Since I first tried it, shooting off a tripod has become my favourite method for shooting. It didn’t take me long to realise that the stability of a rifle on a tripod is simply incredible. While it does allow a shooter to shoot accurately at greater distances, as a hunter, I see the primary benefit as being how I can shoot more ethically and effectively at conventional distances.
It did take me a few hunts and some training at Gunwerk’s Long Range University to learn how best to use the tripod to its full capacity.
What I focus on in this video are two simple things: setting up the tripod with two legs rearward and one leg forward and using an inverted grip with my non-shooting hand to stabilise the tripod.
The reason I prefer shooting with the two-legged-back configuration is quite simple. When shooting, the rifle and tripod experience recoil rearward. If I have one leg to the rear, the tripod could come to rest with my rifle pointed in a new direction. If the front legs come off the ground, the rifle could twist before coming back to the ground. With two legs to the back, the rifle will rock evenly backward and rest in the same position as before the shot. A light-recoil rifle system will make this point less important, while a heavily recoiling rifle will benefit most.
The second component is what to do with your stabilizing hand. If you shoot right-handed, this is your left hand. I prefer to cross it under the rifle and hold the right tripod leg with an inverted grip. I keep my arm straight and apply some pressure to offer additional stabilization to the system.
This approach will work with prone, seated, kneeling or standing shooting positions. Let me know in the comments how this works for you!
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