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Old 08-14-2021, 01:12 PM
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The vmax 17 grainers.
Just in case I shoot more than I predict at squirrels.

My 455 with lilja barrel shoots pretty darn good.
Loving the element Nexus scope too.
Surgical work can be done with it.
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Old 08-14-2021, 01:12 PM
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, was the price normal or inflated?


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Old 08-14-2021, 02:15 PM
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Total to my door $216 I think. Correction $214.75 Includes shipping.

Tempted to buy another Nightforce compact scope with moar reticle in it.
They don’t offer ihr reticle anymore.
And then another lilja barrel in hm2.
Then I would be all set. Lol
Aside from ammo think buying these would finish out my hunting career.
Might finish out my wallet too. Lol

Last hornady I received. My first hm2 lilja barrel loves. At 63 yards gun shoots this stuff tremendous. Scary actually. Very close to eyeball squirrel accurate at 63 yards using the element Nexus scope at 12x.
I have 4 rigs set up to squirrel hunt.
Pair of hm2s
Pair of 22 lr.
Will use all at various times.
Winter time though hm2 ONLY!

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Old 08-14-2021, 02:33 PM
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very nice, season opens tomorrow indiana, wont be able to get out til tues…

gonna get a lilja barrel next year for 10/22.

always browsing scopes, ill use the leupold 3-9 efr this year. may try sumthing else next year. wish leupold had more rimfire offerings.

the .22lr bench guys seem to like the athlon midas, never seen one in person. looking at the 2.5-15x50 parallax 10yrds ~


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Old 08-14-2021, 03:52 PM
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very nice, season opens tomorrow indiana, wont be able to get out til tues…

gonna get a lilja barrel next year for 10/22.

always browsing scopes, ill use the leupold 3-9 efr this year. may try sumthing else next year. wish leupold had more rimfire offerings.

the .22lr bench guys seem to like the athlon midas, never seen one in person. looking at the 2.5-15x50 parallax 10yrds ~


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I like the reticle subtension on the leupold efrs. Got 2 of them. Had three. Sold one.
This Bushnell elite 4200 4x16 reticle subtension a bit much for squirrel head shooting. One gets out there little bit one I have to go to 7 or 8x.
I put that scope on the CZ 457.
I may switch it out for one of the efrs I got have.
My Annie wears one of the efrs already.
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The scarcity and price of 17HMR ammo is making the 17Mach2 look much better. I've seen it on the shelf for $8.99 and I just paid $19 for 17HMR. Good thing I have 4 bricks of Mach2 for the next few squirrel hunts. I use 17HMR primarily for prairie dogs and 17Mach2 for squirrels.
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Actually this ammo shortage makes rifle platforms with interchangeable barrels attractive. Wouldn’t take too long to pay for a hm2 barrel with the current price of 17 hmr ammo. Plus hm2 ammo seems is easoer to get. I also see where some here are testing, looking for 17 hmr round that is not so destructive on squirrels. Look no further than the 17 hm2 round. Might be ironic. It was an ammo shortage that drove 17 hm2 rifles back in the closet. Looks like this ammo shortage has a chance to put 17 hmrs in the closet.

Saw some thunderbolt 22 lr ammo. 8$ for 50 rounds. They were broke out in small plastic bags holding 50 rounds each. At that price one might as well be shooting hm2.

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Received ammo.
Have around 10,000 rounds now.
Should be good for a while.
Will order more next spring to replenish what’s inshoot this squirrel season.
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Decent enough price..I only have 600 rounds and three Firearms chambered in it..I am slacking for sure. Ihave paid as much as 10.00 a box myself for HM2..Like to pay 9.00 or less though.
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I’ve found a good steady supply for $7 a box out the door it’s hard not to buy a brick every trip


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Sitting on five 2,000 round cases of Eley and a 5,000 round case of late production Hornady and that's after selling a friend a Case of Hornady and a brick of Eley. In early and big, most of the Eley bought for under around $38 a brick from Good Shooting. Those late to .17m2 are playing catch up, it's a great round.
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Sitting on five 2,000 round cases of Eley and a 5,000 round case of late production Hornady and that's after selling a friend a Case of Hornady and a brick of Eley. In early and big, most of the Eley bought for under around $38 a brick from Good Shooting. Those late to .17m2 are playing catch up, it's a great round.

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Yeah I bought 22 shorts for 60 cents a box of 50 back yonder.
Ammo won’t get any cheaper.

My concern with hm2 was two fold. Lack of model guns made for it, and then ammo shortage. Then lilja quit making barrels.
When they started again I got in.

I shot air rifles at squirrels mainly 2003-2004. Then shot hmr for a few years. Then the hm2 ammo shortage hit. Turned me off. So used 22 lr.

That Air Arms 177 caliber suppressed I had did a number on a load of squirrels.
Dec 2004-Feb 2005, I made numerous 8 plus squirrel kills out of same walnut tree.
Was a tremendous 3 months of squirrel hunting. Be off early Dec a squirrel could hardly be found around here. They moved in fast and big. Few hickory trees beared.

My hunting strategy when leaves are off and on has changed somewhat.
Thanks to hm2 and my shooting stick I made.
Hunt faster and more efficient. Less steps made overall which means me making less noise.

Yeah the folks around here eyes roll when I tell them hunt stories with hmr and hm2 on squirrels. They think I am telling tall tales. I just look at them and grin.
And on occasion I do get to give a demo. Sometimes on paper. Sometimes on a longer distance squirrel.

Funny thing happened last late summer. These 3 brothers and one other gent, they are loggers and think they are the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to hunting.
While they were on logging site I would visit during their lunch break.
I had the hm2 with me and was telling them about some of my recent hunting adventures. The one gent jumps up goes to his truck and get one of those small square stick on orange price labels peels it off what it was on sticks in on a small box. He comes up to me and says you probably can’t even hit this. You’re BSing us all about what you or the gun can do.
So he walks away hangs box up on a tree about 40 yard away. Comes back and ask can you hit that label? I said I should be able to.
I already had my shooting stick there and he had seen it.
So I sat on one of the fresh real big Logs they had cut stuck. gun up on shooting stick and shot at label. I knew I had hit it. He couldn’t see that I had though. The others were paying attention. So he goes and sees I had hit the label. And then he said heck if you can do that I can too. So I hand him the gun and shooting stick. He shot and missed. Then one of the others said if I could do it he could. So I give him the gun and stick. He shot and missed. Then they both started making excuses.
Yeah some talk a good game. I like to see production though, less talk.
One of these gents just as of late said he wanted to go squirrel hunting with me.
But up jumped the devil.
He evidently has been watching my crossbow videos. He has become more leery of me.
Now he says he can’t see well enough to squirrel hunt.
Think he’s afraid he’ll get his azz burnt if he goes with me.

I do get my kicks out of people.
And the funny thing is this last gent above.
I was telling him what I could do with Ravin crossbow.
He thought I was joshing him.
He bought one and now he is trying to tell me what the crossbows will do.

I am still waiting to get a lesson from him either with his bow or his rimfire.
I’ll likely be waiting a long long time.

Everyday I at least shoulder one of my rifles 6 times. Believe it or not this is practice for me. Some at least.
Twenty plus years ago I didn’t need hm2 to have bountiful season harvest.. woods here have changed a lot. Logged out. Lots of more open places. Now hm2 gives clear advantage. In clean log yards on the ridges. You get in one of those squirrels will see you. So take hm2 and stop short of log yard. And shoot longer distances across log yards 50 plus yards, sometimes as far as 80 with leaves on.

Cheers.

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