I have a CZ-452 Varmint in 17HMR. I spent $20 on a "YoDave" trigger kit and reduced the trigger pull to a crisp 1# with no creep. It will shoot MOA at 100 yards off a steady front rest pretty consistently with Hornady V-Max 17 grain if it isn't too windy. The 17HRM wants a scope of minimum 14-16X to be able to see .17 holes in the paper at 100 yards, at least with my 57YO eyeballs. Mine wears a relatively inexpensive Hawke Varmint 6-24X 40MM with Burris Signature Zee rings. At 100 yards it is the second most accurate rifle I own (vs. my CZ-527 Varmint, laminate stock, in .223 Rem). The rife is a bit heavy to tote around through the woods squirrel hunting, but comes with sing studs installed. Compared to .22LR, it is LOUD. Both the weight and noise factor make me prefer to squirrel hunt with a 22LR and sub-sonic ammo and reserve the CZ-452 Varmint 17HMR for paper punching. But if I were varmint hunting at 100 yards or farther, using a bipod or tripod, no doubt the 17HRM would be deadly. Buying 500 round bricks of Hornady V-Max, you can usually get them for around $12.50-13.00 per 50 round, but I haven't checked prices in several months.
Don't own a 22Mag, so I cannot give a comparison. In my collection, the 17 HMR bridges the gap between 22LR and .223 Rem nicely, though.
February 20, 2010, 02:00 AM
I just sold a CZ-452 varmint in .22mag. I didnt much care for the way it felt. The bolt always seemed in the way, but thats just me. It was a verry nice and well made rifle. Accuracy was ok, smallest group was 1" @ 100 with 30 gr Hornady's and about 1.5" with about everything else. I really prefer the 22 mag over the .17 mainly because of bullet weight. The .17 is faster but the 22mag hits alot harder. Thats my personal preference
February 20, 2010, 02:22 AM
I don't have either, but I do have a .17cal. (HM2) and prefer it for target work because it stays supersonic a great deal longer. For varmint hunting and the like I would probably stick with the .22cal. due to easier to acquire ammunition and better terminal performance, but honestly if that is the goal I think stepping up to .223Rem. (or larger centerfire) is a better option.
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