I was a big 17HMR fan for about 18 months. Then one day I saw a guy that was shooting about the same size group as Iwas shooting and he was using a 22lr. With the price of ammo I decided that the 22 LR would be a better fit and traded in my 17HMR for a 10/22 + change.
did I mention here in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho there is a lot of wind? The 17HMR seems to be more effected by the wind than the 22.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple