I have the marlin model 17V with a swift 6X18 scope. Love it. Don't hardly use my 22 mag anymore. When a bird is hit with the 17 they actually explode into a big fluffball. Shoot a pepsi bottle filled with water and it's unreal the damage it will do. Also it will penetrate a 20lb propane bottle which surprised me. It will kill a deer,coyote,groundhog,turkey,pig,coon,possum, etc. (just take my word for it) The amazing thing is the bullet explodes (even in soft tissue) and leaves no evidence for tracing back to the gun.
Surprised the anti-gunners haven't pushed that issue.
One thing that bothers me is the fact you can chamber a regular 22 cal shell in the chamber. Not sure what would happen if someone actually pulled the trigger.
I also have the Ruger 17 hmr new model single-six (first pistol on the market in 17 cal). I ordered it as soon as they first advertised it and it took over 6 months till I got it. I was also the 1st one to recieve it in Bedford county. (braggin rights) Havn't killed anything with it but does good plinking. My neighbor shoots better with it than I can
I also bought 2 bricks of the Hornady varmint experss with the v-max bullet (red tip). Also have a brick of the federal premium (black tip) Seems to work real well for me. Did I mention I love it