Or...a little Remington Mohawk 600 if you can find one in .222. I shot a big 'yote in my backyard...and...shhh, this may be fiction, but he was in my backyard whre I live about three miles from downtown Los Angeles. LOL...but a true figment in my imagination or maybe not. Anyway, the .222 in a small gun is a great walking around gun and caliber and allegedly more accurate than the .223.
I have tried several over the years. The 17 HMR is woefully inadequate. The 22WMR is probably o.k. to 100 yards if you can hit the head/heart but I think it is marginal. I use either a .222 Rem (Savage 24V) with 55gr spitzers and a 3" 20ga with #4 copper if they sneak up on me, a .223 Contender carbine or a 77 Ruger .243. The .243 blows a big hole out the far side so it isn't for pelt hunters. I like solids in the .223.