I finally got to go out with a good buddy of mine whom also was a varmint hunting newbie and do some shooting. We were out in Eastern oregon in an area where they only allow rimfire rifles. Now, I can tell you it's a whole new world shooting critter pictures off a target stand from a bench. Holy cow is it alot more tough than I would have thought. I will have to say, I am amazed at the accuracy of my Savage 93 with a BSA sweet 17 scope on it. I had 2 confirmed 300+ yard hits. I found the 20gr xtp bullet a little more accurate for my set up than the 17 gr. bt. We had a great time and after seeing what a .17 does to a sage rat I couldn't imagine using my 25-06 on them or even my .223 for that matter. I can see why it is addicting. In the matter of two days I went through 300 rounds with a kill ratio of roughly 48%. Now, I also learned that after about 350 yards the drop of the .17 bullet is so dramatic you really can't compute for it. My buddies 22mag did great as well but he was unable to be accurate after roughly 175 yards. He was shooting the CCI's with the hornady bullets. Too much fun and we are headed back out in June when they turn up the fields. What a great time!