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Old 09-08-2009, 09:41 PM
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Hi question from a newbie looking to buy my first gun can't decide between the .177 HMR or a .22 WMR my main targets would be rabbits and foxes any thoughts?
Also what would be better stainless or blued barrel?
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if you want to eat the rabbits and cleanly kill the foxes I think I'd go with the .22 WMR. You can use the FMJ's in .22 mag for edible game. The .17 HMR is pretty destructive of edible game unless you go strictly for head shots and in that case you may as well save some money and get a .22 LR. The .17 HMR will probably anchor foxes just fine but I'd rather trust the .22 mag. I own both and find I don't use the .17 for anything but paper targets. It is exceptionally accurate and it is fun to punch five holes in a postage stamp at 100 yards but since I don't engage in "blow-um-up-and-leave-um-lay" type of varmint shooting I just don't find any practical use for the .17 HMR.
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The .17 HMR is pretty destructive of edible game unless you go strictly for head shots.
Going for the head shot is the challenge and the fun. I use my 17 HMR for squirrel. Like any game hunting , shot placement is key
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I also said "In that case you may as well save some money and get a .22 LR".
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.22 mag will have more energy and knockdown power than the .17
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if accuracy is a issue i would definatly go the .17HMR, i used the 20 gr game points in my .17hmr to minimise the explosiveness of the round on game and it helped. however either of the 2 (17 or 22) will be too destructive on rabbits IMO but you could use the FMJ and help with not blowing them apart.
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I faced that dilemma a few years ago. It was solved when I checked the regs for the states I regularly hunt for turkey. Can't remember which, but the bullets in the .17 didn't meet the minimum weight for fall turkey in either PA or CO.
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It kind of balistically balances.

Are giving up about 1/2 the bullet weight ( are some .34gr. .22mag. loads besides the 40's) for about 1/4 more speed.


IF i intended to shoot little things farther away, would take the .17. If i intend shooting larger things closer in, would take the .22.
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