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Old 09-07-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default 17hmr noise difference to 22lr

I am after some advice from who know about the noise difference of a 22lr compared to a 17hmr, I am going to purchase a 17hmr but am slightly concerned it may be to noisy because of the fact it is a fast bullet?

Any advice would e greatfully appreciated???????

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Old 09-07-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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The 17 HMR does make a lot more noise than a 22LR. I am no scientist I can't tell you why. I can tell you the 17 HMR is effected by the wind more than any other caliber other than a 22 cal pellet rifle. You would be much better served from a practical viewpoint by a 22 WMR. The 17 HMR is a 22 wmr necked down to 17 cal. The 17hmr is hard to clean. Cleaning rods are so tiny they snap right off. I don't know anyone that owns a 17 hmr that hasn't had a moment of panic because a cleaning rod snapped and left a brush in the barrel.

The biggest practical use of a 17 HMR is shooting tiny targets when it's windy. If you use targets that are small enough to emulate 600 yard shots with a centerfire rifle you will be way ahead of the game if that is your end goal.

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I have a 17 hmr and it has a louder sharper crack than the 22lr. As far as the wind goes it isn't as bad as most people think. The faster a bullet travels the less time wind and gravity have to affect it. Accuracy wise it will make a 22 mag look real bad at 100 yards. I have had more fun with my 17 hmr than any other gun I own.

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I have many .22's and a .17 HMR. It is a very accurate caliber and I use it often on the 200 yard range. Mostly it is for critter control. Groundhog head shots are easy at 100+ yards.
.17's are much louder and I need ear protection or they will be ringing.
I have a suppressor rated for .17 HMR in BATF limbo but I am curious to see what it will do.

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When you do find out about your suppressor please let us know! We don't want to get into serious trouble over something that appears to be a toy. One thing the suppressor will do is rob the 17 hmr of much needed velocity. The question is how much velocity.

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I have a 17 hmr and it has a louder sharper crack than the 22lr. As far as the wind goes it isn't as bad as most people think. The faster a bullet travels the less time wind and gravity have to affect it. Accuracy wise it will make a 22 mag look real bad at 100 yards. I have had more fun with my 17 hmr than any other gun I own.
The 22wmr is flat shooting but it's biggest advantage is to deliver a larger payload. I shoot the 25 foot airgun targets at 100 yards with a 22LR. I am not a gifted shooter. With COPD I have very little control over my breathing or heart rate. I take 3 deep breaths and I have about 10 seconds to get the shot off before my heart starts racing. Prone shooting off a tripod is out of the question. I can use a shooting stick while kneeling.
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My wife has a 17HM2 and it is louder than the 22lr. The 17HMR will be even louder.

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Note to the original poster- right church, wrong pew. Your question was posted in the "Support and Suggestions" section.

You will get more answers in the rimfire rifle section. I'll drag the thread over there- next time, please check the section when posting.

Else we shall have to release the hounds.....

And yes, the .17 hmr is loud. About like a .22 magnum. Not incredibly, window shaking thumping booming .338 Lapua loud- but not a .22 LR either.

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my 17HMR is much louder than my 22lr by a huge margin. it has a very distinctive crack to it when fired.

personal opinion, i would choose the 17HMr for target shooting and the 22 WMR for hunting.

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The 22wmr is flat shooting but it's biggest advantage is to deliver a larger payload. I shoot the 25 foot airgun targets at 100 yards with a 22LR. I am not a gifted shooter. With COPD I have very little control over my breathing or heart rate. I take 3 deep breaths and I have about 10 seconds to get the shot off before my heart starts racing. Prone shooting off a tripod is out of the question. I can use a shooting stick while kneeling.

You can shoot aspirins at 100 yards with the 17hmr.
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