I got my new Marlin 717M2 semi-auto in 17HM2, and what a beaut it is! There was just enough time tonight to shoot a few hedge apples in my friends pasture. Seems to be accurate to hit a hedge apple at about 70 yards. I will get it on paper to get it sighted in and see how it shoots. It functions flawlessly! Tomray was right....it was worth the wait. I have a feeling this will be one of those rifles that goes with me every time I leave the house.