My hunting lease has a nice cedar sided house sitting right smack dab in the middle of it. Part of my lease agreement involves maintaining the yard surrounding the house. This year the woodchuck population is causing me fits. They are digging under and around the foundations of the outbuildings and have started on the house. These woodchucks are on high alert all of the time and hang out just beyond 22lr range. Last night I bought a Mossberg Intl 817 in 17 HMR. This is a cheap gun and I got mine for under $200. This morning I stuck a cheap Tasco World Class 3x9x40 scope on it. The trigger is crisp but way heavy at about 7 lbs. In spite of this I was able to shoot a 2 inch group at 100 yards. I took the gun appart and looked at the trigger to see what it was gonna take to lighten that awful trigger and it looks like it aint gonna be easy so for now it stays as is.
Have any of you guys messed with one of these rifles/triggers? They look a bit frail having the skinniest bolts that I have ever seen. This gun will spend a lot of time leaning against a tree, laying in the wood trailer or strapped on the rack of my Grizzly as I work. It will get beat up some. I am just wondering if it is up to the task.
Anyone have any experience with this gun?