Tripods: Where have you been all my life.

20180916_14533320180916_14502820180916_15592320180916_15590320180916_16032220180916_160334I wanted to try a tripod set up for awhile now but something else always came up.  But then the freaking EE on the Hide got me again.  A complete custom cerakoted Manfrotto set up: aluminum tripod with custom shortened stem, two Manfrotto ball heads, a Gen 7 Hog Saddle and a Sunrise Tactical Gear carry case in MC.

The guy gave me such a good deal that this was the opportunity to try one.  So glad I did.  I'm going to bring this to the CBS to give it a whirl.And since I am a very....very poor judge of distance, this Vectronix PLRF-15C is a BEAST.  All I need is a $4500 spotting scope and a $2500 Trimble and I'm done.  Bwhahahhah.   Lol20180916_16043720180916_16045620180916_160504

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Ok.  My phone fucked up the order.  Sorry.

SAC .223

PGW TIMBERWOLF. 338LM

SURGEON SCALPEL. 308

PGW COYOTE 6.5CM

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There are days when I'm glad I only have a 100yd range to shoot at when I see all the money I'm saving.

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That SAC is a beautiful fucking gun in person. The trigger is disgustingly nice. It will ruin you....

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Damn. I say, Damn.

This is Lightfighter of old. A prominent member just drops a handful of pictures of personally owned  rifles and equipment whose combined value equals the entire GDP of six African countries. And does it all in a offhand manner like it means nothing.

Well played. 

 

I go thrift-storing once a week with my wife, and have found a bunch of treasures over the years.    There are always those el-cheapo tripod for uber-light duty at the stores, usually for less than $10.   Every once in awhile I see those professional grade heavy duty ones, probably for those old fashioned video cameras the TV stations use.  Heavier than the cheap ones, but able to withstand the recoil/weight of a rifle.  Those usually go for about $20-30.  

 My son and I were talking about them a few months ago, and may--just maybe-  I might grab the next one and adapt it to rifle use.  

( After my elbow surgery....)

  Is a simple "cradle" the most common method of actually holding the rifle?  That would be easy to make. 

 

WyattT posted:

They are pristine and unused too so one day when they are in the hesm someone else will get to love them. 

You gotta sign yourself up for a rifles only or accuracy first class and go shoot them...

Andddddddd....we're off. 

1.  I will either burn them or use them as tomato stakes in my garden before I sell them here.  Because I can.

2.  I am surprised that on LF we still consider "pristine" as unused.  Arfcom, sure, here, not so much.  As we know, I am not issued my guns.  I must buy them.  This is my only hobby and since I have skin in the game, I don't fuck them up intentionally and get pissed when I do unintentionally. 

     The Surgeon has 4000 rds thru it but you can't tell by looking at it because yes, I baby it.  Give me a ball peen hammer, a file, a screwdriver and 15 minutes and I'll make a new AI look like it was found on a mountain top in Afghanistan 10 years after it was lost yet a round never past its crown.  In sum, looks don't amount to shit.

      The SAC was used by a whole crew at the last shoot up here.  Amazing little rifle.  I am just glad that High Exposure had the self control not to wing it down the asphalt range like a spear to prove it was used.

     The PGWs are new though, I will give you that.  My daughter wants a badminton net put up in the yard so I might drive them barrel first into the dirt so she can tie onto them.  We'll see, the day is young.

   Rifles Only and Accuracy 1st are excellent courses for sure.  Since I am but a small state's attorney; a man of simple tastes and wants, if you can spring for an all expenses paid round trip to either...or better, both....I would be most grateful.   See, I have a horse to support now, so my class budget in quite limited. 

However, thank God for SIG Academy in NH....you know, the place where I do take classes on how to...I dunno...shoot my collectables.  It's only a few hours drive and is quite the place.  Because I like you, if you really do want to see me use my stuff more,  I'll send you the list of courses I still need to take.  Since I don't have to stay there, it will be quite a bit less expensive for you while still a great LF gesture on your part.  I'll send you a PM with my address for the check(s).

 

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It’s a sad state of affairs when one has beautiful guns they barely get to shoot. I have some things that fall into this category. 

 

I got an accuracy first dvd you can have if you want it, I offered it to a young marine but the dingus forgot to give me his address.

Consigliere posted:

However, thank God for SIG Academy in NH....you know, the place where I do take classes on how to...I dunno...shoot my collectables.  It's only a few hours drive and is quite the place.  Because I like you, if you really do want to see me use my stuff more,  I'll send you the list of courses I still need to take.  Since I don't have to stay there, it will be quite a bit less expensive for you while still a great LF gesture on your part.  I'll send you a PM with my address for the check(s).

 

 

How interesting that Sig Academy is a 45-60 minute drive from me, depending on what level I exceed the speed limit at.  

 

I too have discovered tripods recently, and while the firearms I put on top of mine probably don't add up to the cost of ONE of those things in the photos, I am a convert. 

 

 

 

 

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Malpaso posted:

There are days when I'm glad I only have a 100yd range to shoot at when I see all the money I'm saving.

That is one of the cool things about shooting, you can pick your poison.

Speed, or pure mechanical accuracy, field, precision, practical, etc.

Now about that saving money part, please clue me into that secret.

Very cool gear. I found a 5 dollar, fairly heavy duty tripod at the thrift store. Added a bracket, some iso mat and 100mph tape, and now I've got a cool rifle rest too.

Which is just a hold over until I save up for a Pig Saddle and one of their tripods.

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The real game changer is when you can direct connect the ball head to gun an eliminate slop between the hog saddle and stock. I  run a RRS ball head on Feisol tripod.  Arca plates or cuts on all my long guns. Basically like shooting prone all the time. 

I'm contemplating on a RRS setup...which will happen once I figure out the in's and out's of their models.   Hoping to convert everything over to Arca.  For now I've got a bastard setup Manfrotto/APO or Manfrotto/HogSaddle.

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RRS definitely has the best ball heads, but their tripods are way overpriced. Feisol does 95% of the RRS bur for ~30% of the cost. I got the 2nd tallest model and am very happy; and had $600 left for bullets. Its rated for 55lbs, more gun than i will ever put on it. 

I don' t have the budget for the RRS level tripod.   So, I bought the PIG 0311 and a Hog saddle, as they are (advertised) as being in use by some people who should know.   They were very responsive to emails and give a good guy price.    I don't shoot PRS, and will mostly use it for hunting (coyote and deer sniping) and shooting steel out to 600 yards.   I wanted a "saddle" and I plan on using various rifles with it.   I'm just starting out with tripods and this is my first experience with them, so take all with a grain of salt.  

Last Friday I was able to get out to the range and first set it up with a chair seated position.  From there I was able to make a cold bore hit just below center on an 8" plate at 400 yards.    From the seated position, I found it pretty easy to keep on a 2 moa target out to 400 yards, and on a half size IPSC at 538 yards.     I was not as stable from the standing position, but was able to keep most shots on a 2 moa target at 200, with a little more effort.  

Without the ball head, I'm still able to pan.  Tilt comes from loosening the Hog saddle.   It definitely isn't as quick as a ball head, but I'm hoping more stable.  

It's definitely heavier than some tripods out there, and the aluminum legs are going to be cold in the winter, but it seems to be a good value so far.  

 

 

 

 

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Jay Smith posted:

 

It's definitely heavier than some tripods out there, and the aluminum legs are going to be cold in the winter, but it seems to be a good value so far.  

  

Better to hunt with what you got that hunt without.

Use some of that camoflage kerlix gauzey self adhesive tape that sticks to itself to wrap your legs, plus it gives them some padding. Some folks even use pipe insulation material on the legs and then wrap that for a really comfy snuggle up tripod.

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Use some of that camoflage kerlix gauzey self adhesive tape that sticks to itself to wrap your legs, plus it gives them some padding. Some folks even use pipe insulation material on the legs and then wrap that for a really comfy snuggle up tripod.

For winter (5-6 months a year lately, global warming...), I use the $3 / roll white athletic joint wrap from Walmart pharmacy first aid section rather than the $15 / roll Camo wrap on my rifle, so it should work on the top leg of the tripod. 

It’s not as sticky, but the white tape found next to it helps secure it and can also do spots you can’t wrap.   As it gets dirty works even better.  

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Jay Smith posted:
 

 

Use some of that camoflage kerlix gauzey self adhesive tape that sticks to itself to wrap your legs, plus it gives them some padding. Some folks even use pipe insulation material on the legs and then wrap that for a really comfy snuggle up tripod.

For winter (5-6 months a year lately, global warming...), I use the $3 / roll white athletic joint wrap from Walmart pharmacy first aid section rather than the $15 / roll Camo wrap on my rifle, so it should work on the top leg of the tripod. 

It’s not as sticky, but the white tape found next to it helps secure it and can also do spots you can’t wrap.   As it gets dirty works even better.  

Yeah I snagged a couple rolls of BENGAL TIGER GAYNESS from a nurse who said nobody liked it and they were gonna chuck it.  It helps break things up and still look NOT like a deer or ELK so some other near sighted twitchy FUDD doesn't wing me with a hollow point 88 Magnum at 10,000+ feet in on some dirt path miles in miles from even a fire road in back-country-stan Oootah.

One can through a pine bough down just to break it up too or lay out some of that scrim webbing in rocky areas.

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I got a Gitzo (manfrotto) carbon fibre tripod from a sniper buddy, and put on a sunwayfoto ball head and a PIG saddle as my hunting setup for sit and watch shooting and dawn and dusk. So far im rather pleased with it, but I need lots more time with it to really shake it out and learn what it can/cant do.

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Jay Smith posted:
 

 

Use some of that camoflage kerlix gauzey self adhesive tape that sticks to itself to wrap your legs, plus it gives them some padding. Some folks even use pipe insulation material on the legs and then wrap that for a really comfy snuggle up tripod.

For winter (5-6 months a year lately, global warming...), I use the $3 / roll white athletic joint wrap from Walmart pharmacy first aid section rather than the $15 / roll Camo wrap on my rifle, so it should work on the top leg of the tripod. 

It’s not as sticky, but the white tape found next to it helps secure it and can also do spots you can’t wrap.   As it gets dirty works even better.  

The vet wrap for horses legs works well for this, I've used the white on rifles in the winter.  You can get it at farm stores and it does come in other colors. 

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BobM posted:
Jay Smith posted:
 

 

Use some of that camoflage kerlix gauzey self adhesive tape that sticks to itself to wrap your legs, plus it gives them some padding. Some folks even use pipe insulation material on the legs and then wrap that for a really comfy snuggle up tripod.

For winter (5-6 months a year lately, global warming...), I use the $3 / roll white athletic joint wrap from Walmart pharmacy first aid section rather than the $15 / roll Camo wrap on my rifle, so it should work on the top leg of the tripod. 

It’s not as sticky, but the white tape found next to it helps secure it and can also do spots you can’t wrap.   As it gets dirty works even better.  

The vet wrap for horses legs works well for this, I've used the white on rifles in the winter.  You can get it at farm stores and it does come in other colors. 

the camoform tape in Marpat/Multicam/realtree or whatever when wrapped in reverse works really well as winter camo tape too. lighter, but not solid glowing white. Its more expensive, but dual purpose depending on season or conditions.

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diablodawg posted:

The real game changer is when you can direct connect the ball head to gun an eliminate slop between the hog saddle and stock. I  run a RRS ball head on Feisol tripod.  Arca plates or cuts on all my long guns. Basically like shooting prone all the time. 

Can you show me an example and how it works?   Thanks.

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http://www.reallyrightstuff.co...tro-to-rrs-qr-system 

Describes it pretty well. Arca is a long used system for photography, so lots of options on amazon. I bought a 12" section for like $15; plus some extra screws on a KMR handguard. 

 A more expensive and refined version for more money: 

http://www.area419.com/product...ry/accessories/arca/

RRS and 419 have adapters that hook up bipods to Arca- allowing you to quickly slide the bipod back to take advantage of short supports. Bipod all the way back + bag under pistol grip = stability off short supports. 

Some chassis offer Arca cuts machined into the forend. I have an XLR and MPA, both with cuts. 

https://xlrindustries.com/products/envy-chassis

Geisselle just came out with a AR15 handguard with integrated Arca; as soon as they offer a large frame size, I'll buy one. 

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