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.17 HMR for coyotes?

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Unread 03-03-2008, 12:25 AM
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I just found one today at the local gander mtn. used but in great shape a savage 93 bull barrel with accu trigger for 125.00 couldnt pass it up.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 05:09 PM
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shot placement is everything. if hit right out to 100 yards it wouldnt go far. BUT the 17hmr is not knowen for its penatration. A friend of mine uses it for beaver drops em right away when shot in the head.

But if i was going after coyotes i wouldnt carry a 17hmr my 204 ruger then gets the nod.

2 years ago while shooting muskrats with a .22 i came across a coyote. 70 yards in the head it was dead right where it stood
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Unread 03-07-2008, 09:54 PM
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I won a Savage 17HMR and it's not that accurate. However, it works great for dispatching fur in our live traps. No matter how close you are I've never had a V-Max exit.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 10:58 AM
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The 17 HMR works fine on coyotes at shorter ranges and using the non-plastic tipped bullets and proper shot placement. For me, this means the head on a coyote. The 17 HMR is plenty accurate enough for this type of shot placement out to 100 yards or so for certain. With this being said, about the only time I would use it would be in a location where I was caliber restricted or in the woods. If they let you use a larger caliber and you own one larger then I can't justify using a 17 HMR.

Mine is also the Savage and the only mod to it was installing a rifle basix trigger to it. When there isn't a wind blowing I can shoot groups as good as most peoples deer rifles can at 100 yards. Sub MOA easy. The thing shoots very well.
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Unread 02-05-2009, 08:05 PM
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Re: .17 HMR for coyotes?

Snipersam,Wow where do you live that you can ''shoot beaver and muskrat with any type of gun''...Never heard of that before...Just curious...
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Unread 02-06-2009, 10:58 PM
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Re: .17 HMR for coyotes?

i have always had a hard time getting the old primer out of my 22 Mag.
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Unread 02-08-2009, 10:47 AM
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Re: .17 HMR for coyotes?

Hey Bear, I don't have any problem getting the old primers out, but it's a real B**** getting the new ones in and seated properly
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