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Are any those off the shelf factory 17HMRs worth buying for idle target shooting. I reload for my .223s and 6mmBRs, but I'd like a caliber that I didn't have to reload for. 22LRs just don't have enough sting. Any recommendations in 17HMR, like a Savage or CZ.
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and should I consider a combo deal?
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I have a great Anschutz 17hmr... myfriend has a Cooper which he likes also... either one of these should make you happy
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My marlin 917VSF has shot 20gr gamepoints into 0.48" at 100m. I thats straight out of the box and after about 200 rounds through it.
However with the price of 17hmr ammo going nuts here, im selling it and just loading down my centefires if i want short range ammo
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Bought one of those .17 HMR CZ Varminters for my son. Well made little rifle that shoots amazingly well. Even with the cost of .17 ammo going up, it sure is nice to just go buy 500 - 1000 rounds at a time and not worry about reloading for it. Very easy to shoot, accurate and effective on small varmints.
The trigger could use some attention, but I understand that there are aftermarket spring kits to solve the mushy trigger pull.
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The guns are good but it's cheeper to load your 223 than buy 17HMR. IHMO the 22mag is better and CHEAPER I've had Annie's in both Carts. traded the 17HMR still have the 22mag. BTW they both shot eaqually well.
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have a 40X 22mag... love it too!
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I am a big fan of the 17 HMR!
I have a bone stock Marlin 917 that will routinely shoot 3/4 inch 5 shot groups at 100 yds, some times much better, rarely worse. I have three friends with the same rifle (2 blued like mine, 1 is stainless) that do the same. Trigger needs to be worked on, otherwise ready to go out of box.
Most folks get better accuracy with the 17 gr v-max than any other bullet.
Most of the 17 HMR ammo is loaded by the same manufacturer and just packaged in different boxes under different brand names (Federal, Hornady, CCI). We have found that there is some lot to lot differences in accuracy, but not really between brands. I have probably shot about 4,000 to 5,000 rounds through mine so far.
Easy to clean, they don't typically copper foul, but does take 17 cal specific cleaning equipment (which can be heard to find).
We used to use these extensively for shooting prairie dogs to about 200 yds, but the 17 HMR cost ($0.24 per) is now comparable to .223 handloads ($0.17 per plus my labor).