Re: Is the .17 Remington all that?
This may or may not be germane to the discussion, but I will throw it out for what it is worth. I have personally never met a contest hunter or a night hunter that did anything more than experiment with a seventeen. And, not for long. There is one guy, never did meet him, but he does use 17 and 14 caliber in specific applications. However, I also have heard that he depends on a hot 25 caliber chambering for those longish shots. In other words, he is not inclined to walk out and search all night for a runner shot with a sub caliber. It just doesn't make sense to shoot seventeen caliber and claim that it works as well as a 220 Swift ort a 22-250. You have to draw the line somewhere between certain kills and minimal damage, and most dedicated predator hunters that I know, (and I know thousands) will error on the side of force. But, bottom line; make your own determination on what is best for your particular situation.
Good hunting. LB