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What is the best set up for a rifle tripod? which clamping system which tripod any experience?

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Edit:I've been corrected

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The owner of this company posts on here a lot:

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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
The owner of this company posts on here a lot:

Reaper Rest


You are going to be hard pressed to find a better rest that will allow the use of standard style rifles along with AR styles with 30 round mags. This rest is great, very easy to use, and paired with the right base is unbeatable

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any insight on the hog saddle? how would it compare to the reaper rest?

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Originally Posted By: bdotson
any insight on the hog saddle? how would it compare to the reaper rest?


That seems astronomically over priced. $310 for a clamp. Idk, I didn't spend too long on their website after I saw that, but it looks like about $20 worth of material. The reaper rest seems like you get a lot more for the money.


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theres not a lot of price difference in reaper and hog saddle. Which one does the best job? I think I could build a hog saddle

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Thanks for the kind words guys...... The hog saddle is definitely quality gear. It's kinda hard to do a direct comparison between the the hog saddle and our reaper but we will be coming out with a grip style platform and a rail platform in next couple months. All of these attachments will be interchangeable with our mounting system. The price to set up of a hog saddle with same capabilities (pan/tilt) as the reaper is around $200 more. The hog saddle comes only as an attachment, you still have to buy the mount which can be expensive for a quality one. Probably the most important question is what type of shooting do you plan on doing. Hope this helps.


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I need more education. I thought the hog saddle would mount direct to a tripod?

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The hog saddle can mount directly to a tripod but without a headmount, you won't be able to lock your rifle in at your desired angle (shooting downhill/uphill). I think you'll would be selling the hog saddle or any quality rest short if you placed it on an inferior camera mount. That's largely the reason we put our rest on our hinge block that we designed for shooting rifles from vs expensive mounts designed to pan/tilt cameras.


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Ok now I see how yours work.

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The review I wrote after spending nearly two months with the Reaper Rest. The most impressive shots I made from it (impressed by the rest) were seated on the deck and hit my 5" square at 500 yards, and standing I hit the 16" square at 800 yards. No way could I consistently do that unsupported (no rest).

I use it almost weekly to hold my rifle spotting for students on the range. I forsee lots of dead coyotes while I'm using it in the future.

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reaper paw is the best out there. I also think the tripod is just as important as the rest itself. Some are good for mounting your Chrono but for a rifle, heavy duty is better.

Depending on your budget. Who would have ever thought you can spend up to $600 on a tri-pod with the rest.

I bought the Bog-Pod rest and used it with the regular weight Bog Pod Tripod. It worked "OK" would have been MUCH better with a heavy weight tripod. My rifle weighs about 8lbs, the barrel weight would almost tip it over if I wasn't careful.

If you will use it exclusively, Get the Reaper and just cry once.

You definitely get what you pay for.

It was very steady but not as "lock down" sturdy as the Reaper with a heavy bi-pod.


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+1 on the Reaper. It can be used on any gun and is super simple to operate. Even gonna loan it to a friend so he can use it for his kid to shoot a turkey out of a blind this year. I'm sure I will be posting some pics later.

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Thanks for the replys. I do like the looks and reviews of the reaper. The one question that I have is this, since the rifle is not attached to the rest? if I need to stalk several yards to shoot pigs I have got a rifle,a tripod and rest,as well as a thermal spotter in my hands. How mobil will this set up be? Is there anything better suited? I was leaning toward a hog saddle because the tripod and rifle become one thing to carry as opposed to two. Am I right or wrong?

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Even with the hog saddle, you will probably have to break down your tripod and rifle. Unless your only moving 5-10 yards. In that case you could do the same thing with the reaper. Truenorth, a THF member, does a lot of spot and stalk on hogs and has good success utilizing the reaper. There are several other options out there like primos trigger stick tripod but they won't give you near the stability, versatility, or allow you to go hands free while in your stand.


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Does everyone agree on the manfrotto 055 for the tripod?

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The reaper rest was very impressive at JG and Chad's shoot. Even being a lefty I found it was easy to operate, I'm trying to convince a customer to let me get him one to mount to his high rack I'm building.

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Definitely a solid tripod.


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Also, another thing to think about. The Reaper allows 2 points of contact on the rifle (front and back), where the saddle only allows for one point of contact (in the middle).



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OK Manfroto 055 on the way. I am now leaning toward the reaper. Any objections? other suggestions

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can I borrow it?


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Maybe a stupid question but is there a reason not to use one of the carbon fiber tripods? Seems like the weight savings would be nice.


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Originally Posted By: bdotson
any insight on the hog saddle? how would it compare to the reaper rest?


Used both, reaper is an all in one mounting system. Also easier to clean out the axis's on the reapers' built in head.

Reaper + tripod. Go shoot.
Hog saddle + ballhead/or/pan head + tripod. Go shoot

Lots of good tripod's out there. Used a couple different one's on my reaper. In the end it's same as using a tripod for spotting scope, heavier it is more stable platform you will have. I also suggest tabs over twist locks.

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Originally Posted By: MDMORROW
Maybe a stupid question but is there a reason not to use one of the carbon fiber tripods? Seems like the weight savings would be nice.


You every try to glass with an 80mm spotter on a CF tripod with not weights on bottom? It's not a very stable platform. There is a hook on the head extensions on the tripod for a reason. To add more weight.

You could use a carbon fiber tripod with hog saddle or reaper but it's counter productive

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