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#5420903 - 11/14/14 02:26 PM Favorite small game caliber?
Gone to Texas Offline
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I am looking for a rifle for rabbit and squirrel hunting. I already own a 22lr but would like a round that could reach out further, 100 yards with strong accuracy.

I have been looking at the 17 hmr but I am worried about meat damage. I have read about the 17 wsm also but I am thinking if I want centerfire performance then I should by a centerfire rifle.

Anyway, what do y'all like to use and had success with?

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#5420939 - 11/14/14 02:43 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
txbloodbrother14 Offline
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Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 115
Loc: Austin, TX
I love my Ruger 10/22.

I have friends who swear by their 17 HMRs. They mainly make headshots with those on small game to avoid meat damage. I've always wanted to try out the 17 on squirrels and rabbits.
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#5420953 - 11/14/14 02:48 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Loc: Abilene, TX
I would say 17hmr or 22mag. I have a 22 mag and 100 yards is pushing it for me on accuracy. 17hmr is how I'd go if I was you for what your wanting.

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#5420994 - 11/14/14 03:12 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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17hmr and call it good. I wouldn't worry about damaging meat too much.
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#5421893 - 11/15/14 06:44 AM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
22 hornet
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#5421901 - 11/15/14 06:52 AM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: colt45]
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.223 Remington in a light walk-about rifle like the Rem M7, Tikka Lite, or Browning X-Bolt.
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#5425026 - 11/16/14 08:20 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 1809
Loc: Dallas, Tx.
.17 HMR up Great little round for small game.

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#5427367 - 11/17/14 07:05 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
bcwhit Offline
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Registered: 12/18/09
Posts: 192
Loc: San Marcos
17 hmr, been using it for a year now it is great.

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#5427541 - 11/17/14 07:52 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 09/30/12
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Loc: Ft. Benning, GA
Look at a .223 rem with an FMJ bullet if you are worried about meat damage
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#5427565 - 11/17/14 08:02 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Meat damage you won't have to worry bout that with a rim fire past 100yrds. What are you shooting? .223 is a great shooting slower round that sounds like what you need.. If you want a rim fire with a punch .22mag or .17hmr is way to go.. Me personally a 22-250 is one Of the greats...
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#5427818 - 11/17/14 09:28 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
taterpop Offline
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Registered: 10/25/14
Posts: 45
I have two plinksters one bolt action and one automatic for a coon hunting guns

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#5427868 - 11/17/14 09:40 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
j-thames Offline
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 118
Loc: Stephenville
22 hornet.

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#5427906 - 11/17/14 10:02 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 05/30/11
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Loc: Rockport, Tx.
Buy a .17 HMR, never used them on rabbits or squirrels but have been shooting pigs and yotes with them for years up to 100 yrds all DRT as long as you do your part. Shot a dog at 175 yrds a few weeks ago, game over. I just bought a new .17 WSM, have scope & ammo just need bases & rings and to get it to the range. Looking forward to putting it to use...If you're going to use the .17 for rabbits & squirrels make sure you only shoot for the head or forget about eating them. That little bullet does a lot of damage.

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#5429247 - 11/18/14 02:09 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
bradtown Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 237
Loc: Concho Valley
22 hornet

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#5429325 - 11/18/14 02:29 PM Re: Favorite small game caliber? [Re: Gone to Texas]
Sooner N TX Offline
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Registered: 12/02/10
Posts: 397
Loc: Garland, TX
7.26X39 worked well on racoons.rolleyes

Pig hunting and had 6 of the little masked bandits come in. Took one in the shoulder with a hollow point at 15 yrds. Needless to say, but he was Dead Right There, and There and little over There also. rifle eek2

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