.22 or .17

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by mike1234, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. mike1234

    mike1234 New Member

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    Hi,

    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 ?

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    If ammo cost is a factor, and you will be shooting a lot, .22LR would seem to have a natural advantage.
     

  3. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    If rabbit is the biggest you're going to shoot in the 22 up to 100 yards is fine. The 17 will take out anything from 200 yards and under up to a coyote size. The 17 is also inherently more accurate.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    You can cleanly kill a coyote with a .17 caliber?
     
  5. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    With a very lucky shot. Thats crazy talk.
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Pffft! If it's a coyote; how "clean" would the kill really have to be? I mean, c'mon, people use glue traps on other pests.
     
  7. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    All i know is dont shoot one with a .338....makes a mess.
     
  8. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Try a .366(9.3) or .44!!!! I don't think a .17HMR is enough for 'yotes either. For Bunnies a .22lr works great.
     
  9. tonydewar

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    the.17 is a flat and fast round but the bad thing is the wind plays he!! on the little 17 gr bullet my choice is the 22 good to 100 yds, cheeper to shoot
     
  10. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Head shot will drop a yote. And under 200 yds with a .17 isn't a problem.
     
  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Off Topic - Have you considered .22 WMR (magnum) rifles? I own one but haven't shot it much; not my kind of round. It has the weight of .22 with a bit more speed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.22_magnum I found the ammo is not nearly as inexpensive as .22LR.
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    And then there is the 17HM2. 17 grain bullet @ 2100fps.
     
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  13. jpattersonnh

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    This is the kind of BS that pisses me off. At 200 yards it has 70fpe w/ a 17gr bullet. I doubt you'd penetrate the skull. Even a 20gr gamepoint drops to 66fpe. You'll damb sure injure the yote, but kill it, BS.
    For a .223 w/ a 55gr to hit 70fpe, it would have to travel over 1000 yards. No one would ever consider that shot. The drop w/ that 17gr bullet at 200 yards is 8.5" w/ a 100 yard zero. Don't buy what you're selling for a second.
     
  14. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have to disagree with you. The guy that shot that pig at 400 yards from a moving truck would take that shot.:rolleyes:
     
  15. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    your point?
     
  16. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    If you are shooting rabbit for meat and unsure about your ability to take head shots get a .22. If you some day want to use it on bigger game .17 hmr. You are right about aprox 8 inch drop at 200 yds. The windage debate .17 compared to .22 ( which is the question) in my opinion not enough to worry about.
     

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  17. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    I apologize but I did take a coyote size dog at 197yds with a shot to the back of the head that was stalking one of my calfs. And yes back of the head is still a head shot.
     
  18. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    as far as the wind aint no debate been to the fair rode the bull wind beats the shi? out of the .17 over 50 yds
     
  19. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I think you'll find the 22lr to be more versatile. I used to have a 17hmr. It was a very accurate round... when the wind wasn't blowing.
     
  20. sharpshtr

    sharpshtr New Member

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    22lr if its for anything under 100 and for only little varmints