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Posted: February 13 2016 at 5:57am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

What's it good for?

As a kid, I determined after using one the .22 WMR was too much destructiveness for small game a guy wanted to eat. Probably a bit small for Coyotes and such though no doubt it would get the job done. Seems like the .17 HMR would be worse in these regards for the most part, but I have no experience with it.

Contemplating getting a rifle which happoens to be a .17 HMR, but could be changed easily, just thought I'd ask for thoughts. Seems like it's the only rimfire ammo available anymore.

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A while back I knew a fella that trapped ferel hogs here in East TX. His rifle of choice was a bolt gun in that caliber. I thought he was full of hot air until I went out to shoot a mess of hogs on one place that wanted total extermination of them. I went with an '06 and boo coo cast loads. He used that .17cal and dropped every one he shot with one round. By midday we had 21 confirmed on the ground. That .17cal got 11 of 'em. I was highly impressed! It went like that for almost a full week. He never did a follow up shot on any of 'em. Shoot for half a day and then go check traps the remainder of the day. Interesting, but that .17cal was slick...

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Posted: February 17 2016 at 7:58pm | IP Logged Quote Ronnieboy

17 cal rifles are super accurate, but, the wind will move it easily. closer is better.   I like the 22wmr lots better. in a CZ, its accurate and has a heavier bullet. use high velocity ammo and you wont be disappointed .   ron

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Posted: March 03 2016 at 6:50pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

OK, now that I have one, I'm curious as to ammo selection. Seems most is loaded with 17 grain bullets designed to blow up at 2500 FPS.

I heard there is another loading, a 20 grainer that's softer and designed to be more meat friendly. Anyone know about this?

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Posted: March 19 2016 at 4:38pm | IP Logged Quote .308 Norma

richhodg66 wrote:
OK, now that I have one, I'm
curious as to ammo selection. Seems most is loaded
with 17 grain bullets designed to blow up at 2500 FPS.

I heard there is another loading, a 20 grainer that's
softer and designed to be more meat friendly. Anyone
know about this?


No, I'd never heard of the 20 grain load before now.
It might be okay - more "meat friendly" as you say.
I bought a .17 HMR in a cheap, heavy barreled, H&R
"Handy Rifle" when they first came out. But I don't
mind the mess it makes of the starlings in our currant
bushes behind the garden, about 30 yards from our rear
deck - that's what I bought it for. However, because
the wind never quite ceases here in SE Idaho, the
starlings in our apple tree, about 80 yards from our
rear deck, are generally quite safe from me and my .17
HMR with 17 grain bullets.        &nbs p; 
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Posted: March 19 2016 at 6:48pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I took this G2 Contender out to the range for the first time today. Maybe it's just that it's an excellent rifle and having a good, expensive scope on it doesn't hurt, or maybe it is an intrinsically accurate cartrige, but that rifle made it ridiculously easy to shoot itty-bitty groups at 50 yards, much more accurate than any .22 I can remember shooting.

Ammo is expensive so I didn't give it a real workout, only 25 rounds or so. Squirrel season is done here and I may have to relegate this to head shots only, but I'm kind of anxious to see how it is as a hunting rifle.

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Posted: February 05 2017 at 8:49am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I actually took this rifle out on my place to do one of my evening sits that I've taken to doing post-deer season and shot a big, male fox squirrel with it last night. Fourtunately, the angle of the shot didn't hit much edible parts, but I have concluded that the .17 HMR is too destructive for edible small game.

I'm gonna have to try to find a .22 Hornet or .218 barrel for it. Thus far, that NOE 45 grain wide flat nosed cast at barely sonic speeds seems to be the best squirrel killer, puts them down decisively with minimal meat damage.

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Hi all again :) Was just looking at Midsouth Shooters supply and low and behold they list .17 HMR in 20 grain out of stock now but one can always put in to be notified!

Stay safe   Joe

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Posted: February 05 2017 at 10:36am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Our Wal Mart here never seems to run out. Wish the stuff was cheaper. Now that the .17 Hornet is a viable factory round, I've been considering having this barrel rechambered and buying some dies.

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