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Old 06-10-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default Henry Varmint Express .17 HMR

I have a Henry Varmint Express .17 HMR ordered and on its way. Have any of you guys ever shot one or dealed with one. And if you have what is your opinion on its accuracy. I know the .17 HMR is a good round but I am just curious what yall think about this rifle.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:36 AM   #2
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They were on my list, but I ended up getting a Browning T Bolt instead. I'd venture a guess that it will shoot just fine.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:28 AM   #3
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cant go wrong with a henry. they are well built, and last ferever. 17 is no joke, i had a guy talkin smak, and my pig went down over 200 yards before his did...(my dropped, his took off runnin, i know its shot placement, but its fun to rub it in).
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Nothing against the gun itself but I don't consider the HMR a varmint round.It's best suited to small game.
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Nothing against the gun itself but I don't consider the HMR a varmint round.It's best suited to small game.

i guess...if ya consider alligators small game?
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Interesting. I've always considered varmints to be small game. I consider rabbits, squirrels, prairie dogs, and all other small woodlands critters to be varmints. Even coyotes can fall into that category. That's pretty typical of what we view as varmints here in Wisconsin at any rate.

What do you think varmints are? I'm just wondering is all, and mean no disrespect.
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I opted for the Savage model 93 when I recently purchased my 17 HMR...it has the accu-trigger and a heavy barrel...oh and is left-handed. I love it..but ya can hardly go wrong with a Henry.
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:34 PM   #8
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I know the .17 HMR is no joke we just recently killed a pig with a .22 LR so i know it is a good round. Im just wondering about the accuracy. I have big boy henry in .44 mag and it shoots great. And i know a marlin 917v will shoot a .5 in hole at 100 yds and if this henry shoots under an inch i will be happy so if you have an accuracy review it would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:47 PM   #9
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I got the Henry youth 22 for my son on his 12th birthday for his first gun. I was looking for lever/bolt action for his first gun; figured it would teach better marksmanship than getting the usual marlin semi-auto as most of us men get as our first gun because of its price range. I also consider a bolt/lever action a lot safer than an auto loader for a youg mans first gun. Man I fell in love with my kids lil 22. My father still has my marlin semi auto and when we go visit him in the country, that stays in the cabinet while we play with the Henry. Now I want a small caliber gun with longer range accuracy so when I take my son hunting we can kinda choose the gun depending on how far away we are to the target as well as what the target is for "small" game and think the henry 17 hmr is looking pretty good for a second gun for trying for longer range? anyone have an opinion as having both guns in stock for small game hunting with the lil dude?
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:12 AM   #10
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Interesting. I consider rabbits, squirrels, prairie dogs, and all other small woodlands critters to be varmints. Even coyotes can fall into that category. That's pretty typical of what we view as varmints here in Wisconsin at any rate.

What do you think varmints are? I'm just wondering is all, and mean no disrespect.
The distinction is probably tied more to game regulations than it is popular definition. Most states require you to possess a "small game" license to hunt rabbits and squirrels, and there are often restrictions on when they may be taken. As well, many states also classify "varmints" separately as those predators and pests (like prairie dogs and coyotes) which may be taken without a license and at any time throughout the year. Just to confuse things, there are often other classifications like "furbearers" and "trophy game" with specific licensing requirements and set seasons - possibly covering the remainder of the "small woodland critters" you may be referring to.

So, while it might be a popular label, you'd be wise to think twice before shooting that cottontail, weasel, bobcat, or muskrat thinking of them as varmints out this way - any of them would get you a citation if you don't have a proper license. I've not hunted Wisconsin though, so your DNR's rules and definitions may differ.

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