I needed a cheap rifle for some companions that I didn't have to reload for. I ordered a Ruger 77/17 in .17 WSM to try out. So far it's been quite fun. The factory trigger was unsurprisingly terrible, so I replaced the sear with Timney and the trigger with the Rifle Basix. Now it's quite nice, and how triggers should be from the factory. I'll definitely be looking for a new stock for it, as the sporter it ships with has terrible ergos.
I stuck a cheapo vortex PST genII on top and it works well enough.
Pretty gusty 15-20mph day when I took these pictures, but during a pause in the wind I was able to connect with a couple out at 275yds. Killed them flat dead. Also got a double, pictured below. Surprising that these little 17's can penetrate like that.
Here's an average 100yd group it will produce. Not great, not horrible. Maybe if someone would start making some decent ammo for them, we'll get to see what this cartridge is really capable of.