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Rimfire advice. .17 choices/22 choices

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Unread 05-08-2013, 09:16 AM
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Re: Rimfire advice. .17 choices/22 choices

You cant go wrong with any of them all 3 have there good points,for me Plus 1 for the 17hmr,a friend has the 22 mag the 17 is flatter,You can't go wrong with it although the ammo has a short shelf life.I have found the brass cracks,I bought a case of hornady 17hmr ammo & found 150 rounds cracked,& the shop refused to take it back so I'm not buying cases for it anymore,that's the only bad point with the 17.i use the 22 for 50yards on rabbits & foxes its an awesome round,17 is better for 50 to 150 yards in zero wind,if its windy I keep the 17 to 40 or 50 yards
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Unread 05-08-2013, 01:22 PM
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Re: Rimfire advice. .17 choices/22 choices

All the bad press I read about the .17HMR and wind kept me from trying one for several years.
It is much better in wind than I had expected. With the speed it generates, I find it to have less wind drift than any .22 rimfire I have used.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by lewwetzel View Post
For my next rimfire, I'm holding out for the new Winchester .17 Super Mag. In a rifle made some company other than Savage.
X2 on the 17wsm...sept ima stick with my savages....ill give my 93r17 to my wife....
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Unread 05-12-2013, 08:52 PM
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Re: Rimfire advice. .17 choices/22 choices

I picked up a used marlin 917 a few years ago for $350 with a Harris bipod, cabelas .17 scope, and three extra mags. The trigger was heavy but seemed alright. I very rarely put it on paper but my best group was a 300 yard 3 shot group that could be covered by a quarter. I shot squirrels, coons, and tons of pidgeons (my preferred targets) from 25-200 yards and never once cleaned it while I owned it with no issues. I loved the gun and kick myself for selling it. I started having extraction problems and sold it to fund my AR build. My .02 but I would/will buy another marlin.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 04:11 PM
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Re: Rimfire advice. .17 choices/22 choices

I have a very accurate savage 93 MK II in .17HMR that will put five bullets in the same hole @ 50yd. Here is how it has been shooting so far:

Session 1:
Sight it in with 4 power fixed scope. Then I shoot a .75" group at 50

Session 2:
At friend's range. Shoot at cans at various distances (15-50yd) and then shoot at the steel posts, (they are just standard steel posts set up to mark the distances every 25yd our to 100) no problem out to 75yd and second shot hit at 100

Session 3:
P dog out at 250yd first shot right, high. Second shot left. Third shot low left. Fourth shot a hit.

I'm not the most seasoned or experienced shooter out there and the fact that i even reached those ranges was a testamony for the gun's accuracy.

Hope this helped and happy shootin'

P.S. getting a 3-12 scope soon, hope it will take the .17 farther
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Unread 06-09-2013, 12:13 AM
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Re: Rimfire advice. .17 choices/22 choices

I really wanna buy one of them 17wsm! I had a17hmr and it was sweet. My buddy has a mach ii and they're really fun to shoot, they're really quiet!
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Unread 10-27-2013, 12:18 PM
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Re: Rimfire advice. .17 choices/22 choices

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned volquartsen. They are working on the 17 wsm in a semi auto platform that would be devastating to a prairie dog town.
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