I gave in and picked up a .17HMR.
It's just a plain jane model from Walmart:
This was a 4 shot group. I shot a total of 7 shots; 3 to get close, then the last 4 to see what the rifle could do out of the box.
I've got a cheap Center Point scope on it temporarily. I threw it on because I was anxious to see how well the Marlin would shoot. I've ordered a Mueller APV 4.5X14 that will be here next week.
After I get the new scope, then I'll get serious about sighting in.
Pardon the phone pics.
The trigger is really heavy, though. It works fine enough for target work, but it could prove difficult when hunting, when you don't have time to concentrate on the trigger movement.
I'll start with a spring swap; if that doesn't meet my fancy, then a Rifle Basix trigger group may be in order.