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Anyone that got the panning model now wished they'd got the non-panning model (or vice versa)?
 

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@Squibbler I have a 300 win AXMC as well. How far does the mount stick out past the forend (distance from the forend to outside/farthest dimension on the 'collar')? I have an additional shorter barrel on it and didnt want it to encapsulate the brake.
 

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Anyone that got the panning model now wished they'd got the non-panning model (or vice versa)?
I got the panning model. I don't really use the feature... you have to tighten the thumbscrew down so tight to prevent it from panning... can't really tighten it enough.
 
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    Anyone that got the panning model now wished they'd got the non-panning model (or vice versa)?
    I like my panning model so I’m NOT wishing I would’ve ordered the non-panning one. But, here are some things I discovered that it would’ve been good to know upfront about the panner.

    You use a T27 torx bit (not included) to tighten/loosen the panning tensioner, which is a bolt located on the very top of the “circle”. The way it works seems unique; basically one bolt goes through the top “bridge” that attaches to the legs, and this bolt threads into the circle thing. There’s two Belleville washers that provide spring tension (a Belleville washer is a type of spring shaped like a washer). One washer sits between the bolt and bridge, and the other between the circle and bridge.

    The unique/interesting thing is that there is a tiny bit of red locktite that stops this bolt from backing out. I know this because mine came from the manufacturer without that red locktite and as I was testing the bipod, the panning bolt backed out on my family room floor. A call to EI resulted in a very sincere apology plus precise instructions as how to rectify the problem without having to send it in. They’re a class act and great people.


    Background:
    I am a varmint shooter, not a long distance guy. With this bipod, I plan on shooting prairie dogs with my .204 from a swiveling table. I need to get on target within seconds and may have to peel off for another target if the first PD jumps in his hole, so that’s why I choose a panner. Typically, I don’t have time to get in some perfect position. In the past, I used a big-ass X-shaped sandbag, USA made Dog Gone Good brand, but I wanted to try something lighter. That 14lbs sandbag can be a bit of a pain to lug around.

    I’ve only used the bipod at the range and simulated panning it around quickly. Seems to work well. It’s my first panning bipod. I own an Atlas Scal and a harrris too, but haven’t used those for PDs yet either. Next year will be the Year of the PD Bipod Test for me!

    The EI owner said he likes his for applications like mine (prairie dogs), and that his personal one has never came apart.

    It would be nice if I didn’t need a tool to adjust tension, but it makes the bridge top low profile and I think once I get the tension right, I won’t touch it again. Also, since the panning part is not really not something one can lock off, be warned that if you put it in your case attached your rifle, the legs will angle and might scratch your barrel or scope, depending which way you’ve collapsed them. Since I don’t want to be bothered to take the bipod off (no quick release), a big thick red pool noodle over my barrel solved the scratching problem, plus It makes me look incredibly cool at the range 😎.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. This one's on my shortlist and am also considering the accutact wide stance (fc-5 g2) model. If anyone has experience with that I'd be interested in hearing impressions.

    For the elite iron, has anyone observed issues related to cold weather? I sometimes shoot out in the snow and didn't want the mechanicals locking up in freezing weather.
     

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    Anyone know if they plan on making a version that clamps to an Arca rail?
    The owner (Dale?) told me that EI’s working on a QR solution but he hasn’t gotten it to a point where it’s ready for sale. He didn’t mention Arca and I didn’t ask, as I don’t use Arca on rifles (but I do on cameras!).

    As a side note, for one reason or another, he doesn’t like the existing picatinny lever QRs out in the current market. Basically, he said some levers break, some release when you don’t want them too, and all levers catch on stuff, which, as an active fellow, he really seemed to dislike. For example, he mentioned “fast roping” as an activity in which levers suck.

    I do not fast rope en route to a prairie dog town. But, if I owned a helo…:unsure:…I wouldn’t fast rope outta it onto the town with a lousy bolt action, I’d friggin’ UNLEASH the mini-gun on it!!

    He suggested I keep the 1/8” hex key on me to take the bipod off. I always bring tools when shooting, but I was thinking of unobtrusive ways to affix a hex key to my one rifle that I am using the bipod on. It would make a quick removal easier. Maybe stick a hex key inside a TAB Sling Thing velcroed to the rifle’s side. Or, use two knobs with 1/4” studs to replace the headless 1/4” set screws. You see, I’m just sitting there with the rifle (almost no walking) so it’s not gonna catch on anything, but such a solution would not work for Dale.

    Anyway, I came away with an appreciation of how much thought Dale puts into his bipod. Pretty cool guy.
     

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    Last time I emailed in and talked with Kathy I believe, she said an adapted Arca mount is in the works but they're busy with more important things.
     

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    @Squibbler I have a 300 win AXMC as well. How far does the mount stick out past the forend (distance from the forend to outside/farthest dimension on the 'collar')? I have an additional shorter barrel on it and didnt want it to encapsulate the brake.

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    I could move it back another pic rail slot... possibly two, which would be another .4-.8". Next picture illustrates the pic rail attachment point.

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    For the elite iron, has anyone observed issues related to cold weather? I sometimes shoot out in the snow and didn't want the mechanicals locking up in freezing weather.

    Shooting enough in cold weather conditions you find that everything will have freezing points. I have frozen the adjustable legs on the E.I. This occurred when I took my rifle out of warm truck and placed extended legs into fresh snow. When I retracted extended legs, the melted snow went into leg housing. The melted snow later froze and made leg extensions stick. I simply tapped them loose. The E.I. is extremely well constructed and is probably one of the most durable bipods. For extreme weather conditions and harsh environments it would be my bipod of choice.
     
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