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Teach me about .17 cal guns!

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Hrethgir, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    I was recently at BiMart looking at ammo, and saw that all the. 22lr was gone, but there was plenty of. 17, which I am completely unfamiliar with. Looked like mini. 223 rounds, and from what I read, it's a pretty high velocity round. But that's all I really know about it. So teach me! Is it fun and cost-effective for plinking like. 22 is? Would it be worth picking up a .17 for plinking, or should I look for a .22lr plinker? Just couldn't help but notice that .17 is easier to find right now, so I got to doing something dangerous... thinking!
     
  2. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    My father in law has a .17HMR and enjoys shooting it. Pretty dang accurate. Good small game hunting round. Not as cheap as .22lr.
     
  4. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    When you say not very cheap to shoot, what's that compared to? My only other gun is a 9mm pistol, gotta be cheaper than that! I don't even remember what the. 17 was selling for though.
     
  5. ericb

    ericb Klamath Falls, OR Active Member

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    17hmr ammo is generally around $10 for a box of 50.

    It is great for small game and varmints, but the explosive impact tends to destroy a lot of meat if you're hunting for food.
     
  6. HahnsXD

    HahnsXD Battle Ground WA Active Member

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    CCI does offer an FMJ now. I don't know how well it works on critters but it punches right through a 22lr metal spinner target that the Vmax and hollow points only make divots in.
     
  7. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    I was comparing it to .22LR since that is what you were talking about? Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
     
  8. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    HAHNSXD...

    So much for that Warrenty....:bluelaugh:

    Jack...:cool:
     
  9. Jester316

    Jester316 Beaverton Member

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    I have a Marlin XT-17VR and love it.

    I've lighten the trigger by replacing the return spring with the spring from a Bic pen. Consistent 2.5-3lb pull (don't have a scale, but it's light as snow and hasn't failed yet). Bi-Mart almost always has sale on their .17 ammo for 10.80ish for 50rds. Otherwise it's normally 12ish for 50. Loud as hell. Don't assume that tiny little bullet is like a .22 out of a rifle and you don't need hearing protection (I learned that the hard way). I haven't shot anything living with it yet, but hope to make it to eastern Oregon sometime soon for some rabbits..
     
  10. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Pic up a Savage 93 and get a few boxes of ammo, it is a fun little round and the cost is comparable to .22mag. The impact on a squirrel is pretty nasty with the ballistic tips. I have a Rifle Basix sear in one of mine (pre accutrigger model) set at 13oz which makes it real accurate long range. The only issue I have heard of is windy days do not set well at longer ranges.
     
  11. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    We have a couple HMR's. We love them. HahnsXD is rite about the spinners!
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  12. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    All good info, thanks! Looked at some rifles online, and looks like the prices are pretty reasonable too. Sounds like a fun little round!
     
  13. belcher

    belcher vancouver wa Active Member

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    There awsome, head shots on ground squarls can tickle you pink. i have 2 and selling/ trading one of them so it doesnt sit around. Shoot me a pm if you interested in getting one.
     
  14. CoyoteHitman

    CoyoteHitman Central Point New Member

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    Yep you can't beat the savage 93 for the price. The acutrigger is amazing. I was in the same boat a few years ago on the .17 cartridge when a buddy let me shot his. It's amazingly accurate and a blast to shot. If you wanna reach oit and hit stuff get a .17 setup.
     
  15. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    Never thought about rabbit hunting, that's pretty good eats. I'd like to get some feral pigs, but not a big population of them in Oregon, and pretty sure a .17 isn't enough for one of those anyways!
     
  16. just dan

    just dan PDX Active Member

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    i have a Savage 93, pre accu-trigger, in .17HMR.
    it sees the light of day a lot more than my .22lr, even with the higher ammo cost.

    figure 19 cents/round for .17HMR vs a few pennies for cheap/dirty .22lr... but all HMR (as far as i know) is match grade.

    the .17HMR takes a coyote at 200 yards.
    demolishes rabbits under 250 yards unless you get a head shot (no harvest-able meat with a body shot).
    hits harder at 100yd than a .22lr has at the barrel.
    super flat trajectory.
    just. plain. fun. to. shoot.
    actually, it's one of my favorite calibers to shoot.
     
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    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    I hate crows & "if it was legal" to shoot them with a 17, it would be allot of fun!:paranoid:
     
  18. just dan

    just dan PDX Active Member

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    IT'S NOT???? (closes blinds and turns down the lights, whistles innocently)
     
  19. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    My brother & I do allot of crow hunting. It's shot gun only!
     
  20. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    For plinking, they seem expensive maybe.
    For sage rats, it's the .22 magnum by a nose.