First, a reminder for this Memorial Day weekend, which is likely to be full of barbecues, parades and perhaps a frosty beverage: Never forget! Just a reminder dad, I will never forget.
My kids and I are looking forward to the parade this Memorial Day weekend to honor our soldiers, but it means so much more than that. I did not serve, but my father along with the rest of my family, has a rich history of putting on the uniform for this country since the American Revolution. I take these holidays seriously, as that was how I was raised. With my kids, I do my best to explain the meaning of remembering those that, when their country called on them, ran towards harm instead of away from it. Some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s because of them that I get to punch holes in paper for fun and nothing is headed back in my direction. Thank you, thank you, thank you dad and those who have served this country.
Load testing will continue with the Nosler bullets, but in the mean time, I have a match coming up this weekend and will be using my current match load of the Sierra 175 TMK’s which I have to use up. I started long range rifle competitions using my standard Harris S 6-9″ Bipod. It worked well to start out, but one of the downsides to using this basic bipod was that you couldn’t track your shots and the bipod would often sink into the position (dirt/grass/sand) which lead to fighting elevation changes in the middle of a string of fire.
I decided that it was time for an upgrade for future competitions.
After a lot of research on F-Class bipods, I settled on an economical lightweight design from Mystic Precision.
It’s a Canadian company, but the bipods are actually manufactured right here in the USA, at Evolution Gun Works in Quakertown, PA. I have my first match this weekend. I will report back on what the differences are with this bi-pod.
From Mystic Precision’s website:
MPOD Design: Make a super light bipod with the stability and tracking of a pedestal rest
A winning design: Winner of the 2013 Individual FTR World Championship used the MPOD. Multiple NRA records in Team and Individual set. Several Members of the US National FTR team currently shooting with the MPOD
Improved geometry to reduce the effects of torque during recoil for consistent tracking and follow through despite the chambering. Has been successfully used on larger caliber boomers including the 50BMG
Easy to operate with large range of movements to account for varied terrain. The lowest height is 4 1/2 inches suitable for bench work and raised berms when shooting prone. At full elevation, you have 7 3/4 inches to the mounting lug. This range is wider then the Harris 6-9 bipod.
Cant feature is now added for quick leveling on uneven ground. And the Cant will not shift during recoil as is common with most other bipods.
Easy to install and remove – Solid with great repeatability and accuracy potential.
Stability increasing with increased pod height which is opposite to a number of designs.
Keep finished weight as low as possible 12.8ozs installed, yet strong enough to support heavy rifles and big boomers. Easily supported rifles weighing 50lbs.
I’ve also mounted and plumb leveled the Leupold Gold Ring VX-6 7-42 X 56mm scope with 34mm tube for it’s first test.
I am excited to have the target fill up more of my scope at the higher magnifications.
I’m used to no higher than 25X magnification and First Focal Plane reticles that obscure the target more than necessary, so this should be a real treat.
Having that much magnification can be a real benefit if mirage isn’t too bad. Local range conditions for the match look good, mid 60’s and 2 mph winds from the south. We’ll see if that holds; field conditions could be completely different. I’m going to re-zero and confirm my come-ups for dialing to 600 yds the morning of the match.
I will post my scores for this weekend’s match, share a few thoughts, and post a few photo’s of the bi-pod and scope mounted at the range.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!!
See you at the range.