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17 HMRs what do we use them for?

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OK...after all the gun scare hype is over, What are 17 HMRs good for? Plenty of the shells on gun shelves are left over. But why? How can I use them if I buy the rifle? Why are so many bullets available?

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The reason i got is because there are no production 17 semi auto's. But Remington did make one but are recalling because of out of battery explosions. So now im stuck with either sending in mine to get rebarreled to a 22 Mag, or a 250 dollar rebate to use toward another Rem. product.

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They work well for squirrel and other small game. Flat shooter and more fun practicing at my 100 yard targets with it then using a .22 at 50 yards.

Rob

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Squirrels, rabbits, and other varmints have fallen to my 17hmr. My longest shot on a squirrel was 85 yards from the top of the ridge to the bottom, I missed on my first shot because I forgot to aim low due to the 75' drop in elevation, second shot I held just below the head, shot went through the ear. The reason there are so many different bullets is just like any other caliber, each gun shoots bullets differently. My buddy has 2 17hmr's one likes Hornady 17 grain vmax, the other loves federal 17 grain. My 17hmr is a tack driver with Hornady 20 gr. hp, we shoot primers out of unloaded shotgun shells at 50 yards with our 17's. Using a rest of course.

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I have shot lots of prairie dogs with my savage btvs, all to way out to 300 yards. It is a tack driver, easily under 1 MOA at a hundred yards. The only problem with it is the little bullets sure blow around in the wind.

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once I traded my 22 for a 17HMR, I do not have any desire to go back to a 22 for a critter getter gun... squirrels to wood chucks, and even a coyote in a pinch have fallen down range of mine...

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Not much of anything for me. I bought the gun as it was a great deal used.

Bought the gun, scope & case and 6 boxes of shells for &65.00. Shells were worth that amount.

Very accurate rifle but I really did not need it.

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