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.17 HMR vs. .17 WMR

Old 10-27-2014, 07:18 PM
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Default .17 HMR vs. .17 WMR

Is one significantly better than the other? I'm looking at long-range varmit shooting. Always been partial to Ruger, but open to suggestions on a good over-the-counter brand and a good scope to put on it.

I used to be into guns pretty heavy (mostly hand guns) but archery has been my thing the last 20 years or so--I'm behind on the game.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:27 AM
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I would ask myself one question........................


Which one will still be around 10 years from now ??

I brought a HMR !

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Old 10-28-2014, 08:42 AM
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I have no idea. Think the WMR will make the HMR obsolete?
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:40 AM
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I don't think either round is going to disappear if that's what you mean by obsolete. 22 Mag has been around forever and fills a valuable rimfire niche with regard to short range power, etc. from 125 yards or less. It can also be shot out of several 22 revolvers for versatility. The 17 HMR isn't going to disappear either and is probably the 2nd most popular rimfire caliber after 22 LR. You won't go wrong with either and could reasonably afford both (always nice to have more guns).

Your decision will probably be more affected by what size varmints you want to shoot and what you mean by long range. The 22 mag obviously has more power but starts losing in the trajectory department much beyond 125 yards. The 17 HMR obviously has frangible ammo if you're concerned about ricochets when shooting at ground squirrels in an alfalfa field. I've found more 17 HMR ammo for sale on store shelves than 22 mag in the current buying frenzy/panic but that scarcity will likely get fixed in the next 2-5 years (probably after the next Presidential election). JMHO and YMMV of course.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:32 AM
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I would look at a 222 or 223 before either of the 17's, and first choice would be the 222. Extended range and less wind drift.
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:26 PM
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Got a .223. It's overkill for crows, which is what I want the .17 for. Range of 200 yds or less, usually. The .17 is quieter and less chance of a ricochet as well. I live out in the country, but I do have neighbors. Sometimes a .22 LR is fine, but often it's not quite enough.

Crows are about the only thing I need it for, so I don't seem me spending the money for both--especially when there are so many longbows and recurves I want to own yet...and a few pistols.
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:55 PM
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Gotcha LBR. My next choice would be a 22 hornet. Quiet and lots of umph for more than crows. Easy to load for too. Sold mine, and am regretting it to this day. Just not a fan of the 17's.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:21 PM
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The HMR with the 17 gr v-max's will shine on crows at 200, the 17 WSM has more power but not enough to be worth the risk of it not making it and they discontinue making ammo, sorta like a modern day 5mm mag.
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:53 PM
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I love the 17HMR and use it with a suppressor. Very accurate with the Hornady 17Gr. I shoot everything from tree rats to hogs. All head shots. Everything sleeps with it.
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:08 AM
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Thanks for the input!
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