I'm not trying to be difficult here, to each there own and all that, but what is the desire for such a tiny caliber in a handgun?
Just caliber compatibility between your rifle and handgun? I get that. Otherwise I'd actually prefer the .22 LR or .22 WMR from a handgun. I'm not a .17 expert other than the bolt-action my brother-in-law owns but it seems like a very good rifle round if you know what I mean.
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