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Personally, for what you want it for, I like the round. I don't expect it to be a multi-purpose round, but for plinking and ridding the yard of crows or squirrels, it's a great little cartridge. Especially for refining basic rifle skills without having to worry about getting worn out by recoil.

As for the bipod, let me ask you this, do you have a backpack? Everyone does these days and that will serve you INFINITELY better than a bipod will.

Why?

Because of an issue called "Cant" - and no, I didn't spell it wrong. :cool:

It's the tilting of the rifle on an axis along the bore because the legs of the bipod are independant of one another and have that ability.

Why?

In case you need to set it up on two different elevations, like a normal rugged terrain situation.

Now, they have a mount up add on that you can put on your scope, called of all things - an Anti Cant Device - that works like a level does for a carpenter. You set up the bipod, align the bubble and you are true to shooting, just like off the bench.

The bipod is going to cost you money, and the Anti Cant, if you choose to buy it, is going to cost you some more cash. Why not throw an old towel, or an old pillow or blanket in your backpack, throw it down and use it as your platform? A lot of snipers do exactly that, both for practice and for the real deal.

There is a guy here, truevil1313, who can tell you all about it. He be one of them trained, long range, you won't hear the shot that kills you types. :D

My vote, ditch the bipod idea and put a little more money into your scope choice. Better optics lead to better shooting. As does trigger control, breathing, practice, practice, practice, fire formed brass, round consistency, practice, wind reading, practice, mirage identification..... and the list goes on.

Welcome to the Forum - Hope you stick around with us for while. Now get an AV! :D

JD
 

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^ True. But 1) The .17hmr rifles aren't that heavy and 2) you can take stuff to the range in your backpack, like granola bars, water, ammo that makes a day of shooting that much more enjoyable without any extra stuff...

Just a thought...
 
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