.22 mag vs. .17 hmr
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:22 AM   #1
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I started browsing some guns since I want to ask for one for my b-day or christmas, I figured I pretty much have the deer rifles I need, so why not get a good rimfire rifle. My brother has a .17 hmr and i've seen what it can do, and my friend has a .22 mag and i've seen what it's capable of as well. But i'm kinda leaning toward the .17 hmr after reading this article, Compared: .17 HMR and .22 WMR (Magnum). I just wanted to see what your guys's opinions are on these and what recommendations you may have, and maybe a specific brand or model, I would like to maybe use the 17 grn v-max in the article but still haven't looked at bullets yet.

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Old 08-08-2010, 02:45 AM   #2
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We just came back from sighting in our 1022 rugers and my buddy's Savage .17 with the bull barrel. This gun is extremely accurate. After we sighted it in at 50 yards we shot it out to 217 yards with the first mill dot below the cross hairs and was center punching a soda can. It is a loud gun but at that speed what can you expect? Very nice gun, (no recoil) and I was really impressed The tree rats are going to pay this year. No place to hide!!!

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It all depends on what you're going to use it for. I personally didn't have much use for the .17HMR until they came out with a game bullet load. As it originally came out the 17HMR was too destructive on edible small game with anything but a head shot. I've seen yotes run off after being hit solidly in the boiler room with the 17HMR, only to be found later on the same farm or the next farm over. For bigger varmints the .22 mag is superior IMO. Where the 17 shines is accuracy and provides a flat trajectory. Me-I'll just stick with my .22LRs or .22Mags.

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I'll be using it on rabbits, squirrels some, but mainly groundhogs, and foxes. And yes, of course only head shots on rabbits and squirrels.

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Of course, you might consider a firearm that has both .22WMR and .17HMR barrels, such as this one of mine:


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Of course, you might consider a firearm that has both .22WMR and .17HMR barrels, such as this one of mine:


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Well, that would be fun, but not a hunting gun,lol.

I like the .17hmr over the .22mag.

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Well, that would be fun, but not a hunting gun,lol.

I like the .17hmr over the .22mag.
You just have to build a bigger tree stand.

I prefer the .17HMR too...with the bottleneck and one in five red tipped, .17HMR looks very "right" with Ma Duece.

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Seriously, there are a number of platforms that allow barrel interchange: Ruger 77/22 Mag, Ruger 10/22 Mag, and there's a CZ with multiple barrels. I kinda like the "having your cake..." possibilities.

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I guess I'm just too old fashioned,and like the good ole trusty 22WMR. I've been shooting one since I was a kid,and see really no advantage of the 17 caliber over the 22WMR except FPS,and I've never been a bullet speed freak.

The wind will play havoc with that little 17 bullet alot more than the heavier 22WMR.

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