Having a prone-length bipod mounted on my hunting rifle has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made, helping to stabilize my shots while in the field from not only the prone position, but kneeling, sitting and standing, too. A gun-mounted bipod creates a more stable shooting platform for a quick and accurate in-the-field shot than is possible with a backpack, log, fencepost or rock.
Support the Forend: Adding a bipod helps support the forend of your rifle, reducing that pendulum feeling found with an unsupported rifle. Also, not having to support the forend of your rifle with your off-hand allows you the freedom to properly operate and manipulate a rear shooting bag.
Spike Your Bipod: You can purchase after-market spikes to install on the feet of your bipod. These spikes give you additional bite to “forward load” your rifle into nearly any object. The spikes are so sharp that you can even get forward load into your bipod on concrete, so it makes taking a rest off a softer surface such as a wet slimy log a dream. The extra bite you get from the spikes helps you as the shooter mitigate rifle recoil, which at times enables you to watch your shot impact and then make adjustments without breaking your shooting position.
Additional Point-Of-Contact: When taking a shooting rest from a fencepost for instance, you can drop one or both of the legs of your bipod, push the base of the bipod against the fencepost and then push your rifle into the fence post; in essence you’re gaining forward load, steadying your shot without the bipod feet actually being on the ground. The photo below demonstrates forward load at a shooting range.
One More Trick: Take your free hand and grip the prone-length bipod against a taller shooting rest such as a non-attached bipod (photo below) designed for sitting or standing shots. This certainly steadies your shot, especially in windy conditions. This trick came in handy for me in British Columbia when I had to drop the feet of my bipod against a chunk of rock to take a successful shot on a mountain goat. Dropping one or both legs on your bipod while employing the use of a shooting rest such as a Hog Saddle or other rest provides a grabbing point for your hand to apply rear pressure from the bipod legs, around the rest point and back into your body, which stabilizes your shot.
Train with your rifle under hunting-like conditions, always checking your natural point-of-aim, have fun and shoot straight.