Originally Posted by mike1234
I'm torn between getting a .17 HMR or .22 LR I'm mainly shooting small vermin rabbits etc which is best to go for any advice is appreciated ?
This link may help.
I'm in Britain to and I have both calibers but it depends on the circumstances as to which I take, the HMR certainly feels like a laser up to 150Y, just point and shoot. Wrecks the meat though, so if you want to eat them or use the meat for any kind of consumption then head shoot only, but then they are messy to handle with rabbits brains and bone fragments all over the show!. Despite what people say its the best out of all the four main rimfire rounds to perform in the wind, if that’s a concern.
.22LR is notorious for ricochets, sure any cal will bounce but there’s something especially bad about the .22LR as a rabbit gun. Out in the countryside there is always a building or people somewhere not far away so its not nice in that respect unless you are very careful about the kind of backstop you use. The HMR (within normal ranges) carries enough velocity to mostly destroy itself on impact, leaving little of any significance to head off in an unknown direction…
We can easily get 'silencers' for them in Britain, .22LR benefits the most but ignore those who say its pointless on a .17HMR as they have obviously never tried one. Its only really of benefit on either caliber to avoid causing a disturbance and save your hearing, rabbits don't seem to care which caliber your firing at them, silenced or not, they all behave similarly. They either sit there and wait for their turn or leg it to their burrow.
.17HMR ammo costs roughly around £12-£16 per 50???. .22LR subsonic say, £5 for 50. .22LR is usually better quality to, for years we have been getting so many reports of duff HMR ammo and it doesn’t seem to get any better. Its just the luck of the draw if you get a bad batch or not, but dealers will normally exchange it. Unless your going to be shooting every day of the week, thousands of rabbits in the year, then don't worry to much about the ammo cost as it seems negligable. .22LR is great to plink and have fun with to though, if your going to do that then its a better bet.
It would help answer if you gave us some more finer details as to what you need from the gun.
My answer would probably be, just get both.