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    .22 bouncing again

    just been out with the .22 rimfire. chest shot a couple of rabbits and got ricochets through rabbit and up through the trees. had to stop using it last summer as the ground was so hard, so what are my options?. like the quietness of the .22 but boy those ricochets give me the willies. what are peoples thoughts on .17 m2 .17hmr and .22 wmr.

    regards pj

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    Depends where you are and how the land lies. I shoot with excellent backstops and nowhere near humans so an odd .22 round can bounce and cause no harm. Once it's hit the ground or been through a bunny it can't have much energy left.

    I like the .17HMR but is is loud and if you're on foot then you can end up shooting a lot less rabbits.

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    thanks apache. im in the south east so im never to far from buildings. some pieces of land are only a few fields totalling 30 acres and down to about 14 acres. im not one for taking shots that are risky in fact im probably to cautious. shots tonight were about 50 yards with about the same amount before the tree line. shooting slightly downhill onto a flat field

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    I own both .22 and 17HMR. I only use the .22 on one bit of very noise sensitive ground. The sound of the 17 is over exaggerated in my opinion. I have heard one fired inside a shop, and ok it was a crack but we are not anywhere close to C/F noise. Fire the .22 without a mod and it makes more noise than a 17 with the mod fitted. Try before you buy is the best advice. Might be worth inviting a guest to shoot some rabbits with you. that way you can experience the sound from the side and not from behind the rifle.

    ATB,

    Mark.

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    thanks backup. are you using .22 subsonics. i used a .17 tonight but was shooting towards a wall of conifer so it probably sounded louder than normal. i have been offered shooting on the south downs. chalk and lots of flint so want something that will not be so inclined to bounce. has anyone tried the cci segmented hollow points and the hornady .22 wmr v max. cant find much info on either
    Last edited by pj1; 14-04-2011 at 21:57.

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    Has to be HMR, .22 is to bouncy for me as well, hard ground and buildings/people are within ricochet range.
    As for not carrying much energy after passing through a rabbit, shooting down from a farm track which is about 30 feet higher than the rabbit I had in my sights, behind the rabbit was 25 yards of grass and a lake 200 yards long, the shot drilled the rabbit through the shoulders, skipped at least twice across the lake veering off to the left, it finally hit a shipping container at 290 yards, the dent is still easily visible 3 years later.
    I have not used the .22lr since that day, except for plinking with a very safe backdrop.

    As a point of interest, I have shot a good few rabbits from the same piece of track with both the HMR, .223 and .22 hornet, I have never had a single ricochet from either, nothing has even disturbed the lake only a few yards further on.

    Neil.

    EDIT: I should have said that the rabbit was just on 60 yards away from me, that makes the container 350 yards from the muzzle.
    Last edited by Hornet 6; 14-04-2011 at 22:02.

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    I agree regarding retained energy. A friend shot a crow, had a glancing,richochet that sent the bullet off at 90 deg' to the flight path and it hit a person standing 400 yards away in the thigh and exited through the abdomen.
    That was a subsonic round. It says dangerous to 1.5k on the box, I would not let someone aim at me with a .22 in the same time zone.
    I have .17 and.22, it is rare for me to use the 22 these days as I too have heard one too many zings go off into the wide blue yonder when I thought I had a great back stop.
    I find it ironic that the Police give rimmies out to new entrants in preference to c.f when in the wrong/inexperienced hands I believe they are among the most dangerous rounds (just behind depleted uranium 50cal) that you can buy.

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    cci segmented hollow points

    Quote Originally Posted by pj1 View Post
    has anyone tried the cci segmented hollow points and the hornady .22 wmr v max. cant find much info on either
    I have tried the cci segmented hollow points and found that they do seem to hit rabbits a lot harder than the normal CCI sub sonic hollow points. However I was trying them, like you, to see if they would be less ricochet prone and didn't really find them to be much better. To be fair to them, I only tried the one box and the ground at the time was quite dry and hard so a fairly tough test.

    I would be interested to know how this compares with other peoples experiences of cci segmented hollow points though...

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    On the police giving out rimmies. Price alone will limit cf shooting. .22rf Happily blow of a box for the price of 4 cf rounds, there is virtually no safe backstop for a .22 unless every rabbit is standing in front of a verticle earth bank. But everybody starts somewhere and nearly every fac holder has said rifle.
    Jim

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    I have to agree with this,
    I find it ironic that the Police give rimmies out to new entrants in preference to c.f when in the wrong/inexperienced hands I believe they are among the most dangerous rounds (just behind depleted uranium 50cal) that you can buy.
    ............maybe they are playing devil's advocate?, if you get by without doing someone a mischief with the .22LR ????
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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