After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I finally bought a .17 caliber rimfire. With the increased number of homes going up in the area, I felt I needed a round that was less likely to ricochette than a 22 LR or magnum. I picked up a laminated stock, stainless steel Marlin 917 with an aftermarket Rifle Basix trigger in the .17 HMR from a guy who was not happy with its performance on animals. I have been so busy that I haven't been able to fire it yet despite having my own range out the back door!! I currently have a 3x9 Burris Signature scope on it but that will probably change sometime in the future. My main use for it will be on small pests like ground squirrels and red squirrels and I think it will work well for that.