.17 hmr or .22 wmr

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Georgiahunter, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Georgiahunter

    Georgiahunter New Member

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    I haven't been on in a long while but I am looking to buy a new rimfire and wanted yalls opinions. As the title says its between the .17 hmr and the .22 wmr (mag). Shooting will be done from 50-150 yards and I will be hunting squirrels, rabbits, and coyotes, but mainly squirrel. I would like the rifle to be pretty accurate (I already know which rifle I'll get for each caliber.) Please take into consideration price of ammo. Also, I already have a .22 lr. Please, if you have either or both calibers, jump in and try to give me auggestions/comparisons. Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. wrestlerguy27

    wrestlerguy27 New Member

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    Yea I have a savage .17hmr with the thumb hole stock and its accuracy is quite insane. I just took it out shooting and I was shooting quarters at 100 yards. Shooting an inch group at 100 yards in not hard. The only problem is that it is only a 17 grain bullet and the wind can move it easily. A .22 mag hit harder within 100 yards, but out past 100 yards, I'll take my .17 hmr. The .22 mag is not as accurate as the .17hmr but still you will not be disappointed. Ammo is about the same price for the two. Honestly, if I had to choose between the two, I'd take a .17 hmr just because of the extra range and insane accuracy. Hope that helps. Happy hunting
     

  3. steadyshot

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    Well, I don't know if this helps, but I just picked up a Savage 93R17 FVSS in .17HMR. Seems to be a really nice little rifle. I paid $325 for the rifle. It comes with one 5 round magazine. Those mags aren't cheap for what they are! They cost about $35 bucks apiece.

    I topped it with a Bushnell Legend 4.5-14x44mm.

    I have only had it to the range twice, however it has been pretty sweet so far....:)

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  4. HOSSFLY

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    Had the same rifle (only .17 i've had)
    Very accurate --- More so than my 22mag-
     
  5. steadyshot

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    Yep, the accuracy is amazing. And the near zero recoil is great too.
     
  6. Sniper03

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    Go with the 17 HMR! You will be amazed at the accuracy and speed (2500 fps) of the little round. Of all the big rifles I have I enjoy my Marlin 917V Rifle most of all. And I can go to Walmart and get a box of 50 rounds for around $12.00.
    It will shoot a sub 1 inch group at 100 yards with no problem from the bench. The Savage rifles are also very nice with the Accutrigger. I believe Marlin has improved their triggers since I purchased mine as I have been advised. But I put a Rifle Basix trigger in the Marlin and set it at 2.5 lbs. I think you will be more than happy with the 17 HMR.

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  7. mrt8110

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    .17HMR or .22WMR

    I am impressed with the .17 HMR. I have a Savage 93 in .17 and I am quite pleased with it's accuracy and speed. I got it for,175.00 with the accu -trigger, an excellent price. Bottom line is I like the .17HMR Cartridge.Marlin in the 17HMR is also an excellent choice!:D Cliff
     
  8. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

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    I would go into a few forums based on varmit hunting and read up on personal experiences and what they say about the 17hmr for use on coyotes and bob cats.
     
  9. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    onenut,

    Honestly the 17 HMR is a little on the light side for coyotes and bobs. But with a well placed shot they will do the job. The secret is it must be a well placed shot with the 17 HMR and little room for error to make a clean kill. But as stated of all the caliber rifles I have, I love my little inexpensive Marlin 17 HMR. And enjoy shooting it as much as any of the others. They are FINE little rifles!

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  10. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    I pick the 17hmr too. My favorite shooter is my savage 17hmr. If you want to shoot larger game go with the 20 grain fmj and brain pan shots. The nice thing abou the 17hmr is, it isn't hard to make well placed shots.
     
  11. c3shooter

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    Have the same Savage 93 that others have mentioned- thumbhole, heavy barrel. Shoots flatter than week old beer. Have actually gotten some 5 shot 1/4 inch groups at 100 yds.

    Both the .22 mag and the .17 HMR are very destructive of meat on squirrels and rabbits- be very easy t do headshots. Accuracy of the .17 at extended ranges surprised me a lot.

    As said, .17 HMR at wally World is $12/50 for CCI.
     
  12. Blueguns

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    First off nice profile pic!

    Now to business. The .17hmr is going to be a little light for coyotes. It will work well for squirrels and rabbits though. The .22WMR will not be a whole lot better for coyotes, but will allow for a touch more margin for error. Both calibers are pretty plentiful, and are accurate at whatever distance you would want to take an animal at humanely. My personal reccomendation is the .22WMR, only because more rifles are chambered in that caliber.

    If I were you, I would try to borrow a .17hmr and .22wmr from a buddy, or your LGS, and see what one you like better.
     
  13. northhike

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    +1 for the .22mag. I think its one of the best all around rounds from coyotes to rabbits and at the distance you are talking about the .22mag is more than capable and more than accurate. Wind can take a light .17hmr off its mark and it definatley is less hard hitting down range. Both are great rounds, but I would take a .22mag if given the choice.
     
  14. Axxe55

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    shooting paper targets, i would suggest the 17 HMR. if wanting it for hunting, the 22 WMR i think would be the better choice. Hornady has brought out some ballistic tipped ammo for the 22 WMR now, so there's some good ammo for hunting.