I think it's time to quit while we are ahead. We have total agreement in an on-line forum. <grin>
SSGN_Doc, Tjurgensen, and Mercator. Thanks for your input and the explanations to go with it. This is the way I was leaning, too, which is why I made sure to point out what I was using the rifle for. I would probably have mounted the bipod with the legs folding back if it was going to see a lot of woods time just so I wouldn't be catching vines all day. At the range there is nothing to catch on, so I need to mount it in a way that serves that purpose best.
The reason I didn't just jump right on the forward folding mounting is that I couldn't figure out which way I was more likely to run into a folding problem. I knew I would have forces in both directions at one stage or another, but which was more likely to cause problems? I figured I would come out way ahead to ask those with experience, and look what happened. Everybody agreed.
Thanks again, everybody.