Most of you are familiar with my Savage bolt action .223. The idea behind the rifle was to begin with an out of the box rifle on a budget capable of MOA groups with off the shelf readily available ammo. I've not spent a lot on the rifle and to stay on the low end of the budget, I compromised on a few things. I didn't get a rifle with a bedded stock (accustock for Savage) and it doesn't have a detachable box magazine nor does it accept AR magazines like the Mossberg MVP rifle series. I've found the gun is capable of sub-MOA groups though more commonly I'm shooting a little larger than MOA. So here the budget part of the project continues. I want to put a bi-pod on it and I have found a means of keeping the cost low (in fact free to me via an e-gift card for Amazon I won). I can get a UTG QD lever mount adjustable bi-pod and still have $$$ to purchase a book my youngest has been wanting. I've had a Magpul MOE rail for about 7 years that's never been used so that's what I'll use for the mount. But I need some advice. I need to attach the rail to forend and possibly move my sling stud back. How would you folks recommend attaching the rail? If I move the sling stud back I can use that as a reference and pick up some like hardware, which I'm assuming is threaded similar to a wood screw. In my mind the most solid way would be to remove the stock and add washers or some sort of backing but if the sling stud is just run into the forend without being backed up then I won't worry about it. I won't be hanging anything off it. Would you drill a pilot hole first? I'm thinking yes.