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#7017287 - 12/30/17 03:24 PM loving my Savage ..17HMR
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1st pig with my Savage 93R .17HMR. Shot her this morning after the fog lifted enough to safely see the 40 yds to my pig feeder. 39 degrees, heavy fog mist
http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...init=1&f=0. Going to be some fine breakfast sausage although there was little visible fat when I opened her up.

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#7017448 - 12/30/17 06:03 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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Iíve got 2 of the same rifle, and another in the 17wsm. Killed a pig with the warm, but not the hmr. Good job

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#7017450 - 12/30/17 06:03 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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Should have read, killed a pig with the wsm. Stupid autocorrect......

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#7017576 - 12/30/17 07:44 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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Nicely done!

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#7019542 - 01/01/18 07:35 AM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Where did you shoot her? Ear?

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#7019721 - 01/01/18 09:51 AM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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Was aiming for the neck. Too cold and wet to really look good, but didn't see an entrance or exit at all. Guess I should have been more interested but just wanted to get her gutted and me back to a warm camper.

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#7020564 - 01/01/18 06:21 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
budward Offline
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Registered: 01/20/17
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I came pretty close to buying one the other day. I can't decide between .22 mag or .17 hmr...

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#7020879 - 01/01/18 09:21 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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Originally Posted By: Jimbo1
Was aiming for the neck. Too cold and wet to really look good, but didn't see an entrance or exit at all. Guess I should have been more interested but just wanted to get her gutted and me back to a warm camper.


I can assure you, there was no 'exit'. It is rare that I get an exit even on small animals (squirrels, rabbits, crows). Certainly not going to happen on a hog.

Good shooting.
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#7020902 - 01/01/18 09:35 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: budward]
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Originally Posted By: budward
I came pretty close to buying one the other day. I can't decide between .22 mag or .17 hmr...


Just depends on what you want to do with it. There is no question...the .22 mag will hit harder.

IMO...the .17 HMR is best suited for small animals. Raccoons being the upper limit. Yes, I know folks have killed coyotes with them and even hogs, but the diminutive round is being pushed way beyond its practical limit in those cases (again IMO).

Anything bigger than Rabbit (maybe fox and possibly bobcat) and I believe the .22 mag or .17 Winchester Super Magnum would be much better choices.

My .17 HMR is superbly accurate (out to a little past 100 yds.), but I've had quite a few 'crawl offs' with well placed thoracic shots on Raccoon and even some squirrels.

Just my .02 on it.

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#7026323 - 01/05/18 01:26 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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What ammo did you Use? The HP loads dig much deeper in my experiments. I am going to take the testing to the hogs soon. My rifle is a twin to yours.

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#7026650 - 01/05/18 06:10 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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I've only tried the Hornady VMAX 17gr so far.

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#7026825 - 01/05/18 09:03 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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I'm stuck between the 17HMR and 22WMR.

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#7026923 - 01/05/18 10:53 PM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: rickt300]
flintknapper Offline
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Tried just about everything. The CCI 'gamepoints' get a little better penetration and the TNT's are especially explosive, but the fact remains...the cartridge just has its limits. The good news is...my rifle is quite accurate and I can generally make CNS shots (head/brain pan). But thoracic shots have varying results.

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#7027189 - 01/06/18 11:00 AM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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The Hornady XTP 20 grain bullet out penetrates the VMAX by at least twice. Makes it through 2 gallon jugs of water where the VMAX stays in the first jug. At 100 yards that is, haven't done any 50 yard testing. As for choosing between the 17 HMR and the 22 mag I have never owned a 22 mag that came close to the accuracy my 17 is capable of or that had ammo avaluable that would absolutely not ricochet like the 17 VMAX.


Edited by rickt300 (01/06/18 11:06 AM)

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#7027953 - 01/07/18 01:44 AM Re: loving my Savage ..17HMR [Re: Jimbo1]
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