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Need To Know The Yardage

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Chummer, Jun 15, 2007.

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  1. Chummer

    Chummer Member

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    HI GUYS. i'M A NEW MEMBER. I JUST FOUND THIS SITE AND THINK IT'S THE BEST SITE YET FOR INFORMATION ON ALL MAKES AND MODELS OF GUNS.
    HERE'S A QUESTION I HOPE SOMEONE CAN ANSWER FOR ME.


    I JUST BOUGHT A SAVAGE 17mm MODEL 9317R AND HORNADY 17 GRAIN BULLETS FOR SHOOTING GROUNDHOGS. I FOUND THAT MY 22 WASN'T UP TP THE TASK AS THE GROUNDHOGS ARE 100 TO 150 YARDS AWAY. MY BROTHER TALKED ME INTO MY NEW 17 HE IS A LITTLE MORE WELL ROUNDED WHEN IT COMES TO RIFLES SO I TOOK HIS WORD FOR IT. BUT I'M STILL NOT SURE WHAT KIND OF YARDAGE THIS GUN WILL BE ACCURATE AT.

    IF SOMEONE COULD HELP THIS WOULD BE GREAT.
     
  2. JamisJockey

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    it's your first post, I'll go easy.
    It's not a 17mm. It's a .17 caliber. There is an enormous difference.
    My understanding is the .17 shoots flatter and faster than a .22, so at 100-150 yards you should be okay. You would be better off with a .223 or .22-250 or something similar. A little more oomph than either the .17 or the .22.
     
  3. Larry Ashcraft

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    First off, unlock your caps lock, it's considered shouting, and rude.

    Jamisjockey is right, its a 17 caliber. Max effective range of the .17 HMR is 200 yards.

    I'm moving this to rifles.
     
  4. Bob F.

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    Chummer: welcome to THR! You'll love it here. A guy I worked with claimed to shoot chucks at 400yds. Dunno, never saw it. You really need to set up some cardboard targets and shoot from a solid rest to see what the gun is capable of. Have fun.

    Bob
     
  5. RNB65

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    You got a 17mm rifle? You could bring down zombie airplanes with that thing. Though it might be a bit rough on the shoulder. :D
     
  6. Sistema1927

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    You won't know how far you can accurately shoot it until you take it to the range. You should be good at any distance in which you can consistently keep all of your shots in a 2" group.

    This is going to be dependent upon your gun, your optics, your rest, your eyesight, your level of skill, etc. (In other words, there are too many variables for anyone here to give you a definitive answer.)
     
  7. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Man with a 17 calibre you can split the hairs on a ground hog at 150 yards! farmers will love you.:D. 22 mag not far behind. Whizzer!!!!!!!
     
  8. rockstar.esq

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    You might find that the Aguila Sniper Subsonic loads will retain considerable energy in the .22LR out to 200yards. I found them to be superbly accurate out of a Browning Buckmark handgun. Sadly they won't group well with my rifle. That being said, they are still packing quite a punch (relatively speaking) at 200 yards. I've yet to shoot a .17HMR and I'm looking forward to the chance. The single coolest part about them is that they are loaded with bullets more akin to the current varminter type. Itty bitty as they may well be, they are sleek and beautifully well made.
     
  9. rangerruck

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    go here, last
    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/
    also these places, go first, especially, varmint al's.
    http://www.varminter.com/
    http://www.varmintal.com/17hmr.htm
    http://www.chuckhawks.com/index2.guns.htm
    with a 125 yd zero. bullet only drops 5 inches at 175. Amazing!!!.
    but they lose steam fast after 125 yds. so if you want a 200 yds shot, keep the wind under 5 mph, and out to 150 keep it at 10 mph. , or less.
    inside of 150 yds, hold dead on, you will hit. If you are inside of 100 yds, shoot anything up to , and if you are a good shot, including, coyotes.
     
  10. jerkface11

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    Don't forget to take it squirrel hunting too!
     
  11. Macgille

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    I have been shooting a .17HMR for about 2 years now, and I can testify that at 150 yd you will be right on for small varmints. At 200 it is as effective as anything I have shot, but the power drops off so rapidly tht anything else is part luck.:what:
     
  12. Chummer

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    Thanks Guys for all the help
     
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