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Old 06-16-2020, 02:04 PM
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Years ago, I had a heavy barreled marlin bolt action 22mag that was a tack driver, and sent a lot of groundhogs to the other side. I sold it years ago, but I'm leaning towards picking up something similar for popping groundhogs at 225 yards ish. The groundhogs are trained or conditioned in this open field that they run when they see people from 150 yards on in.

I've got some cans, and I'd like something very accurate, that had a threaded barrel. The only options I'm seeing are Savage and Ruger. Is there anything I'm missing?

The Savage 93 FV-SR, Ruger RPR, are the ones catching my eye at the moment.
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:06 PM
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CZ may have an option.
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:12 PM
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CZ may have an option.
I looked there too, and didn't see anything threaded.
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Old 06-16-2020, 09:23 PM
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Ruger has the American also.

https://ruger.com/products/americanR...eets/8349.html
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:02 PM
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Happy with my RAR ‘predator’ 22 magnum, also threaded
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Old 06-16-2020, 11:20 PM
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... I'm leaning towards picking up something similar for popping groundhogs at 225 yards ish. The groundhogs are trained or conditioned in this open field that they run when they see people from 150 yards on in.
For shots at Groundhogs in excess of 150 out to 225 yards the 22WMR isn't the best rimfire round. If you really want to hit them more than just occasionally with a rimfire round, the .17HMR or better yet, the harder hitting .17WSM would both be superior to the .22WMR. Otherwise, there are far more suitable centerfire cartridges for those ranges, unless you're restricted by local regulations.
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Old 06-19-2020, 01:33 PM
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For shots at Groundhogs in excess of 150 out to 225 yards the 22WMR isn't the best rimfire round. If you really want to hit them more than just occasionally with a rimfire round, the .17HMR or better yet, the harder hitting .17WSM would both be superior to the .22WMR. Otherwise, there are far more suitable centerfire cartridges for those ranges, unless you're restricted by local regulations.
I've been on the fence about the 17HMR also. Honestly, I have to admit I have a nostalgic bias towards the 22mag because it was my first rifle I bought myself at 18 years old. I definitely tend to lean towards heavier rounds at farther distances. I've just never fired a 17HMR and have nothing to base a decision on.

Where these ground hogs play at is an open field with a consistent breeze. I haven't heard great things about the 17's and wind. I'm open to the 17hmr, but I just have to get it through my thick head.
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:47 PM
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I've been on the fence about the 17HMR also. Honestly, I have to admit I have a nostalgic bias towards the 22mag because it was my first rifle I bought myself at 18 years old. I definitely tend to lean towards heavier rounds at farther distances. I've just never fired a 17HMR and have nothing to base a decision on.

Where these ground hogs play at is an open field with a consistent breeze. I haven't heard great things about the 17's and wind. I'm open to the 17hmr, but I just have to get it through my thick head.
The HMR isn't as bad as the .22WMR, because of the velocity and the BC of the bullets. Yes, wind will blow it, but it will blow the WMR's bullet even more. Neither are optimal at that distance (150 yards), a centerfire would be better, of course that might not be an option for your needs. (A .17 Hornet is pretty quiet, though, not very obnoxious at all).
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Old 06-19-2020, 10:40 PM
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If you have to use Rimfire seriously check out the .17WSM for ranges beyond 100 yards. I have shot a .22WMR for years on groundhogs. It's a great round within its optimal ranges out to about 125 yards. Beyond that range it's cone of fire really increases to the point of seriously dropping your probability to connect with your intended target.

But with the ranges your looking at the .17WSM is far more suitable. The drop with a 20g round is just 4" at 200 yards. Whereas a .40g .22WMR drops 4" at around 85 yards and over 33" at 200 yards. The .22WMR is just ballistically out classed at long ranges.

I have recently bought a Savage BMAG in .17WSM, with the Boyd's stock since by regulation I'm restricted to rimfire and I have really been enjoying it. If you're in the market, don't short change yourself.
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Old 06-20-2020, 12:24 AM
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Mick's gun shoots like my predator. Cloverleafs with 30 grain at 50 yards. My 17hmr and my buddies 17 hmr shoots well too. You may like the Go Wild camo model if you can find one. Nice thing about the Ruger America is the rotary 9 round magazine. I'm not a big fan of the plastic stock profile. The hard high cheek is uncomfortable for me. I think the predator shoots a bit better than my 882 marlin.
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:25 PM
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I've been a fan of the 22 WMR for decades. Firmly believe that going after chucks out to 225 yards is stretching the cartridge's capability a bit to far. Worst case: a wounded chuck crawling into it's hole to die in pain.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:37 PM
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The 17 WSM is a dead horse, go with the .17 Hornet, .204 or .223.
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:41 PM
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The 17 WSM is a dead horse, go with the .17 Hornet, .204 or .223.
Uh, how so is the 17WSM a dead horse? Do you or have you ever owned a rifle chambered in 17WSM? Rimfire to rimfire, there's nothing even close to the 17WSM. My new this year 17WSM Savage BMAG in a Boyd's featherweight stock has been doing a fine job at dispatching groundhogs.

Not that it is better than the center-fire cartridges you mentioned. And, I'd agree that for the OPs desired 225 yard reach any of the center-fire cartridges you mentioned would be much more suitable. But, for those who are regulated to rimfire, the 17WSM is far superior to the .22WMR beyond 100 yards.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:57 PM
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Uh, how so is the 17WSM a dead horse? Do you or have you ever owned a rifle chambered in 17WSM? Rimfire to rimfire, there's nothing even close to the 17WSM. My new this year 17WSM Savage BMAG in a Boyd's featherweight stock has been doing a fine job at dispatching groundhogs.

Not that it is better than the center-fire cartridges you mentioned. And, I'd agree that for the OPs desired 225 yard reach any of the center-fire cartridges you mentioned would be much more suitable. But, for those who are regulated to rimfire, the 17WSM is far superior to the .22WMR beyond 100 yards.
Why would I own a WSM when it has been plagued with rifle and ammo issues since introduction. There are too many other time proven alternatives. Plus you don't see any really good quality rifles being chambered for it.

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Old 06-29-2020, 09:09 PM
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Why would I own a WSM when it has been plagued with rifle and ammo issues since introduction. There are too many other time proven alternatives. Plus you don't see any really good quality rifles being chambered for it.
I would consider volquartsen good quality I'm not a fan of Winchester ammo (which makes all the ammo) so I get that point

As to the OP volquartsen in 22 magnum is threaded .. cz made the 512 magnum threaded if you're looking for semi autos that are threaded. Lithgow makes a threaded 22 magnum to add to your others mentioned steyr does too I believe
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