I just wanted to make and introductory post, I like it when people do it on my site so figured I would do it here. In my family my Grandfather would present a 22 caliber rifle to each grandson upon birth, so I guess I got my first Marlin (M80 I think) back in 1973. That rifle was a little too large for me to carry until I was about 15 though. When I was about 9 years old my Dad bought my brother and I each a Marlin 22Y "Little Buckaroo", we both learned gun safety and killed many rabbits, squirrels, cans, and paper targets with them. I still own both of these 22's and will keep them forever or give them to my kids when the time is right.
I just bought a 917V from Wal-Mart on 20 July. I finally got to take it to the range today. I have never shot a rifle that did not make me at least blink upon firing. It was kind of weird to observe the "smoke" through the scope the first few shots. I used the CCI 17gr ammo that Wal-Mart sells. After sighting it in at 100 yards I have been able to obtain groupings the size of a nickel. Not bad for no modifications done to it. I decided to try it out at 200 yards and they are not quite as good (as I suspected would be the case). The groupings at 200 yards were about 8 inches low and 4 inches to the right, and were about 5" in diameter. LOL
I would like to buy a gray laminate stock and also the rifle basix trigger sometime in the near future. The factory trigger pull and slop is quite excessive, but still enjoyable to shoot.