I have a Browning A-bolt Gold Medalion in .22WMR. When my boys were a bit younger I wanted a vermin gun (woodchucks, weasel, fox) that they could use and come out without using my Browning (selfish, I know). I would also feel comfortable w/ them taking to a freinds house or out without me. They love the Marlin 917V. Very accurate little rig. I'm not sure there is an inaccurate .17.
Sorry, had to take a phone call. The .22WMR and .17HMR may be similar, they are both fun, buy my A-bolt will out shoot my Marlin .17 all day long. They both fill the same nitch. My Browning is more of a carry in the field gun, while the Marlin is great for an ambush. Both wear Bushnell Trophy scopes, the old one w/ amberglow optics. Both fun and cheap to shoot.