Update on my post re:17HMR
I'm a lot less happy with the 17 HMR than I was a few weeks back. After shooting coyote twice in the chest at 30-50 yards and having it fall both times only to see it escape, I'm going to pull my recommendation for use on coyote.
As for rabbits, I see no problem shooting them out to 125 yards as long as the wind is calm. The 17 has the accuracy and flat trajectory for this use but suffers in the wind regardless of some of the comments about little wind drift.