Please tell me about the .17 HMR Round..


March 15, 2008, 09:42 PM
Curious about this. Looks fun, but turn to THR for my beta.

Please advise.


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Pistola Pedro
March 15, 2008, 09:48 PM
I've had my .17hmr for about 2 years and it is a very fun round in my opinion. Flat shooter, very accurate out to 150yds. but then the wind can play with it, makes small varmints explode if you use the .17gr ammo. I'm a fan.

March 15, 2008, 09:49 PM
GREAT round. Fun, cheap, accurate. Good for varmintin', good for killing rabbits and leaving some meat. Buy it and don't look back.

March 15, 2008, 10:15 PM
What little I know about the .17HMR (so far) -

It's a great small varmint killer with 17 gr bullets - explosive
It's OK for squirrels or rabbits with 20 gr bullets (not explosive)
Very difficult to find an autoloader in this caliber - pressure or timing problems
NOT very good for larger varmints like coyote or bobcat

I've had one for a few weeks, and it's a blast. As previous post said, OK to 150 yds.

I've found Leupold's LRD reticle works pretty well for providing a 150 yd holdover. Ignore the second holdover's not a .243

March 15, 2008, 10:20 PM
Incredibly fun. This round is here to stay. It's super accurate and devastating on vermin. Also, it shoots straight as an arrow out to reasonable distances.

March 15, 2008, 10:32 PM
Here is a good visual contrast between the .22LR and .17 HMR

March 16, 2008, 12:04 AM

March 16, 2008, 12:07 AM
all you need to know is here;

some quick stats; a 17 hmr zero'd at 100 yds, with a typical 1.5 inch centerline of scope glass, above the centerline above the bore of the rifle, will only drop about 3 inches at 150 yds, and about 8 inches at 200 yds.
At 100 yds, it is going faster than a 22 mag is , AT THE MUZZLE!!!!
peeps think that a 17 grain bullet blows to much in a wind, but I have found that in wind up to 10mph, out to 100 yds, I do not adjust for windage, the bullet is simply moving too fast, and moves less in the wind than a 22lr or a 22mag.
if remmington would have fixed their semi auto problems immediately, instead of B.S.'ing around, and finally discontinuing it, they could have had a semi auto loader of supreme accuracy, that would have lasted forever, and been a perenial best seller.
So don't be afraid to get one by remmi in semi auto if you want, you just have to get the latest generation mags, which on the bottom, have a number 10 with a circle around them, and adjust the bolt guide rails all the way out of the back of the action, then put back in only to fingertight, and only far enough back in to close up the back of the action, this stops the bolt
binding action that is most commonly complained about.
make sure you get a bore snake as well, and make sure you break in the bbl first; you want the inside of the bbl as clean and as smooth as possible, before you start shooting a ton of rounds through it. This will only help the round, and help your cleaning in the future. some dudes, who have built custom 17 rigs, with custom bbls, get as high as 2700 fps from their bbls, and that matches most centerfires, which just blows my mind!!!
As an aside, a lot of dudes are dropping this round, to go to the 17mach2, a lr sized round in 17 cal. you loose 50 yds of killing ability, and trajectory, but rounds cost 1/3 as much, and maybe just the best, most funnest, round ever invented, ever.
Plus a rifle chambered in 17mach 2, can also fire the 17 aguila/pmc/hi standard. This is a true 22lr round necked down, but contains a 20 grain fmj boattail bullet , going about 1900 fps from the muzzle. The mach 2 is really a 22 stinger round necked down, which is .01 inches longer than a 22lr case.

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