I bought a new toy Thursday from a friend that is moving overseas and cannot take any
Fire arms with him. It is a new never fired Savage 93 R17HMR that has been sitting in his safe for 6 years. Took it to lease and sighted in in Saturday morning. Since I did not know what ammo this rifle liked I started with the - CCI A17-17grain @2650fps. Using a Shaky shooting bench at the lease I sighted in a 100yds and holding a 3/4inch group( gun is capable of much more but not off that POS shooting bench) I had checked the trigger before leaving home and it was breaking clean @ 3lb.
Started off hunting with it Saturday morning & shot#1 smoked a crow @ 100yards.
went down to my Pig hunting area & did not see anything except some squirrel crawling thru the varmint cage of the feeders stealing corn. Shot #2 - one less corn thief @ 80 yards
Saturday evening sitting on tripod in my Pig hunting area not seeing much of anything except Birds/doves & hawks hunting the doves on the feeder. Had a hawk wing past me about 5foot away(pretty cool) It was getting close to 8pm and out of the blue 4 pigs just appeared on my feeder. Did not even see them come in(so much for paying attention)
They were lined up side by side in a row ( at this time I was wishing for my AR-10/.308) would have been interesting to see how many pigs a 150grain would go thru .
I picked out the pig on the end closest to me & put a shot #3 -.17HMR round between the Ear and front of shoulder. Pig drops and the other 3 haul [censored]. The pig I shot was doing the pig bicycle & making zero noise. It dropped with its back toward me & I put another .17HMR (shot#4 for the day)in the neck below base of skull. I don't think it was needed but better safe than sorry.
Pig turned out to be a 125lb Sow. I am not telling everyone they should use a 17HMR to hunt pigs and any shot besides a CNS would have a wounded pig running off
I was quite impressed in how lethal the 17HMR is . First 4 shots Saturday was a Kill. I will be using this quite often while varmint hunting this summer.
308 case / 223 case / loaded 17 HMR round - 17grain @ 2650fps