Which way to go ? .17HMR, .22LR or .22 Magnum?

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Which way to go ? .17HMR, .22LR or .22 Magnum?

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Personally, I like the good old trusty .22LR round. I have shot it more than any other round over the span of my life. Even with today's economy, this cartridge is still CHEAP! That's why i shot it as a kid and why I continue to shoot it today. I have a .17HMR bolt action rifle in the safe and it is a little more expensive to feed. Thank God it's a bolt action gun and not a semi-auto, or I couldn't afford to have as much fun with it...... I like to blast a bunch of rapid fire bouts when I have a gun that allows it. I am a waster of ammunition and I am not afraid to admit it. I like to shred cans, large melons, old televisions and computers and so on when I have the opportunity. One of my more recent shoots was at a local junk yard. I was invited by the owner (he was a concealed carry student of mine) to bring my AR-15 for some DESTRUCTION TIME!!!! He had a stack of cars all for me stacked nice and neat. I dumped almost a thousand rounds in about a half an hour it seems. Glass, plastic and chrome were sent flying and I loved watching all the holes as they punched through the body work. It was awesome fun and I recommend it to all.
Okay back to the rimfire thing.
I have never owned a .22 Magnum gun. I have shot them before and liked them very much, but they too, much like the .17, are more expensive to shoot than the .22LR! I have heard that .17HMR's are not safe to shoot in .17HMR semi-auto guns........WHAT? I'd love to have a semi-auto .17HMR and would put up with the extra cost just to have it. Also.....are there any .17HMR pistols out there? That seems like it would be lots of fun. But, why are there no .17 cal rifles in semi-auto action? Are rather, why are the few that exist not safe to shoot? This is what I have heard. I even had a friend show me an artical that said not to shoot these guns because it was not safe. WTF???????????????
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Re: Which way to go ? .17HMR, .22LR or .22 Magnum?

Tye G. Wolfe
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John...

Personally I too have to say I would much rather shoot the .22Lr and have more .22Lr guns then any other caliber I own. I guess I do have one step up on you in that I at least have owned a weapon in .22 Magnum and like you fired numerous rifles and handguns in .22 Magnum. I have always found the round to be every bit as accurate as the .22Lr with the ability of maintaining velocity and energy to much greater distances. The .22 Magnum I owned was a Ruger Convertible 6 in .22Lr with separate cylinder for .22 Magnum. It was with this gun I showed my father that a handgun could be used for long distance handgun hunting by taking a groundhog in the head at about 50 yards (50 paces). I had been shooting most of the day when the neighbor came by to discuss the problem of groundhogs on my fathers farm. My father had leased the property to our neighbor to run his cattle and he had come over to ask if he could remove the problem by hunting the critters. It was then I spotted one in the front field where I leveled the pistol on the groundhogs neck and let go a shot. The groundhog immediately dropped and my father could only look and say "No Way". We paced the distance flat out to a little over 50 paces where we found the groundhog laying in his hole dead with a bullet through his head. I had figured on more drop when actually the bullet was still cresting. All day I had been shooting lousy with that gun. Hardly keeping 4 to 5 inch groups and that one shot proved a lot that day. I have to admit that I had been shooting .22Lr until the latter part of the day and had just switched over to the .22 Magnum. Where a box of .22Lr was around $0.75 at that time a box of .22 Magnum was around $2.50, so I did not shoot the Magnum that often. I hadn't put more then a couple cylinders through when my father had honked the horn on his pickup to tell us to get ready to leave. Needless to say I got the OK to hunt all the groundhogs I wanted after that shot.

As for the .17HMR issue I really could not believe it when you said it so I looked it up. And sure enough right from our NRA and its official magazine, The American Rifleman...

http://www.americanrifleman.org/ArticlePage.aspx?id=1927&cid=4

It is a no go for shooting .17 HMR in any semi-auto until they determine a proper combination of semi-auto action and ammo to go with it. Now that is amazing. I myself have never fired the .17 HMR and I guess in time I will more than likely fire one but I do not feel the need to own a .17 HMR. Now what I would really like to see is a mouse gun in the caliber of .17 Mach2. Now that would really be something. They have already converted many Ruger 10/22's, Ruger and Browning .22's into this caliber so I don't see why we can't see a Jimenez in that same caliber. Can you imagine a little pocket gun shooting multiple .17 caliber pills as fast as you can shoot. Yes I have actually thought it through and it should work quite well. It's just a matter of the proper weight ratio between the caliber and slide and the proper recoil spring needed due to the quicker recoil forces of the .17 Mach2.

I think I have spouted enough for now so to end this I guess I should say.... The .22Lr stands on its own. You can never have enough .22Lr's and I am sure there are other rimfires out there still ready to be announced. Its just a matter of how we might use them.

Nuf'Fo'Now
Tye