Even a .223 at 300 drops fast. A 17 or 20gr .17HMR sheds energy and velocity even faster. 150 yards is about max w/ a breeze. 200 yards, good luck hitting anything. I use a 4-16x42mmAO on mine, hard to find small targets that move at 100+ in the tall grass. They are good for, as the OP stated plinking and vermin at shorter distance. They are fun!
(old 6-24x40mmAO in pic)