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wanting a .17 hmr for next gun purchase

mossberg 817's can be bought for under $200, are they a good starter 17 hmr?
would it be better in the long run to spend a little more on a better one?

how much would you save buying a used one?

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I had a mossberg 817, it was okay,reasonably accurate but trigger was rough and the finish would rust if you breathed on it. I would think the marlin or savage to be a much better gun and would def hold value far better.

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Have a friend that has the marlin in SS and its pretty nice accurate and the trigger is pretty good, too. We've used his many times out at 100 yrds to shoot field larks for fishing bait.
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The best shooting 17 I have ever laid my hands on is the Browning T-Bolt. Great guns, great looking, and a unique action.
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The best shooting 17 I have ever laid my hands on is the Browning T-Bolt. Great guns, great looking, and a unique action.
$569 is too much for this broke mexican
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Haha, well in any case the savages are great shooters. I had a bolt savage with a walmart scope and I could pick birds out of trees!
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Dick's sport goods has a bull barreled Savage that is exclusive to them in .17. It looks like a nice gun and I hear they are accurate. Other than the neat factor, I really don't see the need for a .17 over a .22 or .22 mag.
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I have a Savage 93 and it is a fun, dead on accurate gun to shoot. Sub MOA at 100m. I also have a 10/22 that while accurate for plinking, I would not hunt with it.



As far as the .17 vs the 22mag it just depends what you are going to do with it, and how far you are. I use my .17 for small varmints and have taken a few turkeys with it. This is from my stand at 175m. The 22mag starts dying after the first 50 yards where the .17hmr is still at almost the 22s mv at 200m.
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I have the Marlin and love it.

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I shot a buddies Rossi and it was a single shot break over and it was pretty accurate to 100 yds. It was less then 200
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Dick's sport goods has a bull barreled Savage that is exclusive to them in .17. It looks like a nice gun and I hear they are accurate. Other than the neat factor, I really don't see the need for a .17 over a .22 or .22 mag.
it's a better round - read the review above...

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The .17 HMR--for those of you who've somehow missed all the excitement about this new rimfire development--is based on a .22 magnum case necked down to shoot 17-caliber bullets. The Hornady load uses a 17-grain V-Max bullet that leaves the barrel at 2,550 feet per second--more than 300 fps faster than the best .22 mag loads. (My Oehler 35P said the bullet was going 2,610 fps our of the Ruger.) Sighted in at 50 yards, there is 10 inches less drop at 200 yards with the .17 HMR than the .22 mag, making the .17 HMR an honest-to-gosh 175-to-200-yard varmint cartridge.
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I have the Marlin and love it.
That's the same gun I have. I bought it for $179 (without scope/mount/rings) at Walmart before Uncle Barry got into office.

I have no idea what they are going for now.
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it's a better round - read the review above...
The bad thing I hear with the .17 is shot placement on anything larger than a squirrel is crucial for a clean kill. I have read articles where they say if they would increase the bullet weight to 25 grains it would be a better varminter.
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The bad thing I hear with the .17 is shot placement on anything larger than a squirrel is crucial for a clean kill. I have read articles where they say if they would increase the bullet weight to 25 grains it would be a better varminter.
that is the sacrifice, less drop less thump. However you do have that kind of accuracy with the round, and went it comes to shooting small targets, I'll choose accuracy over power any day.
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The bad thing I hear with the .17 is shot placement on anything larger than a squirrel is crucial for a clean kill. I have read articles where they say if they would increase the bullet weight to 25 grains it would be a better varminter.
It'll pop eyeballs out on pigs under 10 yds and drop one with a shot behind the ear out at 100 never shot one out farther.
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It'll pop eyeballs out on pigs under 10 yds and drop one with a shot behind the ear out at 100 never shot one out farther.
That's all I need to hear. If it'll drop a hog I'm sure it'll take out a small varmint.

I know it'll penetrate a hockey puck at 25 yards. Don't ask me how I know, but I've seen it in person.

It'll also penetrate a ream (500 sheets) of paper.

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Here you go:
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brother's selling his Savage .17 HMR rifle, that I sold him a couple years ago. I bought it new, sighted it in, and never shot it again. My brother put a new scope on it when I sold it to him, sighted it in, and hasn't shot it since.

Practically brand new, maybe 50 rds through it total.

First $250 gets it, no trades please. You can email him [email protected]

It has a Simmons 12x40 Prohunter AO scope on it
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