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Location: Alabama
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.17 HMR

Ok fellas here's the deal. I currently own a Ruger M77 .17 HMR with Bushnell scope. I took it squirrel hunting the other day and well with the Federal .17gr V-max loaded bullet, it destroyed the meat on the squirrels. My questions is: Is there any hollow points or FMJ's that would be better to hunt with? I enjoy shooting the rifle but I hate to waste the meat! Brick Wall,) So can I use the rifle or just go back to shooting the trusty old .22 LR.

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Location: Summit, IL
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.17 HMR

Go for head shots is the only thing you could do...That lil 17 is FAST and its PURPOSE is to blow up what it hits. Other than head shots yer gonna blow stuff up.

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.17 HMR

As Cam said, It's either head shots or hamburg. Thumbs up

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.17 HMR

CCI makes a 20 grain FMJ load and Hornady has a 20grain XTP HP load. Either are far less frangile than the 17gr V-Max bullet that most stores stock. I think CCI also has a 20grain HP load as well.

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.17 HMR

All 3 of which will Still blow alotta meat out because of the speed of the round...tree rats are fragile lil things and if you hit them with any kinna speed at all you gonna tear stuff up...I even go for head shots with a 22...And FYI...Those CCI 20 grainers will blow the head clean off of a groundhog at 100 yards so I think they would still mess a body hit tree rat all to heck

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.17 HMR

Ok thanks guys, I'm gonna pick up some of the HP and see how they do, if theres still too much meat damage I'll back down to the trusty ole .22.