I have a savage model 93 in 17hmr. Ammo is cheap and available and the rifle is a tac driver. That said , there has been a problem with extraction. On savage shooters they say to put a second c-clip on the extractor to tighten it up. If I had it to do over I would get the 22 mag instead. A little heavier bullet for coyotes and less sesitive to fouling. My hmr 17 opens up after adout 15 shots. If you shoot it much the cleaning becomes a pia. I would still get the savage again even with the extractor problem as it is very accurate.
I have shot everything from prairie dogs to yotes with my 17 HMR - It is one of those guns I don't think I will ever sell. Its accurate, fairly cheap to shoot and does not seem to ricochet like the 22LR or 22 Mag. I have the Marlin but if I was to do it over again I would have went the Savage route instead (already upgraded to a timney trigger and better stock). I too have extractor problems from time to time.
The only drawback to the .17 HMR is if there is much wind you get a lot of drift but what do you expect with a 17 gr bullet.
Looks like a jewell to me. I am sure it will shoot lights out as with my experience the savages shoot tiny little groups with those tiny little bullets. Could you have picked a bigger scope for the little bugger?!
I have a bad itch to get another one myself. Thanks for contributing to my bad habits.