thanks BOCf! I did find the 17 Hornet ammo. I had to drive 90 miles one way and I cleared out the store's inventory when I got there (I bought 9 boxes total) but I found the stuff. Ticks me off that it's this hard to get because it's a hellava cartridge. Now all I need to do is buy a scope for my new rifle and I'm good to go. I got a friend who has a nice Leupold scope that he doesn't want anymore and he says he'll sell it to me for $400.00, which is a great deal.
thanks again for the link!