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Which caliber?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rgs1975, Mar 19, 2008.

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  1. rgs1975

    rgs1975 Member

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    Which caliber is more inherantly accurate out to 100 yards, .17 HMR or .22 WMR.

    How about out to 200 yards?

    I know accuracy has more to do with the rifle and the shooter than the bullet but let's just say you've got a great rifle and a great shooter. Which round would he do best with?
     
  2. Macgille

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    .17 HMR by far, mine will shoot 1/4" groups at 100.
     
  3. Shawnee

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    After 100yds. it depends on the wind.

    The Good News is - they're both great cartridges because - at the ranges where a lot of people really do a lot of their shooting - either one can be ultra-deadly.


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    If you want to shoot out to 200 yds your best bet is the 22 WMR.
     
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    17 , hands down. and out to 200 yds. Why? because the 17 is faster at 100 yds , than a 22 mag
    is at the muzzle. a 22 mag also loses almost fully half of it's speed from the muzzle, out to 100 yds.
    the 22 mag has a terrible ballistic coef.
     
  6. MachIVshooter

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    The .17 HMR has more energy , a flatter trajectory and a shorter flight time at the 200 yard mark than the .22 WMR.
     
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    They make a ballistic tip like the 17 for the 22 now, and that might change everything.
     
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    It has helped the WMR, but the spitzer bullet design and higher velocity of the HMR continues to keep it ahead.
     
  9. Timthinker

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    In terms of accuracy, the .17 seems to have a slight advantage over the.22 WMR, my preferred cartridge of the two. If you intend upon using a rifle for target practice only, then the .17 is a good choice. But for varmints or even self-defense considerations, the .22 WRM is superior because it is less likely to fragment before achieving adequate penetration. Yes, a centerfire rifle such as a .223 is superior to either, but that is not the question that has been asked.


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  10. rgs1975

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    Yup, it's going to be a paper killer only. Thanks guys.
     
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    Where does the .22 Hornet fall in with the other two calibers mentioned?
     
  12. BigGunsMoreFun

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    Paper killer is right

    I don't know the answer to that question for sure but it seems to me the .22 would be the better all around especially where there is any wind blowing. I think a heavier bullet in these small calibers would be much less likely to be affected by wind than a lighter one.

    On the other hand, the .17 has less surface area to be affected by the wind but I still think the .22 would be my choice.

    I just don't like the .17 caliber. The guns all seem like little more than a beefed up pellet gun to me. They are a bitch to clean. The ammos so small I can bearly see it.

    Of course I'm an old codger that loves the big bore, boomers so I might be a little biased.

    What you like to shoot and what shoots the best for you is the best gun for you. Go rent one of each at a range and try them out. Buy what you like after a decent trial with each.

    I prefer my guns caliber to start with a .3 or preferably .4 or even bigger if I can get them. I have a couple of .50s.

    Who knows, maybe I'll try one of these .17s on my grandson but he already has a .17 and a .22 pellet rifle so what would be the point?

    Molon Labe,
    Joe
    :D
     
  13. AnthonyC.

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    The .22 hornet comes in at EXPENSIVE!!!!:neener::D
     
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