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#6646 - 08/09/12 06:54 AM Shooting Tripods? Need advice...
Lucks Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
Posts: 328
Loc: Central Texas
Next month I'll be shooting a match that I believe will be more of a "Field" type match. I was thinking that would mean that I should plan on bringing some shooting sticks or something similar.

Well, I suck with shooting sticks, so this got me to thinking about a shooting tripod.

Does anyone have any experience with tripods (or similar products) or advice on whether they would work well or even be allowed in a match?
Any advice would be appreciated...

Here's some I was looking at:

Precision Rifle Solutions
http://precisionriflesolutions.com/

Hog Saddle + Tripod
http://www.hogsaddle.com/index.html

Triclawps w/ tripod
http://www.triclawps.com/
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#6648 - 08/09/12 07:39 AM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
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Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 236
Loc: Dallas, TX
Adam, don't forget the Alamo Four Star DCLW, which is made right here in the Lone Star State!



remember the pics from Indianapolis PD SWAT using these during the last Super Bowl?




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#6649 - 08/09/12 07:46 AM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
223ai Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
Posts: 372
Loc: Texas
The hog saddle with a lightweight manfrotto is pretty tempting...
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#6651 - 08/09/12 08:43 AM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
MelC Offline
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Registered: 07/23/12
Posts: 19
Loc: DFW area
+1 for the Alamo Four Star. I use one and wouldn't want anything else.



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#6652 - 08/09/12 10:17 AM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
Berry Online   content
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Registered: 11/29/11
Posts: 1477
Loc: Huntsville, TX
I would really like to spend some time behind the DCLW and the hog saddle. They appear to accomplish the same thing, but the DCLW is half the cost.
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#6656 - 08/09/12 12:48 PM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Berry]
BMelick Offline
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Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 236
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: blklabs
I would really like to spend some time behind the DCLW and the hog saddle. They appear to accomplish the same thing, but the DCLW is half the cost.


I always have a DCLW with me at every match, so remind me to let you try/borrow it next time

here's a previous review I did on SH
http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2902083
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#6664 - 08/09/12 05:38 PM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
superde Offline
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Registered: 12/01/11
Posts: 692
Loc: Bryan, TX
I'm biased but, I've got the PRS and it works well, especially for hunting. Put the gun on the tripod, and backpack for the rear. Danel is a great guy, and is here in Texas as well.
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#6673 - 08/09/12 09:12 PM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
Wade Stuteville Offline
Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 125
Loc: Oklahoma
I have settled on a Manfrotto Pro55 carbon fiber tripod and a hog saddle direct attached with no head. Tried to use a head. Wanted to. Works better without.

Wade
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#6711 - 08/11/12 01:36 PM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
Barney88PDC Offline
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Registered: 05/24/12
Posts: 167
Loc: Cajun Country
Adam pay shipping and you can borrow my HOG Saddle head. I could send the tripod but it is not all that great. I am sure one you have would work.
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#9200 - 12/03/12 09:52 AM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
jcvibby Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 159
Loc: Jubilee Youth Ranch
I have the manfrotto 055 tripod. And the 054 magnesium ball head. And the hog saddle.

Pretty awesome set up. Here's my thoughts.

Heavy
Super stable if your setting up once and leaving it.
Hard to relocate to a different position
Can be used prone, sitting, kneeling, and standing. Pretty much just need to pull the trigger because its rock solid in any position. I would feel comfortable shooting moa out to about 700-800 yards in any position.

I may go lighter with quicker adjustments down the road. Something I can move I to different positions while at a match. But I'm still looking for that myself.

Hope this helps
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#9269 - 12/07/12 12:08 PM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
superde Offline
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Registered: 12/01/11
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Loc: Bryan, TX
I must need some schoolen on the hog saddle. I shot with it mounted to my Manfrotto and was high. I used the front of my sling to try to anchor it to the tripod leg to no avail.
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#9761 - 01/01/13 10:26 PM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
Trovan Offline
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Registered: 03/09/12
Posts: 3
Loc: Fleming Island, FL
I know a lot of people speak highly of the PRS but I have to say that I have been disappointed with it. Yes, it is good for casual shooting a the range or possibly hunting when you have time to set it up with no time constraints.

I used it at Steel Safari this past year and I had problems with it in the dusty dessert environment. Dust got on the legs and I had trouble extending them. While trying to extend the legs, I pulled 2 rubber feet off of them. Had to epoxy them on when I got home. (luckily I found them while policing brass) Also have trouble with the clips that snap in and out that allow the legs to expand to lay it flat. The clips get stuck and hard to pull out. All of this happened to me under time constraints in the match. Also had the saddle come unthreaded and fall off. Another shooter brought it too me as he saw it laying in the dirt. Learned you had better locktite it on. I also find it a little flimsy when fully extended.

Just my experience with it. Sorry.
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#15811 - 03/12/14 09:32 AM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
Joe_Walls Offline
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Registered: 01/21/12
Posts: 226
Loc: Elkton Florida
So I played with a manfrotto and pig saddle over the weekend.
It's was very nice and for kids hunting it seems like a must have for where we hunt. So I have a few question

Guys at the match preferred the pig saddle over the hog saddle, which saves you 200.00. That's cool. What's the main differences between the two besides price?

Also as far as tripods go, just night the bullet and get the manfrotto?

Any must have accessories?
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#15848 - 03/14/14 08:51 PM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
BreakBad Offline
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Registered: 04/20/13
Posts: 11
Loc: NW FL
HOG vs PIG, scroll down to bottom. I missed it the first time, thought it would be in the FAQ but its on the store page:

http://stores.hogsaddle.com/

Basically HOG is militarized, a bit lighter. But for hunting/sport, PIG looks to be the ticket.
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#15852 - 03/15/14 07:53 AM Re: Shooting Tripods? Need advice... [Re: Lucks]
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Registered: 11/29/11
Posts: 1477
Loc: Huntsville, TX
I like the manfrotto. I do have the joystick head which is 327rc2 and even though it says max weight is 12lbs, I have put the 223ai on there and banged steel. It works pretty good, but I am sure 468mg is the way to go if you really want a stable head, it supports 35lbs.
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