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Bipod or bag for bull barrel 10/22 shooting?

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  1. docohm

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    I'm building up a Brownells BRN-22 target rifle just for fun. It's a Ruger 10/22 clone (see the link below if you want to know more about the BRN-22). I've ordered a 0.920" bull barrel for it. For bench shooting would it be more accurate to use a bipod or shoot from a bag?

    https://www.brownells.com/rifle-par...ped-receiver-for-ruger-10-22--prod116208.aspx
     
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    I think if you wanna shoot one target from the bench, it's hard to beat a good bag that will cradle your rifle. One of those you sandwich it in. If you want quicker mobility to shoot multiple targets, I'd go with a bipod. This is my opinion/preference and doesn't require the express written consent of the NFL or anything else along those lines.
     
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    I have this. one side holds a skinny forearm and when you flip it over it holds a rifle stock that is thicker.
    Put another bag at the stock to allow for a rock solid mount.


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    Yup, I have one of those too plus a set of smaller bags to hold the stock butt firmly in place. I've used those several times on other rifles. I've never used a bipod, I didn't know if that would be better but it sounds like the bag method is best.
    Thanks guys...


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    Some type of bag is certainly the way to go for optimum accuracy.
     
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    Here is what i found out shooting for ultimate tiny groups from a bench or top of a car or even on the ground.
    The forearm on most rifles are not wide enough to really hold ultimate steady even with a bag.
    This is very apparent when the winds pick up and blow you sideways.
    All my best groups and all my guns have improved with a bipod.

    Here is the kicker most of the time I have the bipod folded closed and rest that on the bag.
    This eliminates the rocking side to side and really makes the gun steady.

    A narrow and rounded bottom forearm really benefits from this.
    If your rifle forearm is wide (say 3") and flat the bipod will probably not be beneficial.

    And shooting with the bipod open gives me better groups than a bag if the forearm is narrow and rounded.
    1 other benefit to the bipod folded on a bag is the pressure point is always in the same spot on the forearm.

    If you do want best groups the bag should always be in the exact same spot. the hold on the rifle the same, shoulder pressure needs to be the same, cheek weld and same grip.

    That big bag posted above looks like it could eliminate a lot of the skinny forearm issues.
     
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    I always have bags packed away in the range bag, also always have a few bipod too in different lengths. I like the bags, but normally end up shooting off a bipod. Makes sense for me since I shoot a lot of different ranges. They don't always have tables, and learning on the run sucks.

    Why not get both.?
     
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