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17 HMR is it worth buying?

It is almost time for me to talk the wife into buying me a new rifle for my birthday. I love plinking with my henry 22 and yote hunting with the 22-250 and 223. And for the large stuff have the 7mm weatherby. I have been eyeing a .17 hmr at a store but have been getting differant reviews on it and would like some help. Good buy or bad?

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I'ld go for it and I have

I'ld go for it and I have actually been thinking of buying the same caliber.  I have heard nothing but good about the round as long as you use it for what it was intended for. 

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I have one and love it.  Not

I have one and love it.  Not the best shooter in the wind but great gun tom play around with.  Costs a little more to shoot than a 22, but none the less alot of fun and really accurate.  I have a Savage model with a bull barrel.

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Thanks for all your comments,

Thanks for all your comments, seems like it would be a fun gun to shoot. I have herd that is doesn't like the wind very much.  It will fit in around my place...a lot of trees and not much open places. Pacific northwest country

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I had

A Marlin 17 hmr had a horrible trigger which I had my gunsmith correct as much as possible. Had a nice bull barrel on it. Had a lot of fun blasting jackrabbits with it out to 100-130 yards. It was a fun little gun but the wind can blow those little pills around if it's much above 10 mph. I wouldn't use one for coyotes but for squirrels and rabbits it's a blast

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.17

I shoot a .17 and it is a blast and cost alot more to shoot than a 22 but its worth it!

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yes it is

i had won one at a raffel and love it killed alot of ground hogs with it this year even all the way out at 200 yards love it and so do my children

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Its a solid cartridge for

Its a solid cartridge for prairie dogs and similar small game.  A tad light for coyotes though.

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I love using my 17 for

I love using my 17 for rabbits, foxes, and coyotes. I use the red tipped ones for rabbits because they come apart on impact and they blow a big hole. For foxes and coyotes i use the hollow points. I usually only shoot out to 100 yards at most. I have no problem in dropping them. But it's a blast for small game animals, go for it!

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