I'll go with the group. I've used both, and the .22 mag is, in my opinion, far more versatile than the .17. I've taken coyotes and groundhog at 170 with the .22 Mag, , though I seldom take a shot past 150, simply because of trajectory, and that's all the range I need for a small cartridge. Truthfully, if I want to reach out past 150, I'm skipping the .17 and going with the .222 for small game, and the .223 for somewhat larger game. Just for personal preference, I prefer the .243, if deer sized game come into the picture.