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"Shooting Stick"? Monopod for Spring Gun?

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Instead of shooting just from my "bell tower" office perch, I'm thinking that this fall I'm going to get out in the field. That being the case, I'm probably going to want something that I can reliably brace my BC on. Alas, most mono/bi pod shooting sticks have yokes. That's a no-no with a spring gun.

Do any of you guys have any ideas?

BTW, I got myself a shotgun sling to put on the rifle and I'm thinking that I could use that to good effect for making my hold a lot more steady. I haven't tried it yet, but thought I'd mention it. The sling cost me $6 delivered.

Hey Mebits, I've been shooting reliably at squirrels mostly with the use of a shooting stick for years. In fact I even use it with my deer rifles and consider it essential gear in my bag. For me I do a lot of my actual shooting from a camo folding chair. When squirrel hunting a lot of my shots will be at tree top level or somewhere "up". Those 8,9,10 lb rifles are a bit much for off hand shooting at least for me so I 've learned to sit when practical and prop that rifle on my adjustable length shooting stick. I can pan to practically vertical and hold comfortably for long periods of time. If you are concerned about the yoke on the resting end just modify it with a softer more comfortable material. Something like a foam pad should work. Test your zero and POI when shooting from a stick in case it's shifted from your "normal" hold just to be sure.

Yoke is no problem.  Make a little bean bag out of an old sock.  Stuff it tight full of old rags or lightweight plastic "bean" material, then fasten it to the yoke so it won't fall out when you lay it down.  If you don't fasten it down you will always be fumbling around with it.  I practice with a tall staff made out of bamboo and a small sack pad on a glove or my wrist.  A couple of days ago I took some shots off the unpadded yoke of a bipod with my R9.  I got a very tight group but it was about an inch higher than shooting off the padded yoke or off my wrist holding the staff. Bipods are great but they limit your angle of fire unless you fiddle around adjusting two legs while you try to watch the squirrel and not drop your rifle all at the same time.  I use a bipod if I can predict what elevation my shots are going to be, but I find most of my shooting is done off my staff.

My springer doesn't mind my shooting sticks I have the tripod kind works great.  I do have to keep it back closer to the trigger than up towards the front of the rifle, for better grps.

Great! Thanks, guys! Any further ideas or tips are, of course, welcome!


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