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What is everyone's opinion on which center fire .17 caliber is the best?

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from hunt and fish wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I personally don't like .17 and think that a .22 is a better option.

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from lovetohunt wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

The one not in your gun cabinet. Im not a fan of centerfire .17's. You might as well go up to a .223 or .22-250 cause they can do everthing the CF .17 can do and a lot more.

Now the .17 HMR is not a bad round at all. Its still plenty fast and packs a nice "punch". But I will still take any centerfire .223 or .22-250 over it. They kill the same animals any how.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

i've always liked the .17HMR. good caliber and fun to shoot.

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

My own personal experience is consistent with these answers.

Had a T/C Contender carbine in .17 Rem.

Moved up to .223 and then .22-250.

The .22-250 wuz best, but it ain't legal for big game hunting here.

Recently I wuz tempted with a deal on a .280 Rem.

It'll handle dangerous game and anything smaller.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I am not a fan of the .17's. If I were to choose a .17 Remington. It has been around for a while and brass is usually available from the usual source for reloading. With the centerfire .17's I feel reloading is a must.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I love the .17s from the start, back in the day.(1959)
I started with .22Hornet the K-Hornet then the .17Hornet,.17/222,.17/222Mag some ware in the 70s
Remington come on the sean with the .17Rem(.17/223)
Great round-Draw back you have to clean the barrel after 12to15 rounds fired. I still have my .17Hornet.
I belive the .17 Remington is still made?
Hope this helps--C~FL

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I gotta side with the first couple answers. It's hard to argue against the .223 in place of the .17 when you can get ammo so cheap for a .223. The benefits of the jump up to that caliber are numerous and the negatives are non-existent in my opinion.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

SD ditto.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

17 cal?

I'll stick with 22 cal for hunting, at least it's legal for deer in many states as the 17 is not!

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Between the .17 Remington or the .17 Remington Fireball, you would be smart to stick with the .223 or the .22-250, preferably the .22-250.

If you look at ballistic charts of factory ammo, you do not gain anything with the .17 centerfires, and you loose the kinetic energy of the .224 caliber centerfires.

Compared to a 50 grain .22-250 and a 25 grain .17 Remington Fireball, the .17 Fireball shoots about 1 inch flatter out to like 500 yards. Its not worth the extra money, and you gain the kinetic energy with the .22-250.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

remington makes a pretty good .17

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

A friend of mine took his Remington .17 Fireball to Montana to pararie dog hunt with and I was impressed with the way it shot and the range it showed on the pararie dogs. Would I buy one if I had a .223 or a 22-250 probably not.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

They're so cute! I guess someone left them in the dryer too long.

I don't see the extra expense. .17 HMR is way more expensive than .22 around here.

I might have thought about it a little before we got the .22s we have laying around already.

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from Sam Redman wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

i just bought a new cz 527 varmint in 17 Remington to put an end to sewing up the holes my 6mm rem and 220 swift make. not many people have first hand experience with the .17 cal centerfire cartridges and a lot of them like to bash it when they have never used one. like i said i have just bought mine and have shot only two coyotes with it (so far, many more to come). both one shot kills only about 150 yards and only the 20 gr. accutip rem factory ammo and didn't take a single step after the bullet hit. both kills had only a pin prick entry hole and no exit hole. thus far i am very impressed with my new purchase and eager to make my own hand loads, which the performance will only get better. so to sum up, don't over look these brilliant little calibers but they are a very purpose driven round. if your looking to get the most out of your pelts with great performance and ballistics i would highly recommend trying one out i doubt you'll be disappointed. but you should be prepared to reload for it to make it worth it....same with most cartridges.

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from Bill Newcomb wrote 21 weeks 4 days ago

Sure glad I found this site. You just answered a bunch of questions for me.
I shoot Rem700-3006, Win-270, Sig- 556/223,
Rem XR100 22-250. So I won't be going .17 center fire.
I may just go .22 LR.with a nice bolt action rifle but the Ruger 10/20 is on my mind.

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from lovetohunt wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

The one not in your gun cabinet. Im not a fan of centerfire .17's. You might as well go up to a .223 or .22-250 cause they can do everthing the CF .17 can do and a lot more.

Now the .17 HMR is not a bad round at all. Its still plenty fast and packs a nice "punch". But I will still take any centerfire .223 or .22-250 over it. They kill the same animals any how.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

i've always liked the .17HMR. good caliber and fun to shoot.

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

My own personal experience is consistent with these answers.

Had a T/C Contender carbine in .17 Rem.

Moved up to .223 and then .22-250.

The .22-250 wuz best, but it ain't legal for big game hunting here.

Recently I wuz tempted with a deal on a .280 Rem.

It'll handle dangerous game and anything smaller.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I am not a fan of the .17's. If I were to choose a .17 Remington. It has been around for a while and brass is usually available from the usual source for reloading. With the centerfire .17's I feel reloading is a must.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I love the .17s from the start, back in the day.(1959)
I started with .22Hornet the K-Hornet then the .17Hornet,.17/222,.17/222Mag some ware in the 70s
Remington come on the sean with the .17Rem(.17/223)
Great round-Draw back you have to clean the barrel after 12to15 rounds fired. I still have my .17Hornet.
I belive the .17 Remington is still made?
Hope this helps--C~FL

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from hunt and fish wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I personally don't like .17 and think that a .22 is a better option.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I gotta side with the first couple answers. It's hard to argue against the .223 in place of the .17 when you can get ammo so cheap for a .223. The benefits of the jump up to that caliber are numerous and the negatives are non-existent in my opinion.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

SD ditto.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Between the .17 Remington or the .17 Remington Fireball, you would be smart to stick with the .223 or the .22-250, preferably the .22-250.

If you look at ballistic charts of factory ammo, you do not gain anything with the .17 centerfires, and you loose the kinetic energy of the .224 caliber centerfires.

Compared to a 50 grain .22-250 and a 25 grain .17 Remington Fireball, the .17 Fireball shoots about 1 inch flatter out to like 500 yards. Its not worth the extra money, and you gain the kinetic energy with the .22-250.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

remington makes a pretty good .17

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

A friend of mine took his Remington .17 Fireball to Montana to pararie dog hunt with and I was impressed with the way it shot and the range it showed on the pararie dogs. Would I buy one if I had a .223 or a 22-250 probably not.

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from Sam Redman wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

i just bought a new cz 527 varmint in 17 Remington to put an end to sewing up the holes my 6mm rem and 220 swift make. not many people have first hand experience with the .17 cal centerfire cartridges and a lot of them like to bash it when they have never used one. like i said i have just bought mine and have shot only two coyotes with it (so far, many more to come). both one shot kills only about 150 yards and only the 20 gr. accutip rem factory ammo and didn't take a single step after the bullet hit. both kills had only a pin prick entry hole and no exit hole. thus far i am very impressed with my new purchase and eager to make my own hand loads, which the performance will only get better. so to sum up, don't over look these brilliant little calibers but they are a very purpose driven round. if your looking to get the most out of your pelts with great performance and ballistics i would highly recommend trying one out i doubt you'll be disappointed. but you should be prepared to reload for it to make it worth it....same with most cartridges.

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from Bill Newcomb wrote 21 weeks 4 days ago

Sure glad I found this site. You just answered a bunch of questions for me.
I shoot Rem700-3006, Win-270, Sig- 556/223,
Rem XR100 22-250. So I won't be going .17 center fire.
I may just go .22 LR.with a nice bolt action rifle but the Ruger 10/20 is on my mind.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

They're so cute! I guess someone left them in the dryer too long.

I don't see the extra expense. .17 HMR is way more expensive than .22 around here.

I might have thought about it a little before we got the .22s we have laying around already.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

17 cal?

I'll stick with 22 cal for hunting, at least it's legal for deer in many states as the 17 is not!

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