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Old 05-13-09, 09:09 PM
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17 hmr

Gun nuts jumped here first didn't you?

I have been wanting a 17 HMR for some time, I like the idea of a tiny round with solid impact, and it would be great for taking care of small varments.

So, is there anyone her that has experience with this caliber and would like to share the pluses and minuses.

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Old 05-13-09, 09:11 PM
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Great round for its intended purposes. But ammo can be hard to find, and it will most definitely be expensive.
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Old 05-13-09, 09:21 PM
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Really, I had no idea. I thought it had turned out kind of like the 22. Well it's to bad, maybe I'll keep thinking about it for awhile.

Shoot, my threads always seem to run out of powder.

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Old 05-13-09, 11:39 PM
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Definitely look into the price and availability of that ammo. Any ammo, nowdays. In your neck of the woods, there is also that lead bullet/condor restriction, be aware of that. I believe bullets with exposed lead cannot be shot.
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I can't shoot exposed lead but can I shoot a condor?

We don't have condors up here, they are much farther south, at least the last I heard. Eagles and Hawks we have aplenty.

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O.K., that ban is farther south. Here is a map of the area... http://www.scvqu.com/Lead%20Bullet%20Band.htm
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Thanks.

Any 17 hmr stories, anyone? No sense wasting a good thread......
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It's not about shooting the condors, it's about leaving the lead in things that condors eat. The environmentalists in CA claim that this is causing lead poisoning in the condors. I haven't read enough about it to know if its true or not.

.17 hmr won't give you nearly as much range as a .223 or similar centerfire, but it's got less recoil, and the ammunition is usually cheaper.

Do you already have a good .22? That should be your first investment, as one of those will have darn near the same accuracy, slightly less energy, and be a lot cheaper to shoot. Obviously a lot of folks set up Ruger 10/22's for target shooting, but there's also really good offerings from Remington, Savage, and CZ (I'm kind of a bolt-action guy).

I'm afraid I don't have any good .17 HMR stories for you...aside from the fact that I can't keep straight all the different .17 caliber rounds that have been invented over the years, but hey...as long as we're on the topic, Michigander or anyone else, have you heard if Ruger's talked about producing a 10/.17HMR?
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I thought about getting a .17hmr but my .22 does the job for most varmints smaller than say a fox or coyote. Unless your varmints are fox's or coyotes or bigger, no need for a .17hmr. My dad shot a jack rabbit from about 20yds with his .17hmr and there was pretty much nothing left of it.
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