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#7294195 - 01/10/13 10:36 AM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: Hogeye]
bea175 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/02
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Loc: Kpt.,TN , Montgomery, Co, VA
17 HMR is my favorite for squirrel hunting, i only take head shots and that is what squirrel hunting with a rifle is all about
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#7296359 - 01/10/13 06:39 PM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: bea175]
jmsdad Offline
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Registered: 10/06/09
Posts: 497
Loc: CA
I have used them all (17HMR, 17HM2, 22mag, 22LR, 22hornet, and airguns in .17, .20,.22cal) and sold the .17s, the Hornet and most of the airguns. When the season begins and there's leaves on the trees, I use standard velocity .22LR exclusively and break out the .22mag when the leaves fall.

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#7306956 - 01/13/13 09:31 AM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: BrentD]
ZacP Offline
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Registered: 06/12/12
Posts: 397
Loc: Arkansas
Originally Posted By: BrentD
Are the 17's as noisy as a subsonic .22? As a high velocity .22? Or even noisier?

I value the quietest guns. If the 17 is quiet, I might consider it.


The 17HMR is as loud as a 22mag and definitely louder than a standard 22LR. I have the 17, 22mag, 22LR and I really can't find a use for the 17. It's too much for most and not enough for others. It is a cool gun though and one I would never part with.

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#7308447 - 01/13/13 03:02 PM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: bea175]
Vic_in_Va Offline
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Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 5154
Originally Posted By: bea175
17 HMR is my favorite for squirrel hunting, i only take head shots and that is what squirrel hunting with a rifle is all about


A few years ago, my next-door neighbor (may he rest in peace) told me to bring him all the squirrels I cared to shoot, so I started going after them with a vengeance.

When I brought him the first batch, he then asked me not to head-shoot them. He liked to eat the brains.... sick. So, I started lung-shooting them.

Pop....pause....plop. It just took a little longer. They would generally hang on with one claw for a few seconds, then tumble.

I haven't been squirrel hunting since his passing. I may have to do so, it is quite enjoyable. And, they will be head-shot if I can help it.

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#7310643 - 01/14/13 06:45 AM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: Vic_in_Va]
Batchief909 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/08
Posts: 873
Loc: Central Indiana
MDog...if we were a little closer in location, I'd loan ya my .17 before you made a final decision in regards to your purchase. The HMR is definitely fun to shoot, but for your intended purpose ie squirrels....I'd pass.

Looks like you're doing just fine with that sweet single shot rig!


Edited by Batchief909 (01/14/13 06:48 AM)

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#7374033 - 01/28/13 01:19 PM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: ZacP]
ZacP Offline
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Registered: 06/12/12
Posts: 397
Loc: Arkansas
Originally Posted By: ZacP
Originally Posted By: BrentD
Are the 17's as noisy as a subsonic .22? As a high velocity .22? Or even noisier?

I value the quietest guns. If the 17 is quiet, I might consider it.


The 17HMR is as loud as a 22mag and definitely louder than a standard 22LR. I have the 17, 22mag, 22LR and I really can't find a use for the 17. It's too much for most and not enough for others. It is a cool gun though and one I would never part with.


Okay, retraction time. Been out with the HMR a few times over the past week and I am now hooked. 100 yards or 10 it's all the same and will kill any small game I want to shoot. I'd say since it will head shoot a squirrel @ 90 yrds I could take a hog or coyote easily.

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#7382568 - 01/30/13 10:51 AM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: maddog]
Tom264 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 21565
Loc: above you.....
17 hmr too much for squirrels
The 17 hm2 is where it's at.
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#7437131 - 02/13/13 05:44 AM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: Tom264]
ZacP Offline
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Registered: 06/12/12
Posts: 397
Loc: Arkansas
Has anyone found any ammo for the 17HMR that doesn't blow them up? I bought a box of CCI FMJ to try but haven't been out yet.

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#7478479 - 02/23/13 03:56 PM Re: Pics of 17 hmr squirrel kills [Re: ZacP]
Strider Offline
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Registered: 03/20/02
Posts: 735
Loc: The Old Frontier
I don't see the practical advantage over the .22lr. There is just too much price difference.

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