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Have Freeland stand and made own ground stake [also doubles for frog gigging} ite longer than standard
When I bought the tripod base for my Freeland stand, I saw the ground spikes. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of firing lines on grass or soft ground here in Utah. The firing lines at my club are on ground harder than concrete, that spike wouldn't be straight anymore if you could get it pounded in!
I've had an Ewing's scope stand for about 20 years now. Even with the scope raised for offhand the stand is stable. Before that I had a Freeland with a homemade lead 5 lb. weight. I have had no troubles with the stand.
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