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I have used Camera Tripods with home-made hunting rifle forearm adapters for many years -- I really like the infinite adjustments/settings and steady shooting platform they provide.

Here is an excellent overview ..........

The Sniper Saddle

.......... my own detachable quick adapter is similar to the 3rd generation depicted except that I use a 3" diameter PVC coupler sawn in half (ideal width as is) and attach the photo tripod head to it using self tapping washer-head screws. I use standard 3" pipe insulator foam to cushion the rifle forearm (total cost of materials from ACE Hardware is approx. $2.00). Fabrication time is about 30 minutes including gluing the foam in place using contact cement. Here are depictions of the completed adapter:








I use a lightweight aluminum Vanguard Photo Tripod (approx $70) that is fully adjustable and comes with an integral carry handle. I am now in my eighties and arthritic joints prevent me from shooting from the prone and sitting positions -- practically all of my range and field shooting is from the standing position where I find the Camera Tripod provides me a very steady hold, producing consistent MOA groups.

Other good references are:

SOTIC photo tripod usage

Precision shooting sniper cradles
 

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I have seen one of the commercial adapters for camera tripods but I can't remember who made it. It had a padded slot for the rifle one one side and a spotting scope mount next to it. I should have bought it when I saw it.
 

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Shucks - built the same thing (except mine have green felt lining!) several years ago. Made two of them and gave one to board member tpv for use.

Most tripods have a screw protruding that the camera is attached to. I simply drilled a slightly smaller hole in the PVC and let the tripod screw self thread. Found my extendable hiking stick has a removable wooden knob on top that has the same exact size screw for using as a mono-pod for a camera. Works perfectly as a mono-pod rifle rest and is far easier to handle than a bulky tripod.
 

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Shucks - built the same thing (except mine have green felt lining!) several years ago. Made two of them and gave one to board member tpv for use.

Most tripods have a screw protruding that the camera is attached to. I simply drilled a slightly smaller hole in the PVC and let the tripod screw self thread. Found my extendable hiking stick has a removable wooden knob on top that has the same exact size screw for using as a mono-pod for a camera. Works perfectly as a mono-pod rifle rest and is far easier to handle than a bulky tripod.
Yep, still makes a great walking around hiking stick and rifle rest
 

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Maybe a useful bit of trivia. . the standard thread on about any camera tripod you'll run across is 1/4-20.
 
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