Re: 17 HMR vs 22 mag
Although i've haven't had the chance to use a .17 yet my choice would be the .22 Magnum. I have an old sterling 1500 thats been bedded in epoxy and had the barrel floated and it will shoot .5 - .75 inch groups at 100y with Winchester Supreme ammo, Remington premiers shoot about the same but they're not worth the extra $13 a box.
With the 34gr jhp supreme i've cleanly killed wallabies and 'roos out to about 270y with chest shots.
For a rifle i like the CZ line, with a little work these guns can be made shoot really well [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] .
Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs & cackling "You're next". They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.