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#7023329 - 01/03/18 02:46 PM 17hmr or 22 mag
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Wanting a new rimfire for rabbit, raccoons, skunks, bobcats and coyotes that happen to walk past my blinds. Ranges will be 100-150 yards. Which caliber best fills that bill?

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#7023336 - 01/03/18 02:50 PM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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I donít think either will result in 100% successful DRTs but if the goal is just to kill the varmints, Iíd go with the 17. And I think even on coyotes a headshot will always lead to a dead animal.
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#7023555 - 01/03/18 05:07 PM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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17! I think we have the 17wsm, itís crazy fast and accurate. Dad took a turkey with it last year at 100yards
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#7023638 - 01/03/18 06:04 PM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Of the two I'd go with the 17 but the 22 mag is no slouch especially with some of the new ammo available. It was my primary weapon when I was selling hides.
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#7023940 - 01/03/18 09:43 PM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
17! I think we have the 17wsm, it’s crazy fast and accurate. Dad took a turkey with it last year at 100yards

I went with the .17 wsm too..... up
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#7023998 - 01/03/18 10:25 PM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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17wsm owner too - itís everything you ever wished a rimfire could be! Extremely accurate right out of the box.

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#7024047 - 01/03/18 11:50 PM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
machine73 Offline
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I like a .22 mag because they're versatile with a good range of bullet weights.

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#7024076 - 01/04/18 03:59 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Base your decision on ammo availability

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#7024078 - 01/04/18 04:04 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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If coyotes and bobcats are on the menu Iíd go .22 mag. I wouldnít shoot either past 100 yards with any Rimfire though. Iíve never seen a rabbit shot with a .17 HMR or WSM. A .22 mag blows them up.
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#7024299 - 01/04/18 08:23 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Looking at the chart, a 17WSM has more thump than a 22 WMR. Not that you're shooting that far, but the Hornady 20gr VMAX has 188 ft/lbs at 200 yards, compared to their 30gr VMAX which only has 141 at 100 yards. I'd look hard at a 17 WSM.
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#7024434 - 01/04/18 09:39 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: booradley]
garyrapp55 Offline
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Originally Posted By: booradley
I wouldnít shoot either past 100 yards with any Rimfire though.

Not even the 17WSM, and why?

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#7024526 - 01/04/18 10:29 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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I like the WSM, but a little hesitant of buying a new caliber that might not stick around.

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#7024545 - 01/04/18 10:38 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Originally Posted By: bigjoe8565
...bobcats and coyotes ... Ranges will be 100-150 yards....
.223, .22-250, or .243. An animal should not suffer needlessly.

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#7024565 - 01/04/18 10:50 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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The best would be a 22TCM, although not a rimfire, itís a stellar round for small game
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#7029576 - 01/08/18 10:44 AM Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Given those two choices I'd go .17 HMR accuracy is much better than any .22 mag I have seen.
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