Need advice!

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by DREWTASTIC119, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. DREWTASTIC119

    DREWTASTIC119 New Member

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    I have a gun show coming up this weekend and was thinking about getting a .17 hmr, but not sure if I want it or an hm2. I already have 2 .22 caliber rifles I want something different, but they seem really expensive and I'm not sure what caliber to go with. The main reason for this weapon is to play at the shooting range and maybe take out a few birds and squirrels and some gators in the summertime
     
  2. longunner

    longunner New Member

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    The reason I don't want a .17 is because the ammo is so expensive
     

  3. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Same here. Too expensive for very little benefit. If I were buying, it would be a 22 mag.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    The little .17 (Mach 2) seems to be drying up pretty fast. The .17 HMR costs me about $12/ 50 rounds. I picked up a Savage 93 bull barreled, and it is more accurate than my .22LR target guns.

    It does not take much wind to move the tiny little bullets around, but I have gotten some 1/4 inch 5 shot 100 yd groups. Finding cleaning gear for a .17 can be.....challenging.
     
  5. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    Didn't the .17 have issues in semi-auto rifles? I'm pretty sure a few years back all the ammo makers said use only in a bolt action or single shot. That and price scared me away.
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, they did- at least the Remingtons did. But there were also problems with .22 Mag auto rifles. But a bolt gun that will put 5 rounds in an M&M at 100 is still pretty neat.
     
  7. 1911love

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    C3: Do semi-autos still have problems with .22 Magnum? I have wanted an IMI .22 Magnum for a while.
     
  8. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Funny you should say that....last year when I bought my 17, I asked the LGS if he had a cleaning kit. He seemed surprised with his answer. (No, he didn't) But, he ordered me one up, and one for his shop, no problem.......

    I don't have any problem with the ammo price, it's not like you're going to shoot 200 rounds in a day. And, from what I hear, yeah, the only problems with the round is in semi's. No issues with bolts....
     
  9. jpattersonnh

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    I have an Otis system. It comes w/ a .17 cable. I just picked up more .17HMR ammo on line. 1st order was 17gr at 9.53 a box, just grabbed 4 20gr at 11.00 a box. With shipping 11.53 and 13.00. Cheaper then buying local. My.22mag is about 9.53 from the same place. Grabbed 6 boxes of 30gr. Has anyone had any luck finding .22lr? I'm sitting on a few bricks, but there is nothing out there to be found. Both .17HMR and .22WMR are great little rounds. Both of my rifles will shoot well under an inch at 100 yards. Great rounds for woodchucks and vermin.
     
  10. clr8ter

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    Until last year, I just had the 22 LR. It was lonely, so I got a 22MAG & HMR to keep it company.
     
  11. jpattersonnh

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    So you and I will be doing some shooting this spring! ;) There are a few places we can go woodchuck or coon hunting up in Northfield. Might get some fox or coyotes also.
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 17HM2 is not popular but is an excellent round. The first real improvement to the 22lr in a century. I have found ammo is about 1/2 the cost of 17HMR but you pretty much have to find it on line. I bought a Savage MKII HV for my wife in 17HM2 and restocked it to fit her. I would like to have a CZ452 American in 17HM2 for myself. They need to bring out a less explosive bullet but they are capable of head shots on squirrels out to 100 yards. I stocked up on ammo a while back so she wont run out any time soon. I am thinking of ordering a Boyds Evolution stock in case she gets tired of it and I can switch it back to fit me. The stock that comes with the HV stinks.
     
  13. mrt8110

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    The 17 HMR Cartridge is an incredible accurate cartridge.You can buy the Savage 93R17 or the Marlin both bolt actions. Henry makes the .17HMR in lever action .
    You can not go wrong,The Savage & Marlin are less expensive
    than the Henry and are more accurate. You can buy the Savage in one of there package deals with a scope. Enjoy, Cliff
     
  14. BUCSFAN99

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    Cleaning supplies for a .17 isn't that difficult to find. Pick up a Hoppe's .17 bore snake and you'll be good to go. It has the brush built into the snake. I'd be afraid to use any potential cleaning rod on one. It would be too flimsy and most likely bend with little pressure, potentially in the barrel with a good chance of marring the bore.
     
  15. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Well, I'm not a hunter........BUT, if you want to make little holes (and big patterns) in paper, I'm down.:cool:
     
  16. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There was plenty of .22lr at the gun show, $50 for a box of federal bulk 525 count! I'll wait, azzhole!
     
  17. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Try it, you might like it and it is a great offer from someone who knows what he is doing.
     
  18. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Oh, no doubt it's a great offer. I might go along, but guts is something I don't do. Also, I don't like to eat shoot-yer-own meat. Personal reasons, nothing against hunting.......
     
  19. jpattersonnh

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    The "game" are vermin. I'm not eating woodchuck. I have eaten crow, just ask my wife!;) Targets are fine. I've got about 50 golf balls that make fun targets.

    primer1, that is nuts, plain nuts.
     
  20. clr8ter

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    OK, I have no problem killing some golf balls! Would a can of tannerite in a sack of flour make a good target?:D