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Old 06-18-2008, 11:02 AM
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How about a nice pair of shooting sticks that cost near nothing to build?

Stuff you need:

Two 36 inch half inch dowels

1 10 to 12 inch piece of 1/2 inch inside diameter tubing.
Radiator hose, automotive water or fuel line or clear tubing at the hardware store works.

Two 2 inch deck screws.

Two 3/4 inch nails

Two 1/2 inch nails

Two cans of inexpensive spray paint, colors to your choice.

Here's the dowels and tubing. I found this re-inforced clear tubing at the local Tru-Value hardware store along with everything else on the list above. You can see where I marked the tubing to be cut. The reason for four dowels and two pieces of tubing is I made a pair for the Grand daughters.



Cut a notch out of the tubing in the middle about 2-2 1//2 inches long. Leave about half the thickness of the tubing in the middle.



Drill a small hole an inch deep in one end of each dowel for the deck screws.



Put the deck screws in so they have around an inch or so protruding. I left the heads on the deck screws, but you can cut them off and grind them to a point if you want. Leaving the heads on holds as well as a point and if you've got youngsters it won't stick them.



Slip the dowels into the tubing like this.



A couple of brads in the tubing keeps it from slipping. I put a 3/4 inch piece on the bottom with a couple of short brads just cause it looked neat.



Spray paint with a light base color then daubs of a darker on top and your done. There's no need for a pivot point on these and just adjusting the leg width on the ground you can adjust the hight. Great sitdown shooting sticks for just a few bucks.

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Old 06-18-2008, 12:35 PM
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So... when did you see me at the range with my shooting sticks and decide to steal my idea and claim it as your own??? :-) :-)
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Old 06-18-2008, 03:53 PM
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I was wondering who that was. They say emulation is the greatest form of flattery, but I was smart enough not to claim the idea as my own. Wish I had thought of it though, it's a great idea.
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Old 06-18-2008, 04:39 PM
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Hey, I wish I had thought of it, too! ;-) I'll tell you a mod that makes it even nicer -- one I saw on some cable TV outdoors show. Same basic plan, but instead of cutting the hose, make it a bit longer. Then, you drape the hose over the rifle barrel, pull the sticks down to cross, and you have an instant bipod that actually clamps the gun in position for a bit more secure rest. Mighty nice to have when you're making a long stand, or stopping for a rest period -- rest the butt on the ground and the rifle is held there securely. You don't have to look for a handy place to lean the rifle.
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Old 06-18-2008, 04:46 PM
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I'm going to make a few more of these for friends and I'll try that idea out, thanks.
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Thx for the great idea Bob. Only thing I can come up with to cheapen it up is for those that have creek-bottom willows growing that are nice and straight, cut a couple of those to replace the dowels and do the same . May have to replace them every few years as they get too brittle in low humidity air. I've been pondering that for a few years to get the bipods above the sagebrush here, but looks like you got the patent first!
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:01 PM
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The willow thing sure ought to work, and you can make them short or long for individual shooters heights. At what these cost to put togather it wouldn't matter if they did only last a few years. This would even work well for a pair of stand up shooting sticks such as I've seen in African hunts.
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:09 PM
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Bob, great idea (who's ever it was) on the sticks.

I still like my Bi-fur-pod sticks I made from scraps laying around the shop. Though, not as creative as your "new" stcks. I say four stars!!

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Old 06-29-2008, 04:39 AM
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Might try sanding a blunt point on the end of the sticks instead of using the screws.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:36 AM
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Hey, Bob -

This would be a good candidate for the "Tips and Comments" forum and a permanent sticky. Want to put it there?
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:01 AM
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That would be a good idea, I just didn't know how to do that. This was an idea I picked up on one of the varmint hunting forums and it's sure an inexpensive way to make up a couple of shooting sticks. It's also easy enough that folks with no woodworking experience can build them. The lack of a hinge pin makes them really simply to make and use.
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I'll take it there for you, Bob.
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If you shoot a traditional rifle and shoot at period events this works well. Buy a couple of axe handles, a bolt, a hex nut, an acorn nut and some brass head tacks. Scrounge a bit of buckskin or suede. You can probably carve better than I did. In case you can't tell, they're bear heads. The eyes are bits of coral.

This isn't my idea. They are copied from a friend's pair, but he carved eagle heads.

I should try wolves next time.

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I forgot to mention the antler tips on the axe handles on the cross sticks I just submitted....ooooops! They are obviously to prevent skidding of the sticks.


I also forgot about the cross stick "saddles" I make and carry to rendezvous for my trade blanket. I make them out of leather, but heavy cloth could be used.

The top piece is about 1 1/2" x 5 1/2". The 2 bottom pieces are about 1 1/2" x 1 3/4".

If you want to go hunting with minimum gear, stick a saddle in your pocket. Cut a pair of straight limbs in the woods about 30" long (according to your seated height) and lash them together about 8" from the top end. Stick the ends into the pockets of the saddle and have a bipod.


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Cheap is my language!

Yes,
I have had bi-pods on my rifles before, found them heavy and too short for the vegetation that I hunt in, but I bought a skate pole, like a ski pole but longer because I am tall, but it has a lanyard for my wrist, weighs nothing, doubles as a walking stick, is painted camo; and the best part , I can wrap my fist around it at any height and have a rock steady gun rest that is entirely uncumbersome. What you do is tip the stick away from your fist on the top, to make whatever angle you want, then lay the gun on your fist, hold it with your finger if you want, the possibilities are endless, from 1 foot high to 5 foot plus.

This long stick is very strong and has a metal foot that is very sure, on the downward side when on a steep sidehill it is a welcome stead.

I would pay a good sum for this now, if I did not have mine, but this one put me back a buck and a half.
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"I have had bi-pods on my rifles before, found them heavy and too short for the vegetation that I hunt in, but I bought a skate pole, like a ski pole but longer because I am tall, but it has a lanyard for my wrist, weighs nothing, doubles as a walking stick, is painted camo; and the best part , I can wrap my fist around it at any height and have a rock steady gun rest that is entirely uncumbersome. What you do is tip the stick away from your fist on the top, to make whatever angle you want, then lay the gun on your fist, hold it with your finger if you want, the possibilities are endless, from 1 foot high to 5 foot plus."

I like that idea. I like both ideas truth to tell, especially the tubing on the cross sticks.
I made a walking stick/monopod from a piece of 3/4" bamboo that was lying around with two rubber crutch tips that I salvaged from a pair of discarded crutches. Easy to carry, helpful on a walk and used just as described.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:41 PM
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I just made a pair this weekend - that is 2 sets. I had some camo paint and camoed them up too. Not sure how well the paint will work on the flexi part of the tubing, but we'll see.

Thanks for the great idea. I made one a bit longer (4 foot sticks) to use from a stool in the pop-up blind this fall. The other I intend to use for coyote hunting.
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So, are the basic design sticks for rimfire and the Ax handle ones are for high power rifles.
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I found a set just like you described way back in the woods, a couple of miles from the nearest forest service road, laying on the ground. They were half buryed in pine needles so I figure they were there for at least a couple of years. They sure work well for me. The only thing I would add is to wrap the dowels with camo tape.
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I got a couple old salvaged broom sticks. I think Ill work with those. The tubing will have to be 'different'.
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