I recently got bitten by the 17WSM bug. I bought two of them one in a Savage BMag and the other a Ruger 77. The Savage looked like it was made by Mattel and sent it back so they could wrap it in plastic and stick it in a Cracker Jack Box. The Ruger is a nice gun. However after a side by side comparison of shooting holes in stuff with the 17WSM and my Ruger American 22 Mag.... it's tit for tat.
I have been watching 22 Mag prices and they are running $35/100. I found 17WSM ammo for about half that so I snatched up 2,000 of them. I still like my 22mag better for a hunting in the woods gun but will use the 17WSM for shooting cow pies and gophers.
If the price of 22 Mag ammo ever becomes reasonable again then I will buy a pile of them and it will be to shoot and not hoard.