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    Bipod or sand bag?

    Just wondering what you guys/gals prefer shooting with while on a bench, a bipod or a sandbag?

    I went to the range today to see how well my Remington 700 Classic 280 Rem. shot 140 gr. Federal Fusion's. It was zeroed with Remington 140 gr. Core-Lokt's.

    With both loads I was shooting 2 to 2 1/2 inch groups shooting off my sandbags (w/small rear bag), which is extremely bad for this rifle. Then I put my short bipod on it and my groups were just a tad under an inch with the Fusion's. I never thought there'd be that much of a difference between a bipod and sandbags.

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    My preference is bipod up front and sandbag on the rear, in the prone. I can do so on a bench but prefer prone. YMMV

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    From the bench, for pure accuracy testing, sandbags front and rear. Once load development is done, bipod front and squeeze bag/pack rear for practice

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    I probably should've went into more detail regarding my rifle. As mentioned, it's a Remington 700 Classic. It came in a nice wood stock. Not wanting to mess the stock up and having had good luck with Bell and Carlson stocks (M40 stocks), I got a B&C Alaskan Sporter stock for this rifle. The new stock makes it a lot lighter then I'm used to and it's quite a bit narrower towards the front of the stock.

    When I got the new stock I bedded it from the rear tang to a little over an inch or so in front of the recoil lug. I free floated the barrel too, stock comes with pressure point bumps/tabs in the front of the stock. It still has the factory older style Remington trigger that I adjusted down to ±3 lbs. pull years ago. After switching stocks, I've had issues shooting it off a bench with sandbags.

    Obviously this isn't a precision rifle, it's a hunting rifle. However, I like my hunting bolt action rifles to shoot MOA or better. This one always did. Guess I'll just have to use the bipod at the range.

    Thanks, NYH1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pappabear View Post
    My preference is bipod up front and sandbag on the rear, in the prone. I can do so on a bench but prefer prone. YMMV

    PB
    That's my preference also. Legs with adjustment to get level if prone.

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    for my 308 chassis rifle
    I prefer sand bag on front and squeeze bag on rear when shooting from a bench
    Bipod on front and squeeze bag on rear when shooting prone

    for my 7mag hunting rifle just a sand bag on front from a bench. Trying to make practice as much like being in a deer stand as possible.
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    Bipod up front, squeeze or large bag rest in the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pappabear View Post
    My preference is bipod up front and sandbag on the rear, in the prone. I can do so on a bench but prefer prone. YMMV

    PB
    Also what I've been using, Harris bp up front, bag in the rear. Looking for a better bag so if anybody has suggestions, glad to hear them.

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    I hate EVERYTHING off the bench. I can never get comfortable.
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    When on a bench I like using a Caldwell shooting rest up front and a rear bag for my hunting rifles.
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