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.17 HMR or .22 Mag ?

 
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:45 PM
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.17 HMR or .22 Mag ?

Has anyone built or bought a custom barreled (Shilen, Lilja, etc.) .22 Mag? I would like to know if it is possible for the .22 Mag to be as accurate as the .17 HMR before I decide which one to build. I have seen a couple of JE Custom .17 HMR's shoot under 1/2 moa at 100 yds, and wonder if the .22 Mag can do it.

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Old 05-01-2008, 05:50 AM
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From what I understand, much of the accuracy of the HMR is due to the excellent ammunition available. The loaded cartridges are simply put together with much tighter tolerances.
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:28 AM
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Tom ,the trouble with the rim fire rifles is that your at the mercy of the loaded ammo and their is very little quality loaded ammo for the 22mag. i have a Ruger 77/22 that i rebarreled to 17HMR and have since swapped back to the 22mag with a better barrel. the speed and accuracy of the little 17 was impressive but the on target performance on anyhting bigger than a small rodent not impressive at all , with the 22 mag i can easly kill coyotes , cats and feral dogs easly at 100yds. My little Ruger will consistanly group around an inch with most factroy ammo.
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:51 PM
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britz, ammo was one of my concerns with the .22 Mag. I have a few boxes of Federal, CCI, Winchester and Remington Premier. I think all of them have jacketed bullets. I have the most confidence in the Remington (for no particular reason). JE Custom has found that the Hornady round is the best in the .17's he has shot.

James, the main reason that I also would prefer a .22 Mag is the bullet weight. I think they are 40 grs or so. The other reason is that I would just like to see if a .22 Mag can be made to shoot really well.

I am looking for a Savage or Marlin donor rifle. I don't think I can afford an Anschutz, or a Ruger. Need a good trigger, and a stable barrel mount. Haven't taken a Savage or Marlin apart, so don't know how their barrels are mounted.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks, Tom
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17 is a great cartridge I had a savage that would shoot 1/2 moa groups @ 100 yards.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:20 AM
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i rebarreled a martini with a heavy shilen barrel. with federal #757 load it shoots mid 4's to high 6's consistantly at 100 yards. i got rid of my hmr as the heavier 22 bullets kill better. truthfully though it was a lot of money for a little gain.
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42, what length did you crown the barrel at? I'm planning to crown at 20". Is it a .224 centerfire barrel, and what twist did you use? Sounds encouraging. I use mostly Shilen barrels.

Thanks to all, Tom
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