The first and most crucial step to carry any rifle for long distances, it needs to have a sling that works the way we expect it. Unfortunately, most slings will not hold the gun on the shoulder, hands-free. Most slings tend to slide off the shoulder. A correctly carried rifle should be by our side, not partially around our back and carried across the shoulder blade. Ultimate Sling Review
Therefore, when appropriately carried, the Swagger Field Model Bipod does not cause any discomfort. Even when I intentionally carried my rifle farther back and partially on my shoulder blade, there was only mild discomfort. I suspect when wearing more cold weather clothing, there should not be any discomfort across the shoulder blade. With the sling I use, I can secure the rifle entirely (diagonal) on my back without any pain. I have hiked almost 5 miles with my loaded 300 WM without any problem or discomfort. I routinely hike up to a mile during most coyote hunts carrying my 13.5-pound varmint rifle. The key is proper rifle carry position.
The Swagger bipod is exceptionally stable and provides more effortless movement to different shooting positions without lifting it off the ground for minor pointing corrections. It works just as seen in the videos.
Update: I have successfully used the Swagger to take coyotes in various terrain conditions. I also practice shooting a 4.5-inch diameter target ball out to 400 yards in several shooting positions. After the initial setup, I never have to make any additional leg length adjustment on any terrain slope during sitting positions. If I have to reposition to a different shooting direction, all I have to do is pick up the gun, move, sit it down, aim, and shoot.
Update 2: I have switched to the blind/tree stand model (Hunter 42) with legs 41.5 inches long. There have been few situations when hunting on steep hillsides that the legs on the field model (Hunter 29) were too short. The shorter legs were mainly a problem when attempting to shoot a target at a higher elevation on an opposite hillside. I had a difficult time obtaining a good stable position due to the angle of the shot. The longer legs solved that problem. The Hunter 29 is excellent for relatively flat land or if you will only be shooting downhill.
Update 3: After using the Swagger Hunter 42 several times while coyote hunting, I have gained full confidence I could shoot deer up to 600 yards while sitting on the ground. On September 18, 2020, I successfully had a steady aim and killed a buck at the distance of 501 yards. Not once did I have to pick up the bipod and readjust it from my sitting position.
Update 4: For my AR-15, I purcased the Swagger Stalker QD 42.
Below are some pictures of various positions. I could not have taken a coyote with most other styles of bipods. I was able to quickly rotate about 30-40 degrees without lifting the bipod off the ground on the side of the hill.
There are plenty of Swagger bipod reviews on YouTube.
Blind/Tree Stand Model
Swagger Stalker QD Bipod
(I own this too.)
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