I have definitely been to places in the United States where the .17 hmr would be a lot less useful. Here we get 5-10 mile per hour breezes and occasional gusty days that are not conducive to hunting. It does really well here because it isn't very windy and shots are usually not so far that wind has much effect.
Here it is very possible to hit them at 100+ yards on a calm day, you just have to take your time, note the wind, and wait for the right shot. Its pretty intense when you spot a couple of them at 100 yards running through the trees way out there and you get them in your rifle scope tracking them as they run full speed through the trees until one finally stops long enough for you to squeeze the trigger and you see it fall out of the tree. Whenever I can manage a shot like that it is satisfying and it makes the heart race.