First, I want to thank the moderators for having a good and useful sight. Secondly, I want to thank anyone that helps me with this issue. I have been wanting to get a good shooter for awhile, and because I am going to use this mostly for target practice, I am looking into small calibur weapons. My friend has a Savage Arms .17 hmr, and I spent a few days at the range helping him sight the weapon, and I have to say, I like it. I have been looking into the Mossberg 817 with the vented thumb slot, and sticking a Simmons 3x-9x scope on the top. Is this a good combination for under $300, or are there better set-ups? Also, does anyone have a bipod mounted on their .17? and which would you recommend? Thank you again in advance. Rusty Iowa.