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What size bipod to use on your hunting rifle

Rifle bipods come in many different shapes and sizes with pros and cons to each, but what you choose, ultimately comes down to a little personal preference and what terrain you are hunting in.

A quick summary of rifle bipods for different hunting situations:

What bipod height is idea for different hunting situations

Lorenzo Sartini shooting off a Rugged Ridge Outdoor Gear Extreme Bipod in 7-10" length. Photo credit: Brady Miller

6-9" bipods

  • Ideal for shooting in the prone position
  • The most stable bipod height
  • Not great when hunting in taller vegetation
  • Not ideal for shooting steep uphill shots

10-14" bipods

  • The best solution for varying hunting situations
  • You can shoot off your backpack if you need to get lower
  • Can shoot over tall grass/sagebrush
  • Potential to be less stable

12-27" bipods

  • Perfect for shooting while sitting down
  • Able to shoot over tall brush much easier
  • Too tall for shooting while laying down for most people
  • If you need to take a more stable shot, you can just lay the gun on a backpack
  • Not as stable due to the height
  • Better for taking steep uphill shots

Swivel vs. static

  • Able to adjust your bubble level easier on swivel bipods
  • If you are unlevel ground and don't have a swivel, you can just adjust one leg height

As always, let us know if you have any questions on what bipod would work best for you.

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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 7 months ago on 07-26-2019 10:17:38 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Austin - Happy to help. That is my gun in the video with the raised cheek piece. That one is the Karsten Cheek Rest. You can see an article I did on installing it here:

It's a pretty easy process once you get over the fear of drilling in your stock. But it's a solid system!

The other one I like and use on a different rifle is called a Triad Tactical Stock Pack. And basically straps on the stock of the rifle, and uses straps under the cheek rest to raise or lower it. You can see that one here:

Austin S. - posted 7 months ago on 07-25-2019 04:49:46 pm
Fort Worth, TX

is there a way to find out which cheek riser they are using on the Hell's Canyon? Thanks

SETH D. - posted 1 year ago on 11-02-2018 11:03:22 am
Sunny New Mexico

I also carry a heavy video camera tripod I can set my hog saddle on and pin my rifle down for those intermediate shots. I am not sure I would shoot an animal over 750 yards with it though.

Chris N.
Chris N. - posted 1 year ago on 10-30-2018 10:39:54 am
goHUNT Team

@Vance W. You make some great points! I also like to run the 9-13in bipod, it seems to be the most versatile for my needs. I totally agree with you on carrying small bags or at least something for rear support. It really makes a huge difference in accuracy, especially at longer distances.

Vance W. - posted 1 year ago on 10-24-2018 11:15:39 am
Anthem AZ

My father and I have been doing long range hunting for about 30 years on Coues deer. We have tried lots of different combinations of rests and bipods. We have evolved to keeping a 9in-13in bipod that can be set to swivel and then lock on our rifles. The 9-13 height is a light form factor, can cover almost all angles of shots, is handy to use as a gun rest to set the rifle on the ground, and the locking swivel allows the rifle to be leveled at the moment of truth. Obviously, we have levels on all our long range rifles. Put a usable level on your rifle if you’re shooting over 300 yards regularly at critters and learn to use it.

Hunting in the desert specifically I try to have a supported way to shoot 3 ways that I carry along with me; prone, sitting, and standing. I also carry a medium Phoenix shooting bag and their Tony Bag of Donuts bag to enhance stability when needed.

Lastly, we shoot regularly off these positions and resting device at extended ranges (farther than we’d shoot at a critter). Shooting long range steel is a lot of fun.