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Question by Brock Holloway. Uploaded on January 24, 2013
I killed over 500 pararie dogs while hunting in Montana and Wyoming 2 summers ago and most of them fell to my CZ 17HMR shooting Hornady 17 grain V Max ammo. It was devastating on pararie dogs. I killed some of them at close to 250 yards. I would hold almost 2 or 3 feet feet high and 2 or 3 feet left or right for the wind and walk the bullets into the pararie dog. Realistic dead on range was 150 yards.
Mine will shoot the Federal and CCI to the same point of aim and with no detectable difference in accuracy with both the 17 and 20gr bullets. I have not tried the Winchester or other brands.
ps I think they are all made by the same company supposedly to slightly different specs but my gun cannot tell.
I shoot 17 grain V Max Hornady ammo. Great price for what you get. If you compare the hornady .17 ammo to a box of hornady .22 hornet ammo...the difference is amazing. The range of the V Max is exceptionally great also
Ammo for your gun is like your choice of mate. What works best for your combination. be your mate big,small or somewhere in between. There is no grab a load and go.You have to find the correct load for your rifle. I have found that my guns perfer 20gr power points and the new tnt & Vmax in 20 grs. But hate 17gr spitfires all together.Your's may like 17gr soft points or V-Max or even the spitfires. They are all pretty close in price range so grab a few boxes and head to the range. Maybe a friend has a few different brands and gr weight you could try like I did. In the long run though,all of my friends that shoot the .17hmr use the 20 gr bullets
I agree with deerhunterrick you have to do it yourself for each gun has preferences or what it will shoot. I had a savage for a while and it shot hornady 17 gr vmax the best but it just wasn't good enough for me so I sold it and went back to a CZ 22 mag
i just did a test today and found that horandy 17grain v-max shoot the best.
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