So I just woke up from the 9-year long 17 HMR buzz.
I had a 22 mag Marlin that I sold for a 17 Marlin. I also had a single six with two cylinders that I sold and replaced with a 17. What a ridiculous mistake! The 17 HMR is nothing like what a 22 mag is. Some drooled over the velocity, and others drooled over the flat trajectory........I'm glad I woke up from the ridiculous trance that was "marketed" into my head. Honestly.....what does that velocity do for you when hunting small game? Here's the obvious answer: Nothing.
What does the longer range do for you when hunting small game? Again....here's the obvious answer for yah: nothing.
I can't believe I turned my back on the good ole 22 mag. I sold the 17 Marlin, and the barrel and cylinder is getting pulled off my single six. You want it? Come and take this barrel and cylinder.....they're free and worthless as far as I'm concerned. For all practical range that small game are shot, the 22 mag always did the trick. I've shot the 17 from the very beginning of it's inception so I feel I've rightfully earned the ability to make this decision.
The 17 HMR is such a small bore that it's finicky to everything: just the slightest damage will effect accuracy, and any more that 20 rounds and accuracy goes way down hill. The wind takes these bullets and pulls em hard (even the 20 grain game point). In my revolver, after 50 shots at the range, the small bore gets so fouled that it creates dangerous pressure until the shoulders start splitting open and hot shards of brass hit you in the face. The bore is so tiny, that any slight misalignment of the cylinder to the barrel.......there goes the accuracy. I tried to stay on board this band wagon when they came out with the 20 grain game point.......but that only pulled the wool over my eyes once more.
I have no need to shoot past 100 yards at a fox, beaver, coyote, ptarmigan, rabbit, or grouse. And I have no need for nothing than a good ole 40 grain FMJ launched from a 22 mag that will bludgeon it's way through a beaver skull every time.
Before I moved up here, back in 1999 I had admired my 22 mag. after I had shot a small whitetail buck at about 75 yds., the bullet passed through his neck. Come to think of it.......any 22 mag. that I owned would shoot well over 100 rounds before accuracy was ever effected. So long 17 "H.yped-up M.oronic R.imfire". Time to bring back the tried and true oldy.