Thanks for sharing that. I'm very envious. I would dearly love to come out your way at some point and shoot prairie dogs. We don't have any shooting opportunities remotely similar to that here in the east. To sit in one place and shoot all day is something I can only dream about! Enjoy that new Savage! You made an excellent choice.It is a shooter. That cabellas tactical scope makes it hard to miss. I hunt with it as well as target practice. excellent prairie dogger out to about 175 or so. And that little .17 makes em fly too. My buddy has the savage with the thumbhole stock. and it seems that they shoot much the same. The bipods are great, they extend long enough so you can sit on a hill and shoot all day.