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#1404641 - 10/31/09 11:56 PM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: wyoshooter]
RePete Offline
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Registered: 07/11/07
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Loc: Idaho (Clearwater County)
Originally Posted By: wyoshooter
A handloaded Hornet is a dandy predator rifle at reasonable range. A buddy of mine swears by them. He used to shoot a Winchester 22 mag bullet in it.

Any idea where he got the 22mag bullet,, or did he pull em??

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#1404663 - 11/01/09 12:20 AM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: RePete]
wyoshooter Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 204
Loc: Rock Springs, WY
He got some bad ammo or brass from Winchester and was sent a pile of the .22 mag JHP bullets as a payoff of sorts as I remember. He is into swaging his own bullets out of 22 LR brass now with good results. If I remember correctly he was getting 2800+ fps out of the 22 mag bullets out of the Hornet.

#1404719 - 11/01/09 03:06 AM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: wyoshooter]
stevelyn Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 141
Loc: Fairbanksan in Aleutian [beeep...
Hey Rob, we use .17 HMRs on fox all the time out here on the AKPEN and other than for some tiny holes on the off-side where fragments exit on ocassion it's fur-friendly. The CCI and Federal loads topped with the 17 gr Speer TNT work best.

The tipped bullets tend to tear up more on entry.

I've never used the 20 gr Gamepoints, so I can't tell you what they'll do to fur.

I'm not sure whether or not I'd want to use it on lynx though. If hit amidships it should be alright and since they are a little thicker than fox the fragments will probably stay inside.
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#1404726 - 11/01/09 05:06 AM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: stevelyn]
Rob in Alaska Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 10
Loc: Alaska, USA
Yesterday, the only .17 HMR ammo I could find was that using 17 grain v-max bullets. There is more of that than there was .22 LR at one particular store.

Edited by Rob in Alaska (11/01/09 05:09 AM)
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#1404728 - 11/01/09 05:44 AM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: Rob in Alaska]
ghjacobs Offline
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Registered: 09/22/07
Posts: 422
Loc: Dolores Colorado
I have shot a few bobcats, and a lot of foxes with the hornet. I does a good job. Also big anough for coyotes if they are not to far. I have used the 17hmr with less than steller results. It's okay for foxes. but I have lost bobcats, and coyotes shot with it. My pick would be the 17 rem. Which is what I shoot the most of. I have shot a few Marten, but I have used a 22lr, or shotgun on them. The shotgun will do a great job on cats, and foxes also.

#1404795 - 11/01/09 10:05 AM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: ghjacobs]
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Registered: 09/18/07
Posts: 647
Loc: 704, NC
i don't trap, but i shoot a 17hmr with the CCI 20 grain jacketed soft point (dimpled hollow point) i have used them on squirrels b/c the v-max's mess them up too much. i have shot a raccon with the 20 grain pills, they didn't blow a hole in them but turned the insides to mush.
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#1404800 - 11/01/09 10:12 AM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: Abolthunterwssm]
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Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 599
Loc: Classified
two completely different calibers- both good- but the hornet delivers more down range (200 yard yote gun). My biologist killed over 50 does last year and another 36 or 40 this year with his hornet, some beyond 100 yards, and one case a 70 yard double- you couldn't do that with a HMR, not even close. GET THIS- he makes $180 per deer as a side job- what luck that is. I am very found of the 17 HMR just a differnt gun with a different purpose.
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#1404923 - 11/01/09 01:37 PM Re: .17 HMR vs .22 Hornet [Re: ghjacobs]
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Registered: 11/01/09
Posts: 27
Loc: Tennessee USA

Although I love my little 17HMR and shooting it. It is limited to the size of game on the average it is effective on. Yes I know shot placement is the number one thing but we do not always get perfect shot placement. A lot of coyotes have ran off with a 17 HMR round in them when it should have been immediately disabling. I would take some of the other suggestions. Loading as well as various projectile selection is a consideration.


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