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17hmr or 22 mag #7023329
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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?

Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565] #7023336
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I don’t think either will result in 100% successful DRTs but if the goal is just to kill the varmints, I’d go with the 17. And I think even on coyotes a headshot will always lead to a dead animal.


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17! I think we have the 17wsm, it’s crazy fast and accurate. Dad took a turkey with it last year at 100yards


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Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565] #7023638
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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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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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Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565] #7023998
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17wsm owner too - it’s everything you ever wished a rimfire could be! Extremely accurate right out of the box.

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I like a .22 mag because they're versatile with a good range of bullet weights.

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Base your decision on ammo availability

Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565] #7024078
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If coyotes and bobcats are on the menu I’d go .22 mag. I wouldn’t shoot either past 100 yards with any Rimfire though. I’ve never seen a rabbit shot with a .17 HMR or WSM. A .22 mag blows them up.


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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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Originally Posted By: booradley
I wouldn’t shoot either past 100 yards with any Rimfire though.

Not even the 17WSM, and why?

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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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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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The best would be a 22TCM, although not a rimfire, it’s a stellar round for small game


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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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Originally Posted By: garyrapp55
Originally Posted By: booradley
I wouldn’t shoot either past 100 yards with any Rimfire though.

Not even the 17WSM, and why?


Originally Posted By: jeffbird
.223, .22-250, or .243. An animal should not suffer needlessly.


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Re: 17hmr or 22 mag [Re: bigjoe8565] #7030728
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Ended up with a Savage 93 17 HMR bull barrel in Stainless. I'll primarily use it for rabbits, raccoons and other small vermin. That said, I won't pass up a head shot on a yote or small pig within a reasonable distance.

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