Need Tripod Advice

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Need Tripod Advice

Postby BigDog58 on Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:48 pm

I recently purchased a Labradar and the bench tripod. But, when I'm shooting my 50 BMG Rifle I can't put the Labradar on the bench, due to the muzzle brake blast.

So, I'm looking for a fairly strong tripod, that won't break the bank. I'm trying to stay under $150 if at all possible.

The tripod may also be used for my spotting scope, when it isn't needed for the Labradar.

Suggestions would be helpful, as there are so many out there, and I want to stay away from junk.
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Re: Need Tripod Advice

Postby Holland&Holland on Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:44 pm

Maybe look at the primos trigger stick shooting sticks. I have the moon pod and have been very happy. They make a tripod model as well. Mine came with the adapter piece with the standard tripod screw plate. That way you could use it both for this use and as shooting sticks.
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Re: Need Tripod Advice

Postby 870TC on Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:50 pm

Look for a used Bogen 3033 Professional tripod...try ebay. I have one its built like a tank!
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Re: Need Tripod Advice

Postby Ghost on Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:50 pm

Amazon seems to have several tripod options. I’d think most could handle the Labradar.
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Re: Need Tripod Advice

Postby jdege on Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:51 pm

Some years back I bought a 900mm lens, and found that my cheap tripod simply didn't work with it. The simple act of tightening it down would shift the point of aim more than the field of view.

So I went down to National Camera and picked up a Manfrotto.

It was pricy, but it had been with every penny.

I use it with my spotting scope, when I use a spotting scope, standing free behind the bench. Zoom the scope in on the target, lock it in, and it stays locked in for an afternoon, without having to keep fiddling with it too bring it back on target.

Of course, I stopped shopping at Northern Camera when they started to post, but you should be able to find a Manfrotto pan-head for under $200.
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Re: Need Tripod Advice

Postby crbutler on Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:55 am

I think you are going to be disappointed with the muzzle blast from a braked .50 and ANY cheaper tripod given where it needs to be placed with a labradar. Its going to move.

You need a heavy professional tripod and several shot bags to weigh it in place. A professional type heavy camera tripod will work...with about 75# of shot on it to hold it in place. But those are over $250 unless you can find a used one.

Don't ask how I know...
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Re: Need Tripod Advice

Postby BigDog58 on Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:30 am

Thanks everyone. I will be able to place the Labradar slightly ahead of the muzzle, and either directly below it, or slightly off to the side and above or below the brake exhaust.

I think I've found what I will need, due to a recommendation from a couple friends that I compete with, in the 50 BMG matches . They too have a Labradar and I found some used ones that they suggested on eBay. Now, I just need to win a bid...lol. I also plan to get a downrigger trolling weight to hang from the bottom of the tripod to add some stability in windy conditions.
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Re: Need Tripod Advice

Postby Jackpine Savage on Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:04 am

Another premium brand to look at is Really RIght Stuff.
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