Just wondering why not ricks1 ? I have a custom built 17 rem on a Remington 722 action and a 26 inch shilen barrel. I have taken several varmints with it and a great little rifle for recoil and shoots with extreme accuracy.
I build 700's. The .17 Rem is a superb short range varmint round. The only "why not" would be that you must clean it every 5 to 10 shots to maintain its accuracy. The round leaves quite a bit of residue in the barrel and with such a tiny bore, the lands and grooves get fouled quickly. No bid deal, you just have to clean a lot.
The .17 Fireball is the solution to the fouling problem. Nearly the same ballistics as its cousin, the Fireball uses a much more efficient case which leaves much less fouling and requires much less cleaning to maintain its accuracy. The Fireball is also enjoying a bit of popularity right now so ammo is not too hard to find.
Either one is a bunch of fun to shoot. Enjoy whichever you choose.
Doug Brown I forgot that my brother has a Remington 700 BDL .17 rem with less then 20 rounds fired through it with some nice wood. The trigger has been reworked with lighter springs and polishing work done, stock has been glass bedded. The hanload is written down in his book, he only loaded the one hanload and it shot so good he stopped with that load he then put it away.I just spoke with him. he said he would sell it for 650.00 plus shipping to your FFL unless you live in KY, then it can be face to face maybe.He also said he thinks he has the box it came in.