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Old 10-21-2011, 07:01 AM
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I tried to search to see if there's a topic on this forum page, but I guess I don't have enough seniority to use advanced search.

Anyway, curious about others experiences and thoughts with shooting sticks.
I find shooting off sticks to be a blast, and can often get better groups off the sticks than off a bench. Find this especially true with higher-powered rifles with recoil.
Even though everything is not as fixed as a bench, it's often more comfortable and natural (depending on the bench), and you tend not to tense up, so that you let the rifle recoil naturally.


These are the fancy 4'ers
Buffalo Arms - Product Detail - 48" Sitting Cross Sticks - $69.95
but they're also very versatile - you can spread them enough to sit on the ground, or raise them enough to shoot from a chair.
Even when they're planted in the ground, it's easy to adjust height - spread them to lower, or squeeze together to raise them.

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Old 10-21-2011, 03:24 PM
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I use a monopod style personally, because I stalk hunt mainly. Mono works good for me for hunting.
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I like and use shooting sticks alot. Since much of my hunting is on the prairie they seem to be the ticket when taking long shots with no available rest. Like you mentioned, I find them much handier than bi-pods and I seem to shoot better off of them too. I'm really surprised more shooters don't use them.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:04 AM
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The late Bob Faucett had a pretty good thread going about shooting sticks. It's mainly about making a pair, but it morphed and remained a very good thread. I made a set just like Bob said and they go everywhere with me when I'm shooting or hunting.

Here's the link:
Shooting sticks on the cheap.
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thanks for the link, just what I was looking for.
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I use a cane to keep my face out of the dirt but that doesn't work real well in the woods so I use a staff. The staff is my shooting stick with both rifles and handguns. When you get old and unsteady you grab every advantage you can.
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7/8ths by 3/4th poplar cross sticks with simple multiwrap of round shoestring make a light field and range device for me.
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I like and use shooting sticks alot. Since much of my hunting is on the prairie they seem to be the ticket when taking long shots with no available rest. Like you mentioned, I find them much handier than bi-pods and I seem to shoot better off of them too. I'm really surprised more shooters don't use them.
I also find them useful in the woods as possible rests are often not at the right place. I have used them not only for the bigger stuff including antelope, deer up to caribou, elk and moose, but also use them for smaller things like squirrel, woodchuck, and turkey.

A work of caution though, when you get back to your vehicle, don't lay them on the hood while stowing your other gear. If you forget about them and it starts to rain on the way home and you start your windshield wipers, they are likely to take the wipers with them as they fly off.
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