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  • 17 HMR....is it any good?

    Just last night I horse traded into a new Ruger American in 17HMR. I have never been a big fan of anything in 17 caliber. Always heard that they were finicky and took extra care in cleaning in order to function properly. I also got a brick of 17 grain Hornady V-Max ammo in the deal so I guess I'll give it a chance to grow on me.

    Any opinions on the rifle? How 'bout the cartridge?

  • #2
    Second-hand only because I've never owned a 17HMR, but consider this:

    Prairie dogs are a big thing back at our place in CO. Time was, guys played a lot with 22 mags, but mostly found them wanting in the accuracy department. Just couldn't get reliable hits much past 100 yards, and with most guns less than that. They were expensive to shoot, and I could do better with a decent 22LR. That was all for the close shooting we did first, before switching to 222 and 223 for "mid-range" work, then finally to bigger cases for reaching as far as we could reach.

    These days I never see a 22Mag, much less a 22LR. All the guys have switched to the 17HMR, and they're making kills to amazing distances. Just an accurate little round in a lot of guns and plenty flat shooting. And the Ruger is the best of the best in rimfires among the guys I know who are popping a whole lot of sod poodles. Some don't even bother with their 222's and 223's any more.
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    • #3
      I have a marlin 17hmr bolt action and I love that gun. Super accurate to 100yards plus. Groups good at 200 yards but a lot of drop. With knowledge of a bullets trajectory it is reliable at 200 yards. As far as cleaning, I admit this gun has been neglected compared to my other firearms and it's still functions and shoots great

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BrownBear View Post
        Second-hand only because I've never owned a 17HMR, but consider this:

        Prairie dogs are a big thing back at our place in CO. Time was, guys played a lot with 22 mags, but mostly found them wanting in the accuracy department. Just couldn't get reliable hits much past 100 yards, and with most guns less than that. They were expensive to shoot, and I could do better with a decent 22LR. That was all for the close shooting we did first, before switching to 222 and 223 for "mid-range" work, then finally to bigger cases for reaching as far as we could reach.

        These days I never see a 22Mag, much less a 22LR. All the guys have switched to the 17HMR, and they're making kills to amazing distances. Just an accurate little round in a lot of guns and plenty flat shooting. And the Ruger is the best of the best in rimfires among the guys I know who are popping a whole lot of sod poodles. Some don't even bother with their 222's and 223's any more.
        USDA-WS here has a gaggle of them mostly Ruger 77MK-IIs but a couple Marlins. I went through them all and was quite impressed with the way they shot. There was one Ruger showing a lot of throat erosion (you always hear 17s do that) and I noted it even though it shot as well as any. Later I found out the round count on that gun was close to 5000 and I estimate it was about half way shot out . . . 10K rounds seems expectable life to me!


        The American is okay, Id much rather have a 77MK-II for the 3 position safety but in rim fire I put American right with the old tang safety 77 . . . In center fire I hate the big fat heavy round bolt on the American.

        Id say you got ya a great goffer and cat poker, good round in a not bad rifle that should serve you well.
        Andy
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        • #5
          Originally posted by hoose35 View Post
          I have a marlin 17hmr bolt action and I love that gun. Super accurate to 100yards plus. Groups good at 200 yards but a lot of drop. With knowledge of a bullets trajectory it is reliable at 200 yards. As far as cleaning, I admit this gun has been neglected compared to my other firearms and it's still functions and shoots great

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          Yes a real pain to get a patch down that little hole and it's best to have a good one piece rod for 17 cal.
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          • #6
            My personal experience with the .17HMR is with a CZ-452 Varmint. I "fixed" the trigger with parts from Brownell's, bedded the action for a free floated barrel, got a set of Picatinny sight blocks and mounted a Pride-Fowler BDC scope and tested different ammo. This gun shoots sub-moa at 100 yds. with about everything, but it likes the 17 grain CCI and Hornady. In front of witnesses, I hit a gopher on the first shot at 225yds. This gun is a hoot to shoot. I clean it with a "bore snake" and call it good.
            JMPEFWIW
            Craig

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            • #7
              The .17 HMR might be good for plinking and Prairie Dogs but is terrible for any Fox, Lynx or Coyotes. I couldn't get rid of mine fast enough..

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              • #8
                A friend of mine got one not too long ago. We did some very impressive shooting out to remarkable distances with it- especially since it's a rimfire.

                100yds was a piece of cake and sniping the heads off ptarmigan wouldn't be very hard, hits out to 250 are entirely possible on a calm day.

                Probably best kept as a small game gun if you can head shoot them.I think it lacks bullet weight for lynx and fox at any distance and it's completely out of coyote margins in my book.
                "I do not deal in hypotheticals. The world, as it is, is vexing enough..." Col. Stonehill, True Grit

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                • #9
                  I have owned mine for several years and absolutly love it's performance. I am running the Remington 598. Yes, there was a recall on it but Remington can kiss my ***.

                  These are very accurate but they do damage hides. They are great with head shots but very destructive on anything else. I have noticed more and more people switching to them due to ammo availability but that has changed recently. I use a one piece rod and scrub the heck out of it. Not because I feel it has to be, just out of habit. You will not be dissapointed
                  Ignorance is not Bliss, it's insanity

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                  • #10
                    I had and traded a Marlin. It was super accurate with cheap glass, but was the wrong gun at the wrong time. Wish I still had it, especially when .22 was hard to find and .17 was plentiful.

                    Like I said, really really accurate. And I'm not much for cleaning guns very often.

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                    • #11
                      I only hunt grouse with mine. It's a fun gun to practice with and I thought my son to shoot with it, a great way to learn to shoot a scoped rifle before moving onto something with recoil

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for this info. I'm on the fence about getting one. You guys are tipping me off the fence.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Yukon Cornelius View Post
                          Thanks for this info. I'm on the fence about getting one. You guys are tipping me off the fence.
                          Me too...!!!
                          Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hodgeman View Post
                            .I think it lacks bullet weight for lynx and fox at any distance and it's completely out of coyote margins in my book.
                            If it's that accurate, what about behind the ear sighted in at 200 yds. with a good scope..............still wouldn't try it?
                            Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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                            • #15
                              Poachers killed a caribou or moose with one a few years back. I forget which.

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