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Old 02-17-2009, 03:52 AM   #11
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I would say that when the .17 HMR came out, everyone was all about something new, like myself. I bought a savage 93, before they had the accutrigger. At first, it seemed great, but that didnt last long. Remember, this was in the time of J-locks, and lots of suits against the industry. My rimfire rifle had a 12X scope, and a heavy stainless barrel, but a 10lb. trigger pull!!! After a few boxes, and some 2" groups at 100 yards, it pritty much stayed in the safe. Now, fast forward to 18 months ago:

Same rifle, with a Riflebasix trigger, as well as the new 20gr. ammo, and it is a completely different stoy. The same rifle now breaks like glass, and can hold 1/2 MOA groups to at least 200yrds!!!

But, on the .22 mag, the others are right in mho, the .22 mag is a better choice for the larger rimfire animals. the .17 just doesnt have the penetration needed to bust a coyote on a regular basis. I dont like wounding animals. Then again, get both, and a 22-250, and a 25-06 for the really long stuff, and try to hid them from the wife if you can.
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The .17 shows better out past 125 yards, if I remember comparison correctly. Up to that, they're pretty similar.

A 17 HMR is about the same value, energy-wise, at 150 yards as a .22 short at the muzzle. Again, if I remember correctly, and I may not.

It's a supremely accurate round, but IMO, it's no 200 yard rifle. A 22 Hornet is pushing a bullet twice as heavy at 800 fps or more velocity and it's a doubtful 200 yard rifle on a coyote.

As for wind drift, bullet weight doesn't directly affect drift: the BC, the "exposure time" (to the wind) and the velocity of the wind are the factors in the formula.

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Old 02-18-2009, 01:43 AM   #13
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I suggest the CCI Maxi-Mag 30-grain V-Max for .22WMR.
Or the Federal Premium V-Shok 30-grain for .22WMR.
Or the Hornady 30-grain...(just shot a box, GREAT STUFF!!)

Until they came out with these, I figured .22WMR's for up to 150 and no more...that's changed now

I'll go toe-to-toe with any .17MHR
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I really like them both. With that being said. I LOVE my Marlin 25mn .22mag. It loves the Winchester .40 grain Super Red X rounds.
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Good choice, Doc What parta TN ya from??

Spent a few years in the Brentwood/Franklin/Pulaski/Lawrenceburg areas when I was a munchkin

I really haven't found anything my Marlin 25mn won't eat yet...still narrowing down what shoots the Absolute best out of it

I plan on getting to the range Sunday afternoon, weather permitting & I'll post pics/ammo reports
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Good choice, Doc What parta TN ya from??

Spent a few years in the Brentwood/Franklin/Pulaski/Lawrenceburg areas when I was a munchkin

I really haven't found anything my Marlin 25mn won't eat yet...still narrowing down what shoots the Absolute best out of it

I plan on getting to the range Sunday afternoon, weather permitting & I'll post pics/ammo reports
I actually live in North East Ga. but I am an avid Tenn. Vol fan.
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One of the things I am wondering about is the 22.250 round. Only because I am really clueless about this round and am considering picking one of these centerfire rifles up. I am not trying to hijack the thread though.
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Pick out a Gopher the same distance with both guns. The HMR puts a nice hole through them and the mag cuts them in half.
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I had a Ruger 96 lever action in 22mag and a Savage 93 bolt in 17hmr and the rugger would shoot a better group with hollow points than the 17 would with vmax's. Between that and getting tired of watching groundhogs take hits and still take off running with the 17hmr when they would flop over and not move an inch from the same distance with the 22mag i didn't keep the 17 for two long. After it spent almost 4 months back at the factory and cam back with the same problems I got rid of it. I'll just stick with my 22-250.
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I'd like to know how the 2,550 fps of the .17HMR is 1,200 fps faster than the 1,860 fps of the .22 magnum with 40 gr bullet, or even the faster 30 gr bullet loading of .22 mag.
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