Hope I'm not opening up too much of a can of worms here but was after some thoughts on my next rifle calibre. I'm after a long ish range bunny gun. I currently have a 22rf and a 243. I just came back from a weekend in which I had a go with my mate's 17 hornet which I thought was absolutely awesome. It was point and shoot out as far as I care to shoot, no perceptible recoil and quieter than an hmr I think. We were just doing doing pest control so weren't picking up and body shots completely turned them to mush but I'm sure it has the accuracy for head shooting at these ranges. I could do with something that is a lot less prone to ricochet than the 22 as well given the nature of some of my permissions.
Only thing is it's a pricey factory round and I'm not currently home-loading, but am thinking about getting kitted out and getting started on it. I have of course thought about the hmr and it is an option, but the hornet absolutely kicks it's arse and I know it's meant to be more wind susceptible and have heard lots of reports of hmrs blowing up lately. But I am also thinking that if I am going to end up home loading are there any alternatives that will shoot in the same way as the hornet? I have had the 222 suggested to me for example?