When I first encountered Harris Bipods I had no idea what they were, or who made them. My brother, Randy, and I had organized a Pronghorn Antelope hunt in Wyoming and our outfitters – SNS Outfitters & Guides – recommended that our rifles be equipped with rests that could be used for shooting from a prone or sitting position. When I asked Randy what these were, he said not to worry about it because he had a spare.
Fast forward several months and we were in the arid environs of eastern Wyoming. I was prone, with my rifle resting on a Harris BR model bipod and looking through my rifle scope at a Pronghorn standing 285 yards away on the opposite hillside.
The crosshairs were rock solid and when I came down from the recoil of the 7mm Remington Magnum the buck was toppling over. It’s hard to express how wonderful it was to walk up on this symbol of the American West.
Along with a Mountain Lion, also taken in Wyoming, the Pronghorn mount adorns the wall of my trophy room/office that is closest to my desk. It means the world to remember that clear, bright morning when I captured that memory. But, I couldn’t have accomplished this dream without the solid rest provided by the bipod, the name of which I didn’t know. I returned the bipod to my brother and headed back to my home in Georgia.
For my next encounter with the Harris products we have to fast-forward over a decade. It was 2018 and Zach Waterman who heads up Nosler marketing sent me a Model 48 Nosler rifle chambered in 22 Nosler to review. I decided that it would be great to include a field rest that might be used by North Americans for various hunting applications.
So, still as naive (read: ignorant) as before, I gave my older brother another call and asked him the name of ‘that bipod you loaned me for the Pronghorn hunt.’ With that information in hand, I called Lori from Harris Engineering to see whether they would be willing to loan me one of their bipods.
They were more than willing, and sent me their HB25CS rest straightaway. My trial with the 22 Nosler included several different types of rests, but the Harris bipod (used while seated on the ground, rather than prone) provided equivalent accuracy even when compared to the bench.
Left-to-right: groups obtained using Nosler E-Tip ammunition and the Harris HB25CS bipod at 100-, 200- and 300-yards.
In conclusion, both Harris bipods I’ve used have allowed for fantastic accuracy. The BR resulted in a trophy antelope taken at a range that was extreme, at least for me. In turn, the HB25CS helped to produce sub-MOA groups even at the longest distances attempted.
Harris’s bipods are tough, well-made and affordable for just about any shooter. Any product that can help provide that kind of accuracy at the furthest distances I intend to attempt at the range or while hunting and do it at a reasonable price deserves my allegiance.