It's a good cartridge for some things, and lousy for others. You haven't said anything about what you are wanting to do with it.
I used a 17HMR as a companion for walks around my farm in the mornings, and it worked well for the type of varmints I found, at the kind of ranges I tended to encounter them at.
Have you thought about what you want to do with the rifle?
Edited by charlesb (11/16/15 07:38 PM)
Kind regards, charlesb