For the Ruger 10/22, a good bipod has become a staple for accurate shooting whether in the field or at the range. Other than adding a really good scope, adding a bipod probably has the largest impact on rifle and shooter accuracy.
Try to find a rifle being used in PRS or NRL22 competition that doesn't have a good stable bipod. If you spend the time to watch one of those matches you will see them being used in very creative ways. They are not just for shooting prone or from a bench but will add another dimension to your shooting ability.
What makes a good rifle bipod?
Stability is the #1 requirement for a high value bipod. Most are produced from light steel or aluminum but material doesn't matter as much as a tight fit - no loose tolerances of moving parts. The material must be strong enough to maintain those tolerances through tough use.
When we talk long range accuracy, a movement of a fraction of a thousandth of an inch translates to huge misses at long range. The further the range, the larger the miss. A good bipod must not move.
Although there are some bipods that swivel just below the mounting point, designed for AR15's and close up combat shooting, these are not what we are referring to or desire for long range work. The right bipod for us should only retract and fold the leg for carry and do so with out adding wobble when supporting the firearm.
Weight should be as light as possible while providing strength to insure no damage through rough use. When carrying the rifle any weight savings is precious a most long range rifles, even rimfires, are heavier than sporter rifles. Strength of the bipod remains paramount but any weight savings due to design is important.
Adjustable to allow quick adjustment of both legs to accomodate uneven terrain. With accurate long range shooting as our goal, we must ensure the scope is level. A great bipod will allow this to happen quickly.
You can purchase bipods with the ability to cant the rifle in order to attain a level scope. This feature is good if speed on shots is important. But another swivel point on a bipod is just another area where wobble can be introduced. This is personal preference so I'll leave this option up to you.
The bipod should be adjustable so it's easily accomplished with one hand, the weak hand. Once in the prone position, or any other awkward position, shooting position must not have to be shifted to adjust the bipod.
Height of the bipod must match a normal long range rifle requirement at center of extension allowing needed flexibility on both sides. AR rimfire rifles might require longer legs.to accomodate longer magazines.
Sling stud mounted bipods in my opinion are best for long range rifles. Rail mounted bipods are good for what they were designed for which is quick change and flexibility at what we would call short range. This is perfect for a tactical combat situation but no rail is stronger than a rifle stud. For long range shooting the more solid the base the more accurate the shot will be.
How do we choose and rank the best ones ?
As you can see from the above features that make up a great bipod how do we know which one is the best. Most all of the offers now on the market offer these features. Does that mean that all bipods are made equal. No.
Our recommendations to you are based on actual consumer data. The consumers are shooters who have actually purchased, used, and ranked the products as to which are the best.
My opinion of which is best could be different than yours, but when tens to hundreds to thousands of people's opinions are recorded and ranked....that many people can't be wrong.
This is how we determine what the best product is for your money. Below are our recommendations based on consumer data. We looked at over 50 bipods on the market and the data revealed the top 5 to be those listed below.
All of these products a sold at a low price but don't forget our goal is to find the best bipod for a 10/22. Units don't have to be high priced to work well.
#1 Consumer Pick - CV Life 6-9 inch tactical
Made of hardened steel and aluminum, non-rust black anodized finish, the rifle bipod is heavy duty and light weight
Loosen the bottom screw to swivel the top adapter,you can adjust to any angle you want.
When you tighten the bottom screw the adapter will be secured,which provides you a steady support.
With the spring on both legs, you could fold the legs up easily and keep silent when hunting.
Legs can be adjusted from 6 inches (152mm)to 9 inches(225mm) with a press of the button.
High quality rubber on the bottom of the leg makes the bipods shockproof and antiskid.
Picatinny mount included
Not designed for high power rifles but for 10/22s with it's low price, it's perfect.
#2 Consumer Pick - Magpul
Made of lightweight Mil-Spec hard anodized 6061 T-6 aluminum and Injection-molded polymer aesthetically pleasing low-profile design conceals its mechanisms and hardware smoothly brushing off Snags and bumps
Optimized for rapid one-handed adjustments quickly and quietly transitions between countless user configurations
Easily loaded with stabilizing forward tension without fear of failure or warping at just over 11 oz
The Mogul bipod is lighter than many pricier bipods currently on the market
Spring-tension legs stow neatly forward and snap down and lock into place with one hand leg extensions slide and lock securely with the push of a button on any of the seven half-inch spaced locking detents
An industry-exclusive 50° of total tilt and 40° of total pan are Controlled by a glove-friendly knurled tool-less bipod locking knob located between the extended legs allowing easy adjustment between shots
NOTE: End user may have to supply (Qty 2) 10-32 x 5/16 inch flathead cap screws
#3 Consumer Pick - AVAWO Hunting Rifle Bipod - 6 Inch to 9 Inch
Material：Hardened steel, aluminum
Leg Height： 6" / 152mm (retracted) ； 9" / 225 mm (fully extended）
Light weight : 10ozs
Features:Ultra light spring loaded folding mechanism bipod
Compact and light weight
Non-rust black anodized finish
Rubber padded on top to protect forend of gun
Durable with new design high quality that quickly attaches to sling swivel stud
#4 Consumer Pick - Caldwell XLA Pivot
DIMENSIONS: 6”-9” height and weighs 12 oz
ACCURACY: Notches are located on the legs for quick and easy indexing as well as an 18 degree bi-directional cant
EASE OF USE: Legs fold up for easy transport and will instantly spring out with the push of a button
The bipod mounts quickly on the forend sling stud
CONVENIENT: Lightweight, quick-deployment aluminum legs and slim profile for movement heavy or prone shooting
SECURE: Soft rubber feet for enhanced stability and a non-marring padded base for forend protection
#5 Consumer Pick - UTG Super Duty
Reinforced support bars
squared-off bipod legs
integral spring anchors provide improved structural integrity against both adverse terrain and heavy recoil.
A matte black corrosion resistant anodize is applied to stack up against the weather and nonslip rubberized foot pads keep the user securely planted shot to shot.
Straight forward and externally spring tension controlled bipod legs securely deploy and stow away quickly while being less susceptible to dirt, sand, and other debris.
For added user convenience, the UTG Super Duty bipod comes ready out of the box to quickly mount onto a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail via its patented quick detachable lever lock system.
In addition, the Super Duty comes with a swivel stud adaptor mount which allows for cross compatibility onto long guns equipped with only traditional sling swivel studs.
There are much more expensive bipods on the market than what I have recommended above. These are much higher priced overall than my recommendations above and are somewhat overkill for this application.
In our game, keeping costs down makes sense. After all that is probably one reason we are shooting rimfire to begin with. Having a scope on a rimfire rifle that is more expensive than the rifle might make sense. But it doesn't make sense to me to have a bipod that is more expensive than the rifle, especially when great performance can be had for much less.
10/22's also don't generate a lot recoil which means they generate much less wear on accessories and components than big bores. The recommendations above will last forever on a 10/22.
If you want to spend more on a more expensive bipod by all means, that is your choice. But if you are smart, one of these will work just fine.