipod is the steadiest bipod that I have ever used.

I also have used a Harris for several years on a number of different rifles and it is probably the best bipod in its class.

I have only one rifle, my old Model 70 Winchester, that won't connect the F-Class bipod because of the M70 front sling connector. The M70 has an arched metal band to connect a sling to instead of a proper swing swivel and I don't intend to mess up a super grade stock replacing the sling connect into a swing swivel. The Harris bipod works fine with the M70.

I would recommend that you don't skimp on the bipod you choose because of price unless you only have one rifle and it will be mounted on it all the time.
Sharing a bipod among multiple rifles really exercises the mounting mechanism and that is one of the weaknesses of the low priced versions IMO.
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Old February 19, 2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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If you think Harris is expensive you should look at Parker Hale bi-pods, which are considered one of the best tactical bi-pods. I find the Champion bi-pods aren't horrible but they don't always hold up to recoil of large caliber magnums, and the legs will collapse if extended under recoil. However for my rifles up to .30-06 they hold up just fine.
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Old February 19, 2013, 12:04 PM   #8
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If you're a woodchuck'll need a long legged bipod, inorder to shoot over tall grass.

For target shooting...I like my first generation Sinclair F-Class bipod --- but I'd be better off with the third generation.

The bipod is more accurate with the bipod feet mounted on a soft surface --- such as soft dirt or sand. With the bipod mounted on a hard surface... the POI will tend to move higher.

When shooting...push the rifle forward to set tension on the bipod feet.

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