I used the search and was surprised that I didn't find this topic discussed already. I'm looking into picking one of these up. Anyone have any experience with them?
I have the MIL version called the HOG saddle extremely well made, tees up great with the Manfrotto tripod. The only observation I had was that it couldn't close on my Colt 901 due to the Magpul rail panels that made the forearm quite wide. Definitely worth the coin IMO.
I have the pig saddle on a bento tripod. Im liking it.
I have the PIG Saddle and have had it on a couple tripods as well as bolt guns and my LMT 308. Works fine so far.
PO Bird, Ive been thinking about one. There's some great info here.
I have been using the PRS saddles on the light Slik tripods for a couple of years. I thought I had shit figured out, and didn't see a reason for a pricey saddle like a Hog or Pig. Then Shadow2 gets a nice tripod and a pig. It is a night and day difference. I haven't used a Hog, but the Pig is good to go. I now feel the need for a very nice tripod and Pig or Hog saddle. I don't think you could be disappointed. I still like the PRS saddle, but it does not really compare to the Pig. Plus, the naming of the saddles is just classy as fuck.
Got one in a SLIK carbon fiber tripod. Well worth the money. Never used the HOG saddle, but the PIG allows me to do things I can't with the PRS saddle thing and a lighter tripod. There are trade-offs (bulk and weight), but this thing is super duper pooper well built. It gives me a lot of options I didn't have before.
i THINK it's the 824 pro cf - they don't make them anymore I dont think. The newer one is the 824 CFL with the locking legs. They lock better than the one I have, which twists. I don't like that feature, and have trying to talk my sister out of her manfrotto in trade.
I would guess he doesn't like the twist style.
I have a mefoto tripod with the twist lock legs. It's been relegated to spotter status. Picked up a benro with the regular clamp legs and I'm liking it much better.
I've used a buddy's HOG Saddle in a match in the worse rain you could imagine at Woody's in NC last year. It on a Manfrotto was the shat for shooting out of a vehicle. I was getting 500+ yard hits no problem. I liked it so much I ordered my own HOG last week and my CF Manfrotto will be here Wed.
I dislike the twist style. You can strip them if you are ham handed like me and over-tighten them.
I had a Manfrotto 322 and it did NOT work with a light CZ 455 (22lr trainer) or my pig of an AR10 (LMT MWS). I now use the 322 for the spotter/range finder.
I've since bought a Manfrotto 055 ball head. It's rated to 20+ pounds IIRC, and it so much more robust.
I have also found that using cheap shooting sticks (Primos steady sticks magnum) along with your hog/pig saddle can yield a very stable shooting platform . The sticks allow another point of contact right underneath the stock and really cut down on the last little bit of sway. My first time using the new ball head/pig saddle and steady sticks combo I made 3 first round/consecutive hits on a steel target at 700 yards from a kneeling position. The spotter said the hits were the size of a silver dollar.
I can not recommend that setup enough.
Never slips or slides, Virtually impossible to move, Faster into and out of, less weight, it Interchanges quickly with the spotter on the same Manfrotto. It grips the same in wet conditions. I can change my position/location rapidly and carry the tripod like a larger bipod connected to the weapon.