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.17 hmr or .22 lr?

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Max-4_Yota, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. Max-4_Yota

    Max-4_Yota [OP] The Welfare Cadilac

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    I'm looking to add another gun to the collection. It's either going to be a .17hmr or .22 lr. I already have a .22 henry, its a great gun but I dont want to add a scope to it. Im looking for something for varmint hunting. If I get a .22 it will be a Ruger 10/22, shot one the other day and loved it. But I really like the .17hmr's. Do any of you have a .17hmr that you could recommend? Looking to spend about $250 on just the gun, no scope.
     
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    .17 is an awesome gun ive actually got several whitetails with it....has way more punch then my .22lr but it is more expensive and alot louder....but for a small varmint gun or target gun i recomend highly
     
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    Don't have an hmr, but do have a .17 Mach 2 (savage). I really like the gun, but the ammo is a lot more expensive (and harder to find) than a 22.

    Mike
     
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    45acp Paint me back in Wyoming again...

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    If it's for varmints, .17hmr without a doubt. There are several good rifles in that caliber, Ruger and Marlin come to mind. Just try them out and see what suits you best.
     
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    Buy and Anshutz HMR 17, i love mine!
     
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    Thanks guys. I really like the savage's but the magazine is a little aggervating to slide in.
     
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    I love how cheap the .22 is to shoot, but it's just not much more than a target round IMO. the HMR will do the job right every time as the muzzle velocity is almost as good as most larger caliber hunting rifles, but the kick is minimal.

    I have a .22 LR Marlin in semi-auto that I love to shoot, and have used on squirrel, but I'd go .17.
     
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    Of course it really doesn't get any better than Anschutz.:D
     
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    I have a savage in .17HMR that i absolutely love. I also have a Ruger 10/22 and love it as well.
    If you are going to hunt varmints I would go with the .17HMR. They are accurate and hit hard for having a light weight bullet. I have never had a ground hog walk away when I hit it with .17HMR.
    My savage likes CCI ammo but a friend of mine's savage likes hornady ammo so if you get one try different ammo and go with the one that shoot the best. ( I know basic gun 101 but thought I would mention it)
     
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    Max-4_Yota [OP] The Welfare Cadilac

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    Ive looked at the CZ its around $400, seems like a really nice gun. Might save a few more pennies.
     
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    What model is it?
     
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    .17hmr for sure

    Those little bullets pack a hell of a punch.
     
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    Yeah there spendy, but absolute tack drivers. I have been looking into there 308win, i wonder if it would shoot the same as there rimfire stuff.
     
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    93R17 I don't know what they call it as far as a name. It's an older model probably 5 or 6 years old.
     
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    22LR ammo is nice and cheap :D. I'd do with 22LR.
     
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    I might go check one out tomorrow.
     
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    I purchased a Marlin17HMR five years ago and absolutely love it,I've sent thousands of rounds downrange. It's taken squirrels,whitetails,coyotes and whatever else you aim at it. The best feature of it is the bull barrel,highly recommend that option. That's my opinion but either choice is still fun and affordable.
     
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    Max-4_Yota [OP] The Welfare Cadilac

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    It seems like the barrel would get heavy, no?
     
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