FX recommendation for installing bipod?

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    arod2000
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    Does FX have a recommendation for installing a bipod on the Wildcat? I read about the one guy who damaged his stock (and it sounds like that was his mistake drilling the hole too large). 

    I followed Teds lead in another thread here and bought the Harris bipod and the screw in QD Swivel Bases w the white washer. Just hesitant to install it because I’ve never done it on a synthetic stock. 

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    “arod2000”Does FX have a recommendation for installing a bipod on the Wildcat? I read about the one guy who damaged his stock (and it sounds like that was his mistake drilling the hole too large). 

    I followed Teds lead in another thread here and bought the Harris bipod and the screw in QD Swivel Bases w the white washer. Just hesitant to install it because I’ve never done it on a synthetic stock. 

    
The process is easy but you have to be careful.  If you aren’t confident then search you tube and you will find a detailed video of installation on the bobcat. It has step by step instructions.  If that doesn’t work then go to a gun shop and get it installed. 

    Here is the video 

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    Siscakidd
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    “arod2000”Does FX have a recommendation for installing a bipod on the Wildcat? I read about the one guy who damaged his stock (and it sounds like that was his mistake drilling the hole too large). 

    I followed Teds lead in another thread here and bought the Harris bipod and the screw in QD Swivel Bases w the white washer. Just hesitant to install it because I’ve never done it on a synthetic stock. 

    
I did just what Ted said to do… Followed the links he put up…took all of 5 mins to install and it is rock solid ,just make sure the hole you drill is not to big and you will be fine

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    arod2000
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    Thanks for the replies. But your answers are two different ways to do it. The only difference I care about is using helicoil vs. using wood screw QD Swivel bases. Big difference. Would certainly like to hear FX’s opinion since they know the specs of the stock material better than anyone. 

    btw, I’m confident in doing mechanical work so it’s not me that I’m concerned about. Just want to know what the mfg suggests. With the force of the springs on the Harris bipod it’s pretty clear to me that it exerts a fair amount of force on whatever it’s attached to. 

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    Killzone
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    While we wait for FX to reply with their recommendations, I thought I would chime in and mention that the helicoil method requires a special tap to properly install.  

    I also think the problem with the helicoil and sling stud method is the preload put on the stud when installing the bi-pod. I am not certain the material used in the fabrication of the FX stocks but my guess is an expanding polyurethane injected into a mold and possibly an after molding over spray coating. The material does not lend itself well to threading fasteners into it and a helicoil only allows a better surface for the threads to bear against and a lager diameter and greater shear area than just the fastener. The failure scenario is with the shearing of the threads of the stock material.  

    When installing the Harris style bipod and applying torque to secure it on the rifle, tension is put on the sling stud. If enough tension is allied to the stud and the levering of the bipod legs to the operational position the shear load put on the threaded portion of the stock material and the sling stud will be enough to shear the stock material and the stud will pull out. This arrangement may work for a while but I think it will eventually fail.  

    Here is a method I used to install an Atlas rail to a BobCat stock using T-Nuts that could be modified to use hex nuts. I used T-Nut because I didn’t have access the far side of the mounting hole to counter bore a hole for the hex. But I think there is access to the WildCat.  
    http://airgunnation.dev/topic/mounting-an-atlas-picatinny-rail-to-your-fx-stock/

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    MarkUK
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    FX have not replied to the thread yet, but I would expect them to recommend you use their Tube Clamp.
    It says on their accessories page that it is designed to fit on all their 33mm tubes.

    http://www.fxairguns.com/cat/accessories/

    The picture is not brilliant, but when enlarged, it looks like a swivel stud under the clamp, suitable for a bipod or sling.

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    arod2000
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    Thank you for posting that MarkUK. I knew about that but had forgotten about it. I have a call into AoA to check pricing….hopefully not $100!

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    arod2000
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    It’s $59 and I’ll have it soon. Will post pics. 

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    MVW
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    Hi. Some great info hear –  thanks everyone. Has anyone got a pic they can post of the 2 stock securing screws on the FX Wildcat [.22]. I can only see one just forward of the trigger guard. I am assuming the other is under the magazine holder which I fitted. I’m loathe to remove it without good reason as I had thread locked the securing bolt. Why it didn’t have a Nylock nut I don’t know. Any help/guidance gratefully received.

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    Hi MVW. Yes the other screw is under the magazine holder. As far as mounting a bipod , AOA mounted an atlas rail on my wildcat using two wood screws. Predrill slightly smaller holes and the black wood screws threaded nicely into the stock. I recently unscrewed them to add a few drops of superglue into the holes and permanently screwed them in. My bipod has a lot of spring tension and the screws hold no problem.

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    MVW
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    Thanks FastEddie; I’ll now remove the mag holder to expose the screw – Doh! I’m going to use a brass threaded insert to take a swivel stud [as used with the HW100]; this will allow me to utilise the fitting for a swivel to picatinny/weaver mount, a bipod, a sling etc… or even take out the swivel stud and replace with the blanking stud [also as fitted to HW100], thus returning the gun to it’s standard condition. I’ll post some pics for others to use if they should want once I’ve finished the job. This site is so useful. Thanks again for the advice.

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    Simidee
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    I installed quick swivel studs on my .25 Wildcat and use a Harris Bipod and a sling. I works just fine, just be sure that you follow the installation instructions.

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    Simidee
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    Hi MVW

    I was refering to the instructions that come with the swivel studs, but I see that you have it all sorted out. Good Luck and enjoy that Wildcat! : )

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    HavocX
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    How thick is it between the air tube and bottom of the stock on the Bobcat? Seems very thin on the ones i’ve seen and i’m afraid my wood stock sling studs are too long. 

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    stelthcowboy
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    howdy everyone, new dude here. i installed my wildcat bipod with the weaver section one receives with the UTG 360 recon bipod(a piece of the sling stud adapter kit packaged with it). drilled four holes through it, drilled four slender holes in the stock, and finally, i used rivets to secure it. it has held fast ever since. if it ever does loosen, one can secure it again by using a rivet of slightly larger diameter.

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