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Offline Eric M

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2018, 10:12:10 AM »
@wapititalk1 I thought of another brand depending on your taste in rifles. CZ made one a while back where u could change the barrel since 22 mag and 17 have the same chamber. I think u could get a 22 LR barrel for it too. I didn't end up buyhing one because I had my doubts about how they attached and my concerns about accuracy. Having said that I have shot the CZ 22 LR and they are not only wonderful to shoot but beautiful guns.

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2018, 10:16:58 AM »
When the chambering first came out. I picked up several, sold or traded my .22 Magnums. Within 3 or 4 years. The .17's were gone and there were two .22 Magnums back in the safe.

I bet the 17HMR would be fun for ground squirrels. As for coyotes, I'll shoot them with anything.
They are fun and accurate for ground squirrels. The 17 grain bullet is the way to go for those little buggers. Funny though I have a place in my safe for the 22 mag as well. I'm no expert but I believe within a certain distance they pack more wallop with the heavier bullet. Maybe out to a 100 yards?

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2018, 10:23:55 AM »
Go to a 17WSM. Much better than a 17HMR.
Can you get 1 moa or less out of it? Initially they didn't seem to be great shooters.  I think if I wanted ballistics like that I'd just move up to the 17 Remington fireball and get 3800 fps



I never shot it for MOA, just killing ground squirrels around the house. 70 yard bullseye on them, so I wasn't concerned about dialing it in. I did have it zeroed for 100 yards. Plus it's cheap to shoot.
Interesting. I really wanted one when they first came out but kind of lost interest when I saw one that just would not shoot an inch at 100 which the manufacturer guaranteed. The rifle was even sent back but it never was a great shooter. Maybe it's time to take another look.

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2018, 11:26:53 AM »
We have bunch (7) of them, that we take to shoot Sage Rats with.  I've bought and sold probably twice that many...only bought one of them brand new. I keep the ones that shoot the 17gr VMax best, so I only have to buy one brand/type of ammo. They ALL shoot it very well. I've never had a Ruger American, or a CZ but as much as I'd like to try one ...I just can't justify it.  We have two that we paid $125 a piece for, and two VQ's that are superbly accurate, but they were a bit more expensive. As far as glass goes, ours all wear very good glass.  Best all around Rat caliber out to 150-200yds (depending on wind) in my opinion. 
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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2018, 12:52:13 PM »
If sage rats/ground squirrel sized critters are your intended targets the 17 HMR is a great choice but if coyotes are on the menu I'd step up to the 17 WSM.  The HB Bmags, especially the ones with a laminated stock, generally shoot very well and cost about the same as the 17 HMR's.  I have a SS HB Sav 93/17 HMR with laminated thumbhole stock as well as a HB SS Bmag that I've done a little customizing to and I can tell you first hand, the 17 WSM is definitely the hardest hitting of all the rimfires.  I don't particularly see a great deal of difference between the WSM and the HMR when the shots are under 100 yards but when you start shooting stuff 100+ and further, the WSM hits noticeably harder and has a higher splat factor.  This is my Bmag, I nearly always shoot it suppressed but it has the thread protector on in this pic.

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2018, 02:22:48 PM »
I have the Savage B17. It is very accurate and has a great trigger. I've killed 2 coyotes in my yard with it in the last couple months. They go on sale at Cabela's occasionally. I picked mine up about 6 months ago for about $240.00.

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2018, 03:21:05 PM »
I like the Marlin .17hmr. Tossed a $50 Tasco 3x9x40 on it. Shoots great. Will put 3 rounds in a clover leaf pattern touching, consistently @ 100. I shoot the Hornaday 17gr loads the most, though I have tried all kinds of brands, the zero dosen't change enough to worry about. Even the 20gr loads shoot very similarly. They are so very accurate, and fun!
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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2018, 03:39:37 PM »
17 is a rat killing machine out to 150 yards.   Pretty significant bullet drop after that.

I have an A17, no issues with it feeding and ejecting the CCI ammo.

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2018, 04:11:04 PM »
Garrow Development, entered the 17 HMR market a few months back and they make a pretty slick running gas operated upper for AR's in 17 HMR.  I talked to someone that got one to play with and take shooting to do a review and they were pretty impressed with not only how well it shot but how well it functioned.

The Garrow upper certainly isn't cheap at $599 but it is a complete upper kit and comes with two 10 rnd mags.  I believe the barrel is already threaded as well.

https://garrowdev.com/

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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2018, 06:38:05 PM »
Now Iím digging into the .17 WSMs a bit. Hot looking round :).
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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2018, 06:47:13 PM »
My CZ has dispatched hundreds of prairie dogs. The 17 HRM is an awful lot of fun.
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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2018, 06:59:09 AM »
Look at the Rock Island 22 TCM. 9mm necked down to a 22.. I have one in their 1911 A-1 and the rifle..
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Re: .17 HMR, Thoughts?
« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2018, 07:20:27 AM »
Most accurate rifle I ever owned was a Marlin 917vs in 17hmr. Only rifle I ever sold and regretted it
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