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Deben Bipod

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by kermitboy1, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. kermitboy1

    kermitboy1 Banned

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    Has anyone purchased one of these, and got any opinion on it. Its just that they seem to come in somewhat cheaper than the Harris alternative. Cheers in advance. KB1:up:
     
  2. Steve K

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    Nothing is as good as a Harris, some will say their cheap bi pod is as good as a Harris, but that's wishful thinking.

    The Deben isn't bad, but way behind a Harris in quality and function.
    Imo, the Harris is over priced but still the best ;)
     
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    I fail to see how the harris functions any better , had my debon 9-13 tilt for 4 years and it still works the same . as far as function goes you unfold legs release to length and fold away therse not much to it realy
     
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    Bought mine secondhand so don't know how old it is but it works great, can't see why I would need to spend more money on something just because it say Harris on it.
     
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    I use a Deben tripod and it works great, I also I can't see how paying more for what is a basically a non-performance enhancing product can be of any benefit. My only issue with mine are the leg spring release levers catch against the underside of the stock but some insulation tape on the stock stop any scratching so I can live with it.
     
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    I have one and it works fine - I too don't see why you would want to spend the extra on a Harris one. The Deben one works just fine.

    That said - my mates bought a non-branded one from ebay for around £20 and we cant really see any differences in the two except for my Deben one had a rubber sleeve over the leg springs whereas the ebay one doesn't, but that was it. If I was buying one again I would most likely get the £20 job from ebay in all honesty as you can get 3 for the price of the Deben, or nearly 5 for the price of the Harris!
     
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    Which gun is yours attached too?
     
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    Iv had mine now for a few years and its still doing the job well but my mates harris is a better bipod as in it looks better quality and I think its a bit lighter but they do the same job when in the field ....as said a bipods job isnt a hard one lol atb
     
  9. secretagentmole

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    Had a Deben, half the price of a Harris.

    First day out the adhesive pads came loose and had to be gaffer taped in position. A week later and the left hand pin that attaches to the QD Stud came out, this was repaired, then the other came out. Then the damned spring off the right leg came off as I was lowering it and smacked me over the knuckles, That was it, thew it in the bin.

    Bought a Harris. A Harris has a lifetime warranty against defects, a Deben does not. A Harris feels like quality. A Deben does not. Will I ever buy another Deben bipod again? No!
     
  10. Kenbarcon

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    You sure it was a deben and not a Chinese copy ?
     
  11. kermitboy1

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    Thanks guys, some valid points there. I have a Harris already, which like you say, cost a small fortune for what it does. However I would like a second, in order that I don't have to keep removing the carry strap from my R/f when moving the bipod to one of my air rifles. The Harris functions well, but like many of you have pointed out already, what has a bipod to do, but be a bipod. ?. I can understand about possible weight issues, but I carry enough crap around in a small bag already. Think I am going to go for one of the 'bay' £20 pounders and take a chance. Will report back with my thoughts. Cheers again KB1
     
  12. The Robin

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    I have a Deben 9-13 tilt swivel bi pod and it's been spot on for me for the last two years. It's been out in all weathers and it's never let me down. I can't compare it to any other set up because it's the only one I've ever used but I'm after another one for our lad and i will get a Deben one again
     
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    Thanks, that's always a good thing to hear when someone advocates that they would buy again. Cheers, perhaps i wont go for the twenty pounder after all. LOL. Cheers. KB1
     
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    It will fall to bits on me now :rolleyes: :) I was in the same boat when looking round and I thought Harris ones where too much so gambled on the Deben and it's worked well for me. What I will say is whatever you get pay that bit more and get the tilt swivel one, if out on uneven ground there worth it :up:
     
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    That's kind of you to point that out, my Harris is of that ilk. I have never seen how Harris can justify the price of what is basically two folding bits of metal. Thanks Deben sounds like it will be the way to go. Cheers.KB1
     
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    When you pick up a Deben you will know why, it feels light and flimsy compared to a Harris!
     
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    As I've already said, I can't compare the Deben to anything else because I've never used anything else. Regarding how your Deben bi pod was not right did you get onto Deben to replace it? Maybe you had a bad one? These things happen but good companies sort the problem.
     
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    After the crack across the knuckles I could no longer stand it, bought a Harris from Michael Tawn who is but a few miles away from me, never bought anything else since and won't, they are my knuckles I am saving!
     
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    As i mentioned in a similar thread, all of my bi pods are Harris, in fact i have spent a small fortune on them as i have a lot of guns and if they have a bi pod mounted it's a Harris.

    A few years back when buying a new rifle and scope etc i asked the shop owner for a Harris 9"-13" swivel bi pod, they'd sold out, i've got the equivalent in Deben he said, i asked if they're ok? He said they're pretty good but not as good as Harris but cheaper.

    I decided to take one, after a couple of hunting sessions i noticed the knurled adjuster lock nut kept coming loose, i thought about putting thread lock on it but that would have made it useless so had to keep making sure it hadn't worked loose. a few trips later in the middle of the night it had worked loose and every thing had fallen off whilst i had been walking around.
    Took it back to the shop and they exchanged without quibble, then after a couple of weeks the new one did the same, also one of the legs wouldn't stay locked, and the rubber pads both came off when i removed it from the rifle.

    Returned it again, got a refund and went another shop and bought a Harris, no more problems.

    I found the Deben to be pretty shoddy like all the other cheaper copies but, i do use my guns so they're not wrapped in cotton wool all the time, i guess everybody will have different experiences but for me the Harris although very expensive is way better than anything else i've seen, and i've seen a good few ;)
     
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    As I said before I love my deben, never had any problems with it and as the saying goes "it does exactly what is says on the tin"
     

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