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#6245910 - 04/02/16 09:01 PM Who uses .17 HMR for varmints?
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What is the practical limit? I'm thinking raccoon sized animals?

What is your favorite ammo?

So far....I am liking CCI 17 gr. TNT and CCI 20 gr. Gamepoint.

Using a CZ-455.

Rabbits, Squirrel, Crow and Coons my only experience so far. (edit to add turtles)


Flint.


Edited by flintknapper (04/02/16 11:33 PM)
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#6245958 - 04/02/16 09:56 PM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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If you have a coyote standing still at 50 yards and can hit him in the brain or top of the spine, it'll do.
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#6246004 - 04/02/16 10:49 PM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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With mine I've killed crows, coons, turtles, and fish eating birds.

My Dad uses his for almost everything....coyotes, dogs, possums, skunks, geese, armadillos...pretty much everything. He's killed probably a dozen dogs and coyotes with his and I don't think he's lost any of them.

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#6246008 - 04/02/16 10:55 PM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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I was using my HMR until I got a Savage 17WSM. It's a cheap rifle but I get more distance and punch for the same price as the HMR. I'm still waiting to see what I can do with a hog.

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#6246021 - 04/02/16 11:31 PM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: DocHorton]
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Originally Posted By: DocHorton
With mine I've killed crows, coons, turtles, and fish eating birds.

My Dad uses his for almost everything....coyotes, dogs, possums, skunks, geese, armadillos...pretty much everything. He's killed probably a dozen dogs and coyotes with his and I don't think he's lost any of them.


I've been curious how it would perform on Armadillo. I have also shot a good many turtles (red eared sliders) in our ponds. I don't know that I will attempt coyote, I just have my doubts about that.
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#6246025 - 04/02/16 11:33 PM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: Reggie]
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Originally Posted By: Reggie
I was using my HMR until I got a Savage 17WSM. It's a cheap rifle but I get more distance and punch for the same price as the HMR. I'm still waiting to see what I can do with a hog.


Is there anything you can contribute about the .17 HMR.

The WSM (while interesting) is not really the subject, though I wish you well with it.
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#6246083 - 04/03/16 07:00 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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I've collected quite a few different animals with mine: raccoons, possums, skunks, one bobcat, armadillos, feral cats and crows. The CCI TNT's seem to give me the best accuracy out of my particular rig, but I've used a bunch of different kinds of ammo and they've all performed pretty well. I think that it would be effective with a well placed shot on a coyote, but I wouldn't try a shot unless they were within 75 yards.


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#6246097 - 04/03/16 07:51 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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coyote @ 60yds,dropped like a sack of feed
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#6246117 - 04/03/16 08:32 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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Done quite a bit of small varmint shooting with the .17HMR, mostly Columbian and Richardsons ground squirrels, but have also used it on rabbits, grouse, skunks, and raccoons...and a raccoon I think is the practical upper limit....Though I think it would be ideal on grey fox...I usually carry something bigger in case something bigger comes to the call wink








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#6246228 - 04/03/16 10:48 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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i use mine for just about everything , taken lots of fox,coons, possims, bobcats,yotes, and a few hogs.but shot placement is everything. the ammo i found to be the most satifying to me is CCI gamepoint , it holds togather like a remington corelock at long distance, ive taken many critters at 80 plus yards with them. i use FMJ`s when i shoot hogs and thats mostly at about 35 yards from a tree over my feeder.


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#6246231 - 04/03/16 10:54 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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#6246232 - 04/03/16 10:55 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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#6246236 - 04/03/16 11:06 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: flintknapper]
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Originally Posted By: flintknapper
Originally Posted By: Reggie
I was using my HMR until I got a Savage 17WSM. It's a cheap rifle but I get more distance and punch for the same price as the HMR. I'm still waiting to see what I can do with a hog.


Is there anything you can contribute about the .17 HMR.

The WSM (while interesting) is not really the subject, though I wish you well with it.



I re-read the post and apologize for going in a total different direction. I have a couple to HMR's and enjoy shooting them. I have killed possums and raccoons with it. I tried it on squirrels but it tears them up really badly unless you head shoot them. I really love the HMR round.

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#6246257 - 04/03/16 11:23 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: Reggie]
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Originally Posted By: Reggie
Originally Posted By: flintknapper
Originally Posted By: Reggie
I was using my HMR until I got a Savage 17WSM. It's a cheap rifle but I get more distance and punch for the same price as the HMR. I'm still waiting to see what I can do with a hog.


Is there anything you can contribute about the .17 HMR.

The WSM (while interesting) is not really the subject, though I wish you well with it.



I re-read the post and apologize for going in a total different direction. I have a couple to HMR's and enjoy shooting them. I have killed possums and raccoons with it. I tried it on squirrels but it tears them up really badly unless you head shoot them. I really love the HMR round.



Agreed, I think it is good advice to 'head' shoot squirrels if possible. I have taken with both the CCI TNT and the 'Gamepoint' and both can make a mess of them.

Good tip, thank you Sir. up
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#6246266 - 04/03/16 11:33 AM Re: Who uses .17 HMR for varmints? [Re: breadman]
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NICE work with the .17 HMR! laugh

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