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Thread: 17 Hornet or 17 Rem?

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    17 Hornet or 17 Rem?

    Iv got a .22lr and a .22-250 and about to buy a 6.5x55 (when I find one). I am looking for something in the middle for varminting and general longer range shooting where a .22 is not enough. The .22-250 is great but doesnt half burn powder though, I do reload for it and can make loads for 48p using Varget, federal 210m primers and 50g vmax heads.
    Was thinking of a 17 hornet or a 17 Rem?
    Anyone been in the same position as me?
    Had a 17 HMR and sold it, didnt buy another one, too much for a bunny, not enough fox gun.
    Get involved lads, what do you rekon?

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    20-25g heads on a .17 calibre hornet may be good way to go but no one appears to have the rifles in stock yet.
    .22 hornet would split the distance between .22rf & .22-250 nicely I would have thought.
    I have a .17 rem on a contender frame.
    Martin

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    Do you like the 17 rem or would you change it for something else knowing what you do about the 17 rem?

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    how about a 20 tac if you can find one regards pete .

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    .22 Hornet will tick all the boxes you are concerned about if you stick to head shots on rabbits.
    Reloadable too.

    Sorry but the .17 is too small and the bullets are too light to be sensible.

    The .17hmr case neck is too small for the primer compound to be put in so they had to put it in before case forming, then form the case cold.
    Result... cases cracking,letting dampness in,misfires and potential 2nd round firing when the first is stuck in the barrel.





    fraser
    Last edited by private fraser; 23-08-2012 at 20:51.

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    Had a .17 rem fireball very accurate,and flat shooting,3400fps with 18g powder charge,very efficient ,killed all foxes to 160y with 25g heads,but turns rabbits insides to liquid.
    Would have another .17 when funds allow.

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    I use both 22 hornet and 17 Rem both are very good cals 22 hornet as said head shots upto 200yds and with my 17 rem firing 25vmax good still day max 400yds as they are light and effected by wind.

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    I'd go with a normal old .22 hornet, just can't see the point of the .17, you give up nearly half the bullet weight and only gain 300fps.
    The .22 hornet will drop a fox at 200 yards, kils rabbtst stone dead to any sensible range and is easy and cheap to load for.

    Neil.

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    Do the maths.
    Lets say the 22.250 uses double the powder of a .17 (in whatever configuration)
    Lets say 300 for a second hand .17 (in whatever configuration)
    300 is an awful lot of powder! without even considering another scope, bipod, sling etc etc etc
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet 6 View Post
    I'd go with a normal old .22 hornet, just can't see the point of the .17, you give up nearly half the bullet weight and only gain 300fps.
    The .22 hornet will drop a fox at 200 yards, kils rabbtst stone dead to any sensible range and is easy and cheap to load for.

    Neil.
    What speeds neil are you pushing your 22 hornet loads at m8 and what bullets.
    cheers
    dave

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