What's your thoughts on the future of the .22 mag?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by northhike, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    With the .22lr as the American sweetheart round and the .17HMR as the new kid on the block with faster speeds and longer yardage what do you think the future looks like for the .22mag? Just curious...
     
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  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    In MY opinion, the .22WMR is more useful and versatile than the .17HMR-especially for bigger stuff. I don't see it going away any time soon. I currently own 3 .22mags.
     

  3. mach1337

    mach1337 New Member

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    i like the .22mag esp. for varmit removal. watch my great grandmother shoot the head off of a bird because it was activly eating her koi fish... having said that my dad has a really nice henry lever action .17. love that gun as well.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    22mag is more useful in my opinion. the 17 sacrifices diameter and weight for flatter shooting. its a dubious trade at best.
     
  5. nate

    nate New Member

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    Had both the 17hmr is no replacment for the 22wmr.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I agree with stalkingbear on this one.
     
  7. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I will be buying a 22 mag rifle rather than the 17hmr. There are new rounds available with better bullets. While it may not shoot as flat, it has heavier bullets and I prefer heavier.
     
  8. seedy

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    yes to the 22WRM

    I guess I'm old school and prefer what has worked well for me in small game hunting situations. I feel the .17 bullet is just too light for anything bigger than a ground squirrel. I know people can give all sort of examples of the .17HRM ability to kill effectively it's just what I feel in my gut. I was talking to a kid at the gun store wanted the .17 to take long shots at coyotes. I advised him strongly to go with a .223. I have a couple of 22 mag rifles and feel confident that they will hit pretty hard to about 100 yards. CD
     
  9. DrumJunkie

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    the 17HMR and 17 MII are pretty nifty rounds but I don't see either doing anything to the 22WMR. I have a 17HMR and 22 mag. There are just too many tihngs the 22 will get done that the 17 wont. Especially if conditions are not the best and the critter is not pretty small.

    I like the 17HMR, it's a fun round to use. But it's not better than the 22WMR.
     
  10. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Nah it aint goin nowheres. The .22 mag will still be around when the .17 is a distant memory
     
  11. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    neither will ever be a distant memory, unless the Dems get their way.
     
  12. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    Kinda like comparing a .243 with a 30.06. When its done being flat it's done being affective. what it gains in speed or flat it looses in effective range. 22 mag will still be effective when the .17 is in the dirt.
     
  13. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    And these dang fangled computers are just a fad. :rolleyes:
     
  14. BlackWidow

    BlackWidow New Member

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    I'd like to see some faster-burning .22 Mag ammo developed for use in short-barreled handguns such as the Kel-Tec PM-30 and the NAA Mini revolvers.
     
  15. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    yep, just like smokeless powder.:D
     
  16. HOSSFLY

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    Hawg just wishs he could figure out how to load BLACK in his 22's :p
     
  17. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Ummm, actually I have.:D Remember that lil side hammer I had. I reloaded .22 shorts and fired it a few times.
     
  18. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Yup- I should have known :confused: :p
     
  19. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    .22mag will always be able to shoot through a barrel of one of them .22lr/.22wmr convertible revolvers,that's an advantage over the .17hmr.Comparing .17hmr to .22mag is like comparing .270win to .30-06,same case,near same energy but just like the 30-06 vs 270,the .22 mag is capable of taking larger game over a .17hmr,gonna go through more hard stuff.
     
  20. Bigdog57

    Bigdog57 New Member

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    Two very different rounds, for different purposes. I own both. I shoot the .22 Magnum much more often, as I do feel it has much more versatility.