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JayCody 10-06-2013 02:14 AM

Would a rifle chambered in 17 HMR be a good Home Defense Firearm? It's more powerful then the 22lr and i don't think it would over penetrate.

Anna_Purna 10-06-2013 02:18 AM

A baseball bat is better than your hands. What kind of 17HMR, bolt? Auto loader?

JayCody 10-06-2013 02:20 AM

I don't think there are many semi auto 17HMR rifles. it would most likely be a bolt gun.

Anna_Purna 10-06-2013 02:22 AM

There are a handful, but some are pretty pricey

JayCody 10-06-2013 02:26 AM

The thing I like about it is that even through the ammo shortage it was available. You can get a 17 HMR Rifle with a scope for $299.00

texaswoodworker 10-06-2013 03:13 AM

It's better than nothing, but no where near ideal.

Rifle and a scope for $300? First off, the scope is not much good in a home defense situation, and might actually get in your way. Red dot or simple iron sights are better for close range shooting. I'm guessing it's also a bolt action correct? Not a great choice for home defense.

For $300, you'd be better off going for a shotgun (there are plenty of pumps out there for under $200), or a cheap handgun (in price, not quality).

You can get a CZ-82 in 9x18mm Makarov for about $260.

http://www.jgsales.com/cz-82-czech-9x18-makarov-military-pistol,-good-to-very-good-condition,-used,-c-r.-p-3050.html

9mm Makarov is a little more powerful than a .380. It's not something you would probably find on a Walmart shelf, but it is out there and is less likely to be effected by a buying craze than something like 9mm or 45 ACP.

Here's some hollow points for it.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/530341/buffalo-bore-ammunition-9x18mm-9mm-makarov-95-grain-jacketed-hollow-point-box-of-20

This is only a suggestion. There are plenty of other good guns out there that would be within your price range.

Anna_Purna 10-06-2013 03:18 AM

a shotgun is cheaper and more effective

c3shooter 10-06-2013 03:32 AM

Quite accurate, and potentially quite lethal. However, stopping power is about par with a slingshot, and probably less that a golf club.

Listen to Joe Biden- get a shotgun.

Vikingdad 10-06-2013 05:01 AM

I wouldn't.

DrumJunkie 10-06-2013 07:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JayCody (Post 1393642)
Would a rifle chambered in 17 HMR be a good Home Defense Firearm? It's more powerful then the 22lr and i don't think it would over penetrate.

For the price of a scoped 17HMR you cna have a decent 12 gauge. And it is a good HD weapon.


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