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#5712936 - 04/23/15 09:33 AM 17 HMR vs 22-250
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All things being equal, which would you prefer for varmint hunting and why? Looking to get a bolt rifle purely for varmint hunting, probable 200 yard or less shots. Not a reloader (yet?), just factory ammo. Thanks

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#5712943 - 04/23/15 09:43 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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I think you need to better define "all things being equal" because there is a large canyon's worth of difference between the two. Having thoroughly shot both (and regretting not still having a 22-250), here is my take on the two.

the biggest advantage for the 17 in this instance is its weight. The gun will be lighter and obviously so will the ammo. So in a hunting situation, this obviously makes it easier. Also, the cost of both rifle and ammo (and probably the scope you think is appropriate) is significantly cheaper as well.

Aside from the above two points, I would say that the 22-250 would be far superior in every other facet of the "which is better" evaluation. Faster, significantly more bullet options (both factory and hand loading), faster, heavier, more knock down power, etc...
Disclaimer: I am personally a huge fan of the 22-250.

That said, I think neither is the best choice. As much as I love the 22-250, IMO having a 223 bolt is a far better choice over either. While a rimfire rifle will be noticeable lighter, many of people have successfully used a short barreled 223 bolt.


Edited by Korean Redneck (04/23/15 11:34 AM)

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#5712963 - 04/23/15 09:53 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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223 rem up
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#5712967 - 04/23/15 09:55 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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I have both and I carry my 17 in the truck all of the time around the ranch. It replaced the 22 mag for me. I have shot a bunch of stuff with it out to about 100 yards. I have shot a coon or two out to almost 200 but that is really pushing it and you really have to have the wind correct. There is a huge difference between the two. I have a 22-250 and if I am hunting coyotes, bobcats etc I use it. I have even shot a number of deer and hogs with it so I would say there is no comparison.(not trying to start the whole killing deer with a 22-250 thing again) Start with the 22-250 and get a 17 as well.
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#5712974 - 04/23/15 10:00 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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.22-250. It's not even close.
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#5712976 - 04/23/15 10:03 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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You'd have to define "varmints" better. The .17 is great for coons and foxes. But, If my primary target is coyotes or cats I'm grabbing the .22-250. Major difference in energy and trajectory.
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#5713021 - 04/23/15 10:33 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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22-250 hands down. I love the round, although I dont much care to hunt with the gun my 22-250 is in, it weighs over 11 lbs and is freaking long. A shorter rifle is handier, but this 22-250 is a tack driver and puts the hammer down onn any varmint out to 300yds (will do farther but thats my farthest kill).
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#5713024 - 04/23/15 10:36 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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My order for varmint guns i have

22-250
204
223
17hmr
22mag
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#5713025 - 04/23/15 10:37 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
223 rem up

In an AR!
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#5713037 - 04/23/15 10:42 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
Originally Posted By: redchevy
223 rem up

In a AR! bolt gun


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#5713049 - 04/23/15 10:48 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
.22-250. It's not even close.


Yup!

Only varmint cartridge I regularly shoot, and it works every time. Bud of mine killed lots of coyotes with one and decided he wanted more speed. He went to a .204 and started having coyotes walk off from it. I'm sure they died later, but that didn't happen with the .22-250.

Mine gets used primarily for prairie dogs anymore. 500 rounds I shoot in 2 1/2 days. It's fast, consistent, and will buck the wind fairly well.
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#5713111 - 04/23/15 11:31 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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Cool, thanks guys, that helps.

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#5713141 - 04/23/15 11:44 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: Jimbo1]
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Cost - 17HMR
Everything else - 22-250

It's well worth noting that 17HMR rounds are roughly a fifth of the price of centerfire rounds like a 22-250.

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#5713142 - 04/23/15 11:45 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: patriot07]
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Originally Posted By: patriot07
Cost - 17HMR
Everything else - 22-250


Awesome compromise of both... 223 rem
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#5713143 - 04/23/15 11:45 AM Re: 17 HMR vs 22-250 [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: patriot07
Cost - 17HMR
Everything else - 22-250


Awesome compromise of both... 223 rem
Good point

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