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Thread: Hmr v's 17 hornet reloaded

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    Hmr v's 17 hornet reloaded

    Just curious if anyone across the way uses a 17 hornet for rabbits when it works out cheaper than a hmr to feed if you are reloading for it

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    as expensive as the HMR ammo is there is no way I can see centrefire reloading at that level

    even at 17-20 per 50 you are down at 20-25p a shot for HMR
    You are almost at that for a box of .17 or .22 bullets
    before you add powder

    I can see other reasons to have one (i.e. its much more useable round) but cost doesn't stand up

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    If you are shooting a lot of rabbits at night you probably don't want to be fiddling about saving your bass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    even at 17-20 per 50 you are down at 20-25p a shot for HMR
    17-20 per 50 would be 34-40p per shot.

    Looking at Midway UK, there's 17cal bullets for sale at about 20p. Primer costs 3-4p and 12gr of powder around 6-7p. Total 30p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jthyttin View Post
    per 100 would be 34-40p per shot.

    Looking at Midway UK, there's 17cal bullets for sale at about 20p. Primer costs 3-4p and 12gr of powder around 6-7p. Total 30p.
    sorry too early for maths!!
    I meant 100's!
    usually around the 20 mark per hundred and cheaper in blocks of 1000

    been a while since i bought some but Dauntsey guns for example sell a range from 22 for 100

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    For the .22 Hornet using soft points you can load for a little less than buying HMR ammo, but there really isn't much in it.
    However I have never re-loaded a squib or had a re-load stick in the barrel.

    Neil.

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    Certainly cheaper than a new rifle complements of an HMR squib...
    I chucked my HMR for a 17 Hornet and I'd NEVER go back to an HMR under any circumstances.

    Reloaded ammo will be:
    Primer 3.5p
    Bullet 20p - 31p (Nosler 20grain - Berger 20grain, I use the latter and moly coat)
    Powder 5p (Lil'Gun optimal load for accuracy at about 3500fps measured)
    Amortised case 2.2p assuming using reformed 22 Hornet PPU as base and 10 reloads.

    30.7p to 41.7p each reloaded...or 15.35 to 20.85 for 50 rounds.

    Oh, and 200yard bunnies hate it.

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    Cheers for the views they were much appreciated. I have owned a hmr in the past but have never fired a 17 hornet it's a dream for the moment best of luck to those of you that have one

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    I recently won a .17 Hornet in Sporting Rifle Magazine competition. I haven't picked it up yet but was going to go down the road of reloading for it as well. Apparently it has a similar trajectory of a .223 using a 55 grn bullet. For rabbits i'm still a traditionalist using the old faithful .22lr subsonic in an 1417 Anschutz and zero'd at 75yrds.

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    I accurately calculated the cost of my vartarg per round at a 39p a shot, thats based on my actual purchases. The quality norma brass that I am using puts up the cost from what remington would have cost. I also have an HMR, the vartarg will do so much more and yet is just as much fun to shoot. I will be selling the HMR.

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