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Title: Which tripod (style and brand)
Post by: jrebel on July 17, 2019, 09:27:12 PM
Looking at a tripod to be used for my son in a ground blind.  Looking at the BogPod but would consider others.  What style is the better of these two. 
Title: Re: Which tripod (style and brand)
Post by: Bushcraft on July 17, 2019, 11:29:49 PM
The two in the top picture are very flimsy and a waste of money in my opinion.

You're going to want to find the sturdiest tripod you can find that's in your budget.  Think: burly, nearly inflexible legs and leg connections. 

After that, you're going to want a head that is also rock solid, but is also relatively easy to disengage the tripod head so you can move it around to take a shot, then quickly be able to lock it down again without incurring a shift in point of aim.

Really Right Stuff (RRS) makes unquestionably the best stuff on the market, but you are going to pay a boat load of money for a setup.  Maybe in the $1,750-1,900 range new, with the tripod being the most expensive part of the purchase.

Since this is for your son, and the distance may not be that far since you're shooting out of a ground blind (?), it may not need to be perfectly rock solid.  I'd encourage you to try and find a big aluminum or preferably carbon fiber (it's warmer to the touch and lighter) tripod from Vanguard with burly twist lock clamps (I've had flip locks break in the cold) and then put a either a Hogsaddle on it (you can probably find a used one pretty easy) or just bite the bullet and get a head from RRS.

If you go with anything besides the hogsaddle (I'm not a big fan of them), you'll need to buy a little arca rail or plate to install on your rifle that clamps into the tripod head like so:

 


Title: Re: Which tripod (style and brand)
Post by: Romulus1297 on July 17, 2019, 11:50:33 PM
I have 1 of the flimsy kind you can try.
Title: Re: Which tripod (style and brand)
Post by: jrebel on July 17, 2019, 11:58:36 PM
I have two bipods and my son is to unsteady on them unless in a sitting position.  He said I'll be shooting 100-120 yards out the of the blind and just need something to help steady the rifle.  I also want to limit movement so having the rifle up and ready is a huge bonus.
Title: Re: Which tripod (style and brand)
Post by: Romulus1297 on July 18, 2019, 12:06:57 AM
You can try it if you donít like no problem. Looks like your 1st picture?
Title: Re: Which tripod (style and brand)
Post by: Alchase on July 18, 2019, 07:45:01 AM
When my son was young, I taught him to use a Primos Polecat bipod (tall) from a kneeling position. This way he still got use to shouldering the rifle. Now we use them religiously, and carry one in each pack.

https://www.amazon.com/Primos-Pole-62-Inch-Tall-Bipod/dp/B00BD55BMS
Title: Re: Which tripod (style and brand)
Post by: jrebel on August 11, 2019, 03:31:00 PM
Bought the bogpod death grip carbon fiber and couldn't be happier.  This thing is really awesome and is stable as a rock.  Not a tripod to pack with but definely a great addition at the range or in our case in the hunting blind..