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Question by pbshooter1217. Uploaded on October 20, 2010
I would have it dead on at 100 yards, but it is really up to you, and how far you think you will be shootin with your rifle. I know someone that has it zeroed at 150. He used to have it zeroed at 200 yards, but he didn't like how high the bullet was impacting at 100 yards.
If you don't have a scope yet, you can always look into the BSA Sweet 17 scope. It uses a BDC reticle for multiple yardages.
The 17 HMR is the flattest shooting rimfire that I know of and very accurate. If you sight in at 100 yards you would be about 1" high at 5o, 3/8" low at 150 and 5 1/2" low at 200. This is a wonderful gun to shoot targets with but I have reservations about living targets at the range this cartridge can achieve. One of my friends, that actually sworn off of this cartridge, is actually having much better luck hunting with the 20 gr. bullet at a slower velocity( I believe just under 2400 fps). He used to swear at the 17 gr. bullet for blowing apart on virtually any contact.
Liberty, I once watched a video of someone shooting a 17 gr. V-max at a 2 liter Pepsi bottle filled with water. The bullet didn't even pass through.
The same shooter then fired a 20 gr. hollow point, and the thing did A LOT more damage.
Definitely agree that the 20 gr. bullet is far superior.
A heavier bullet is always better at extended ranges.
A 100 yard zero is probably your best bet. A 150 yard zero has you off too much at short ranges with the small targets you'll be after with one. 200 yards is pushing it with all but the really small varmints. I wouldn't bet on anything but a head shot on a woodchuck at 200.
Before I went pararie dog hunting in Montana I sighted my 17HMR 1 inch high at 100 yards. I found that that was a good range to have it sighted in.
IMHO~~ he 17HMR is a good round for small game that you Dont like or Varmints as for the zero 75yd 1/2"high LOL
Mine is sighted in at 100 yards with 17 grain Hornady.
Check the Hornady Balastic Calculator and punch in your 17HMR. I found it to be fairly close when sighting in my HMR. I was using the 17 grain Hornady bullets in my rifle. I killed over 300 pararie dogs on my hunt with the 17HMR. With a little Kentucky windage I killed pararie dogs close to 250 and 275 yards. I was amazed. It happened to be a calm day.
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