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anyone like .17 ??? i have a .17 hmr marlin bull barrel....

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by carlos6466, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. carlos6466

    carlos6466 location Member

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    it's a fun little rifle.... bolt action. it was the first marlin i've owned since i was a kid. i can burn hundreds of rounds in my ruger 10/22, but with my .17, i tend to only target shoot with it and am conscience of what i spend on ammo.

    what experiences have you guys had with them?



    --c
     
  2. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    They are he.ll on small creatures like squirrels and crows, also make short work of coyotes.
     
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  3. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    I've got one of the Savage bolt guns. A bit more expensive than 22 as far as ammo goes, but more accurate which makes it more fun.


    elsie
     
  4. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Carlos, check out rimfirecentral.com. More .17 stuff on there than you can easily digest. As for the .17HMR being "more accurate" than a .22, I (and others who have extensive experience with both) would strongly disagree

    .17HMR ammo is still relatively in its commercial infancy, and no effort has yet been made to produce match-grade cartridges. .22lr on the other hand has countless such offerings, which, in the right gun, and at ranges compatible with the cartridge (and even at ranges generally considered incompatible) is light-years ahead of .17HMR consistency and accuracy.

    I am very happy with my .17HMR, and in my study of it, I can offer one solid hint: Find some Winchester ammo (BiMart sells it). A bit more expensive than the other offerings, but in my Savage it shines above all the rest for accuracy, as well as consistency from chronograph readings. Dismantling of the cartridge reveals this make of cartridge to utilize a different powder than all the rest, and puts to rest the contention that "all .17HMR ammo comes from one or two assembly lines, and differences between brands are merely cosmetic."
     
  5. gnarl

    gnarl Sequim, WA Member

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    I just got some of the Winchester offering from Midway, we are going up this afternoon to try it out...
    I also have the Marlin BB in stainless, I was surprised to see that a binary target could be set off by such a tiny pill.
     
  6. rusobr2

    rusobr2 prineville,or Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    i'v spent many days with the "dirty fast" 17, and i'v found that if the wind is up to about 5 to 10 mph....your shots at 100 yds. are going to vary by about 6", witch is enough to miss sage rats completely.....excuse me , but i'm going to stick with my 22 mag.....2000 to 2200 fps & 40 gr. it will get to were you are aiming, even with a little wind !

    just my thoughts ........ steven
     
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    rusobr2: Bingo!

    I prefer the .22WMR as well. Friends have been bringing their .17's out for our sage rat excursions for over 5 years. I shot their guns a lot, and found exactly what you did: My Contender carbine, with the 22" Bullberry custom barrel would do much better even in a 5mph wind. I got the .17 Savage as a Christmas gift last year, and spent almost all my gun time for the next 4 months with it. On a calm day, I really like it. When the breezes kick up, I grab the WMR (or the Hornet, which I can shoot cheaper than either of the rimfires).
     
  8. Shawn the Locksmith

    Shawn the Locksmith The Dalles, Or Member

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    I haven't shot my new Marlin XT-17V yet. Tomorrow.........Tomorrow....... then back to the killing fields for ground squirrels. Until now i've been using my marlin 22lr with yellowjackets in it. Now i'm looking to r-e-a-c-h out and touch something. I'll try to give a report on how this .17 shoots later.
    shawn
     
  9. joshua bird

    joshua bird lebanon oregon Member

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    i also have a larlin 17 hmr and am in lebanon get hold me if u ever want to go pliking man