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Wheelspin 12-14-2009 02:03 AM

.22LR or .17HMR ?
Hope this subject hasn't been asked to death? did a quick search and didn't find anything.

I asked in another forum about the pro and cons of a semi-auto over a bolt action and got alot of useful replies, thank you all. So my next question is hopefully for shooters among you who own and shoot both .22LR and .17HMR, which do you prefer?

This will be my first, rifle for target shooting around the 75/100 yard range. No little furry live targets, just the paper variety :p

.22LR would be the cheaper option ammo wise but is the .17HMR more accurate over longer distances? Is it a more satisfying round to shoot (feel, sound etc)?

I was looking purely at .22LR rifles but should I be looking at both calibers.

Any input would be appreciated.

stalkingbear 12-14-2009 02:12 AM

In my opinion,you should stick with the .22LR. The ammo cost is just so much higher with the .17HMR and you have to have "magnum" length action in order to shoot the .17HMR as it's just a .22 magnum necked down to take a .17 bullet.

chucksolo69 12-17-2009 03:24 PM

You might want to try the .17 Mach2. This is a faster, flatter shooting cartridge based on the .22 LR case necked down to .17 caliber. It is a little more expensive ammo than the .22 but has much better ballistics according to some articles I have read on the cartridge.

cpttango30 12-17-2009 03:42 PM

for the price of the 17 rim fire stuff you can be buying top of the line 22lr target ammo and turning in some super tight groups. For Plinking I would go with the 22lr. If I were hunting I would go with either the 22lr or 22 mag they are still cheaper than the 17 rf stuff.

pioneer461 12-17-2009 03:53 PM

I own both a .22lr (Ruger 10/22) semi-auto and a .17hmr (Marlin 17V) bolt gun. Both are equipped with Leupold optics. My Ruger 10/22 has been customized and the only stock part on it is the receiver. I was not too happy with the Ruger out of the box. The Marlin .17 is as it came from the factory. Both are tack-drivers!

Your average .22 lr round tends to start pooping out over 50 yds. depending on ammo, but the .17hmr can reach out to 150+ yards and still maintain a tight group.

I've used both for varmints and both work well, within their respective limitations. The .17 is a bit more wind sensitive.

Get one of each. :cool:

Caution: There seems to be a problem with shooting .17hmr in semi-auto rifles.

Wheelspin 12-18-2009 03:57 AM


Originally Posted by pioneer461 (Post 200739)
Get one of each. :cool:

I had thought about that, but one at a time :p

So would a better more expensive .22lr round be capable of a longer range to match the .17hmr? or does the more expensive stuff just make it more accurate at the closer distances but doesn't give you much more distance gain?

I know my local range has both 50 and 100 yard targets and I want something I can use for both comfortably.

opaww 12-18-2009 09:40 AM

I have a .22lr bolt action Marlin and a Savage bolt action .17hmr. I like shooting both and have lots of fun with them. The .17hmr is more accurate and Holds the accuracy at longer ranges. But the .22lr is cheaper to shoot and slightly less damage to game meet.

Wheelspin 12-18-2009 12:49 PM

Thats what I was expecting and kind of hoping to hear, thanks for the reply.

So, one of each it is then!:D

MemphisJim1 12-18-2009 01:35 PM

One of each is the best possible compromise. For .17HMR, though, stick with a bolt or lever. The primary ammo manufacturer, CCI, and all the firearms makers have issued strong warnings not to use a semiauto in the caliber (see threads and posts, primarily about the Remington 597-.17HMR).

DMac 12-18-2009 07:37 PM

Took the words out of my mouth, Jim. Wanted to remind everyone that there was a warning issued by all .17 HMR manufacturers saying not to use the ammo in semi-auto guns, as they have a propensity to misfeed. So if you go with .17 HMR, go bolt-action (or lever).

Source: American Rifleman on .17 HMR Safety Issue

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