Video: Is Shooting Off a Backpack or Bipod More Accurate?

After recently missing a shot on a black bear hunt with Clay Newcomb, I wanted to determine if shooting off a bipod or a pack is more accurate. I had my rifle dialed in for the hunt but didn’t have the time to set my bipod up, so I took the shot off my pack and missed low.

To test the difference between the two shooting rests, I shot prone toward two separate targets at 300 yards and then compared the points of impact. The minimal difference between these two hits indicates that it wasn’t my gear’s fault for missing the bruin.

Misses can happen to anyone for any number of reasons, but the best way to avoid them is to know your gear, practice often, and take your time with your shot.

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