purchased a .17 hmr rifle when they first came out in 1999or 00 dont remember but man those guns are sweet. mine is a marlin stainless/gray lam. with leupold var. x 3 4-12. makes squirel hunting way easier thats for sure, i took a squirel at 108 yards last year. would look into the 17 hmr if you do not already own one, the coolest rimfire round you will ever see. have had best luck w/ hornady 17 grain rounds groups 1" groups at 100 yds. today our squirel season opened with 30 mile an hour winds..... maybe tomm.