Went out dog shooting yesterday. The shots were anywhere from 50-300+ yards. The 17HM2 was fantastic!! I found I shot it the most. I had a 204, 220 Swift, 223 for the longer shots, but it wasnt as much fun as the M2. 90% of the shooting was at 150-225 yards. The 17HM2 killed dogs at those distances with out any problems. It doesnt explode them like the centerfires do, but it sure wacks them! The problem we had yesterday was the wind. I had to put some left windage on, but once you figured out your drift it was all over for the varmits :wink: Many of the shots we were getting were just a head sticking up out of the hole, it's not much of a target at 75 yards let a lone 150+ I was very impressed with the little round. I shot 200 rounds out of it yesterday. My plan ws to just get the NEF Sportster and shoot it until Marlin gets out 717M2, but the way this little rifle shoots there is no way I'm getting rid of it. I only shot about 50 rounds out of 17 HMR, the Mach2 did as well as the mag did. I reaked havoc on the sparrows and starlings, but wsnt sure what to expect yesterday. This will be one of these rifles that I grab every time I leave the house to go a field. I cant wait to get my hands on the Marlin 717M2.