17 caliber

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by johndeere, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. johndeere

    johndeere New Member

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    I am looking for an accurate at long and close ranges, flat trajectory, and fast shooting 17 caliber to go squirrel hunting with. The gun that i have found is a savage 17hmr m93 with a accutrigger and a scope package.
     
  2. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Great gun but for squirrels you will have to take head shots.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yep. But at 50-100 yards, that is not a problem- you CAN take headshots!
     
  4. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    The Savage is a nice rifle at a good price.

    Here is mine. The scope is a Bushnell Legend 4.4-14x44mm.

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  5. johndeere

    johndeere New Member

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    At what distance does your savage become less accurate
     
  6. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    I haven't tried to shoot past 150 yards. I mainly shoot between 50-150 yards with it. Maximum effective range would be no more than 300 yards.
     
  7. johndeere

    johndeere New Member

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    When shooting at 150 yds are you still getting close grouping
     
  8. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I ain`t never shot a Squirrel at over 50 yds.............
     
  9. johndeere

    johndeere New Member

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    With a 17 caliber?
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Never had too...............
     
  11. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    If you're hunting for meat use the fmj cause the ballistic tip and the tnt won't leave much left for eating. As the others have said head shot's if you can. You can shoot aspirins at 100 yards so head shots won't be that hard.
     
  12. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    I do on a good day at the range using a shooting rest or bi pod.

    Like others have said, you won't be shooting at squirrels at anything more than 50 yards.

    It's very hard to pick up a squirrel at distance with a scoped rifle. They are very small and move around alot.
     
  13. ccrow175

    ccrow175 New Member

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    Get a marlin 917 with the heavy barrel. I love mine, out of the box it will shoot one jagged hole up to 100 yards.
     
  14. tuck2

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    I have shot a lot of prairie dogs with 17 HM2 and 17 HMR rifles. The 17 grain bullets do a lot a damage with any body shot. I have shot a few cotten tail rabbits taking head shots with the 17 HM2 rifle , I d not use the 17 HMR when hunting small game I wonted to eat unless it was a head shot. Hitting a head at 100 yards under hunting conditions could be a bit trickey.
     
  15. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I wouldn't say 300 yards is a shot you should not be taking with a 17 unless you are screwing around at the range on paper targets, that bullet is too light to carry energy out that far, 150-200 yards is generally considered max effective range on small varmints, squirrel, prairie dog, woodchuck sized animals here is some reading on the ballistics, it has some good info on sighting in, bullet drop.

    http://www.chuckhawks.com/17HMR.htm
     
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  16. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    A .17 rimfire has a Max. effective range of 300 yards? You have to know that is incorrect.
     
  17. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Oh so are u gonna tell us its good for 600 yrds then.
     
  18. Marlinman

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    Of course it is.....on disease ridden exotic animals in the 35 mph winds of Colorado shootin downhill at a 10° grade;)
     
  19. cgersty

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    I have the heavy barreled marlin 917v and it is more accurate than I can shoot it, ita like a lazer beam, and no recoil so you put crosshairs where ya want em and you can see the impact in the scope. Do not use vmax or tnts on squirrels it will darn near blow them to pieces, as stated use fmjs or gamepoints, even with head shots the vmax make a nasty mess.
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  20. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    My point was that the .17 rim fire can no way be effective at 300 yards. This is a very close range arm for thin skinned small animals. If you want a 300 yard rifle you should look at a .223 or ?
    Why my Post continue to be attacked I don't know? My likes are much higher than these negatives. Good Luck Guys.:)