A steady shooting position will always produce an accurate rifle shot as long as the shooter does their part. A high-quality bipod can create that steady shooting position and be an asset during your hunt.
The saying that you get what you pay for holds true to bipods as well. You don’t necessarily have to pay for a top-of-the-line bipod, but the bipod you do select must have some key features, be made of good quality materials, and be robust.
When looking to purchase rifle accessories such as a bipod, there are three key features to be aware of.
Best Lightweight Bipods For Hunting Rifles
|Caldwell XLA PIC Rail Bipod|
|Caldwell XLA Pivot Bipod|
|Caldwell XLA M Lok & Keymod Bipod|
3 Key Features Lightweight Bipods MUST Have
The best bipods also allow for the legs to be adjusted individually, not just in length, but in direction. You may be shooting from an awkward position that could be made more stable if the legs could be adjusted for height individually.
In some instances, loading the bipod is easier and can be more consistent if the bipod legs are not vertical but are angled slightly forward and down, toward the supporting surface.
There are certain techniques you can use to ‘load" a bipod, but for the sake of this article, we’re more concerned with the bipods having the ability to be adjusted height-wise to accommodate your shooting position.
The next thing a high-quality rifle bipod will offer is cant, which is the ability to slightly tilt your rifle from one side to the other without adjusting the bipod legs.
Your shooting position may be on a slope that requires you to make one bipod leg longer than the other, but for the precise leveling of the rifle before the shot, it’s much easier if the bipod has a cant feature built-in.
Optimally, once the correct cant/balance is achieved, the bipod should offer the option of being locked into position until you’re done shooting.
Bipod attachment deserves some thought as well, especially if you want to run the same style bipod on different platforms. The standard method for traditional bolt action rifles has been to secure it to the sling swivel stud.
Some type of rail system attachment is best for higher-end long-range precision guns and AR-15-style rifles. Some rifles will have M-Lok, Key-Mod, or Picatinny rails, to facilitate bipod attachment. Caldwell offers a Pic Rail Adaptor Plate so you can run either the standard sling swivel stud attachment or pic rail attachment.
Which Model Should I Buy, the Fixed or Pivot Bipod?
This is a tough question to answer for every hunter, but some things to keep in mind are the purpose of using a bipod and the environment that you’re shooting in. For example, if you’re hunting, I’d always go with a bipod that can pivot/cant because animals never stay in one spot.
A pivot bracket allows you to slightly move your rifle from side to side without lifting or exposing yourself to the prey. As we all know, deer have incredible survival instincts and the slightest movements can cause a deer to bug out or hit their infamous " I see you" bark.