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Question by crp1121. Uploaded on March 24, 2010
The Caldwell versions are just rip-offs of the Harris models. I thoroughly inspected both brands before buying and settled on the Harris, mainly for quality concerns and overall appearance of the finished product. It'll cost you a bit more, but I'd definitely go with the better made product from Harris.
Height selection: If you're looking for a bench/hunting combo you should probably look at model HBL-S. Personally, I have the HB25C-S model for hunting and use a sandbag for bench shooting.
Definitely get the pivot model. You'll end up regretting it if you don't.
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Hope this helps!
I haven't shot the Caldwell but have the Harris. I like it. I would suggest the smallest size (6-9 inch) for benchrest shooting. Otherwise you will have to rest the butt on stilts. If you are hunting and have to shoot in 2 foot high grass, none of these work anyway because they are too short; so you might as well be comfortable on the bench and for locations where you can effectively use a bipod. Get the pivot model. You will have to lock it solid on the bench but the pivot is great for getting a level field rest when the ground is uneven.
I have a harris pivioting and I love it. I shoot bench or prone. It is not big enough height wise for anything else.
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