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Just got my new Savage 17HMR with the scope, bull barrel, wooden stock from Buds Gun Shop.

Once I got the scope sighted in, I am now putting shots in a 2 inch circle from about 20 yards in my back yard. Gonna take it out to the range soon(once fall surf fishing is over:D) and go for 50 and then 100 yards.

But let me tell you one thing, that Hornady 17 HMR Varmit round is one mean mutha. I hit a can of evaporated milk from 20 yards dead center and that can totally blew apart sending milk everywhere. The can totally spit wide open and I mean damn near flat and the top and bottom of the can were imploded outward.

Would not want to be on the receiving side of that round anywhere near one of my vitals. I believe you could take down a small doe with a clean head shot with it.

Click here for the Savage 17 HMR I bought.
 

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17 hmr

ZZ it will shoot alot better than that and will guarantee it will work wounders on deer head or neck. Ive squirrel hunted with mine but its got to be a headshot,great little varmit gun out 150 yds.
 

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The 93R17 is a great little gun. You can definitely get it to lock down tighter than 2", but you may have to try out ome different ammo. The actions on the Savage rifles tend to form love affairs with a certain type of load and refuse to shoot anything else.

For 17HMR, I really like the Hornady V-Max ballistic tips, but shoot several types until you find what works best for you. the 17 is a terrific round for anything from squirrels and crows up to coyotes and groundhogs. Be careful about deer, I know you can't use a rimfire to hunt them in NC.

And remember, no :beer: until after you're done shooting! :D

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The 93R17 is a great little gun. You can definitely get it to lock down tighter than 2", but you may have to try out ome different ammo. The actions on the Savage rifles tend to form love affairs with a certain type of load and refuse to shoot anything else.

For 17HMR, I really like the Hornady V-Max ballistic tips, but shoot several types until you find what works best for you. the 17 is a terrific round for anything from squirrels and crows up to coyotes and groundhogs. Be careful about deer, I know you can't use a rimfire to hunt them in NC.

And remember, no :beer: until after you're done shooting! :D

Evan
That is the round I am using. I have been looking for the 20 grain version but have not found any as they are all sold out.

As to hunting deer, I am not a hunter, I just like to shoot and fish,,,but if it came down to feeding the family, I would have no problems employing it for that purpose at all.
 

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I shoot the 17 gr. V-Max as well, in the same bull barrel rifle, just the synthetic/stainless model. It's a tackdriver with them. But like was said, try different ammo til you find one the gun likes and then buy enough boxes of that round to last you a while.
 

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I shoot the 17 gr. V-Max as well, in the same bull barrel rifle, just the synthetic/stainless model. It's a tackdriver with them. But like was said, try different ammo til you find one the gun likes and then buy enough boxes of that round to last you a while.
I kinda wish I had bought the synthetic model as it would have been lighter and easier to hold on target, but I just wanted that wood look and feel of the rifles I have had in the past.
 

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I have shot the 17HMRs and they are great little rounds but when I get my next baby vermin gun it will be in the Ruger 204 round,,, now ya want to talk about a round that explodes, that 204 is a screaming meany
 

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That .204 is a hot little number. You can put a hurting on things way out there.

My great-uncle bought one of the new triangular-barreled Remington 700SPS in 22-250 and that thing will peg them. I've heard of handload 22-250 rounds grouping inside two inches at 600-800 yards.

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I shoot the 17 gr. V-Max as well, in the same bull barrel rifle, just the synthetic/stainless model. It's a tackdriver with them. But like was said, try different ammo til you find one the gun likes and then buy enough boxes of that round to last you a while.
My savage synthetic likes the 17 gr vm also.What I like about it most is its not terribly loud.I've shot several groundhogs with mine,in the 100 to 125 yard range and none of them crawl back to the hole. :)
 

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My savage synthetic likes the 17 gr vm also.What I like about it most is its not terribly loud.I've shot several groundhogs with mine,in the 100 to 125 yard range and none of them crawl back to the hole. :)
Yep it's a nice little crack, not a big boom.
 

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20 grain vs 17 grain Hornady HMR Rounds

I picked up some 20 grain .17 HMR rounds from a local shop but have not shot them yet. What is the advantage/disadvantage of the 20 vs 17 grain rounds.

By the way, spent Thanksgiving out at my Brother-in-Law's dairy farm in upstate SC and we blew up a whole case of Kroger Diet Citrus Cans with my new Savage 17 HMR. Man those things just blew apart. Sent a couple of the can tops flying 20-30 feet in the air. Shot his son's .22 Ruger rifle at the same cans and all that did was punch a hole for the drink to more less "piss" out of. BIG difference in the two rounds

What a hoot and what a sweet gun. Had a good ole time in country.

By the way, Midsouth has the Hornady 17 grain .17 HMR Varmit Express 50 round boxes for $9.99.
 

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No real advantage, apart from what your gun likes to group. If you hit a squirrel sized target up to a coyote, it's dead with either bullet.
 

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Ruger .204 [rem. sps] is LOUDER than I would have expected. No recoil. Scpoe does not move off target.I swear the bullet gets there before I pull the trigger !! Longer range than the .22 Hornet [200 yd.] and .223[250 yd.] louder too. Not as long a range or as accurate as .22-250 [but just as fast] and won't take down as big a target. One reason for .204 was cleaning ease of barrel. How is .17 on that particular point??
 

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For me cleaning is a pain just because of the size of the bore you need to get a speical kit and the one i got still feels really tight.
 
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