The excitement of the hunt, the adrenaline rush of excitement as we target the quarry, the anticipation of the kill and finally, the right equipment for the hunt; this includes the best shooting rest for the money.
All the planning and our best efforts will come to nothing if we don’t use the right equipment. Think of all the money spent to get the right equipment, the best rifle and accessories, and to plan the hunting trip, perhaps by getting friends or family together to share in this special time.
Think about this when you miss your prey, either because you went cheap and didn’t buy the best, or because you overestimated your abilities and didn’t even invest in a rifle rest for your rifle.
Without a rifle rest, it becomes tiring to keep your rifle on the target and if you are looking to use your equipment as efficiently as possible, a rifle rest is an indispensable accessory. Not only are they important to help you hold your target, but they also relieve the arm that supports the rifle.
If you are in the market to buy one – and it is highly recommended for the serious hunter – there are a few considerations to take into account first.
The best shooting stand will provide you with stability, made of lightweight material and at a price that fits in your pocket. Although no rifle rest can be everything for everyone, it is important not to drag a heavy piece of bulky steel, or throw it into a ravine after 5 miles of hunting on approach.
There are a large number of shooting stations available at any given time, but for reasons of popularity, we chose Caldwell over Harris. Although the U.S. Army prefers the Harris brand, at three times the price, it will be out of reach for many people.
Caldwell is a name synonymous with high quality in the field of resting shots and the XLA Pivot Model bipod is highly recommended. The ease of use of the bipod and the easily adjustable spring legs make it an attractive purchase. It offers excellent value for money due to its durability and light weight; at 11 oz. it won’t break your back on the way to or from the target.
The designers took into account the likelihood of uneven ground and the Pivot compensates for different levels up to 20 degrees, while ensuring accuracy and stability.
At $40, this accessory is inexpensive for the budget conscious, but if you want something a little more expensive, the Caldwell Accumax Premium with twist lock, quick release feet for the shooting range or sport shooting is not a bad option. It costs between $100 and $150 and is made of lightweight carbon fiber.
Ultimately, your choice of shooting stand will be dictated by your finances. There are many manufacturers and models, but your decision will ultimately be determined by what works best for you.