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Old 06-20-2021, 09:57 AM
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Just sharing. I was, again, totally impressed by the power and range of the 17HMR during my most recent p-dog shoot last weekend. I killed 120 dogs and only 10 of them with my .223. The range is generally around 100 yds, give or take 50 yds. The fields I was shooting had been shot before so the dogs were skittish. Not many easy shots. The direct hits were impressive in terms of lethality and telegraphed with the tell-tale "whomp", characteristic of larger rifles. My Anschutz 1517MPR proved itself again and again. Amazing round, that 17HMR!!
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Old 06-20-2021, 12:17 PM
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I wish I lived in an area where there were prairie dogs in need of extermination. Sounds like a blast, and your actually providing a service. The 17HMR would seem like a perfect round for them. One of these days I'll get out west for a few days.
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Old 06-20-2021, 12:50 PM
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I'll be heading for southwest Colorado early tomorrow for my annual shoot. My brother introduced me to the 17HMR a few years back after he had moved to Colorado and invited me out for my first ever shoot. I was so impressed with the 17 that I went overboard and now have three, a CZ455 Varmint with Timney trigger, a CZ452 with the Yo-Dave trigger and a Savage 93R17 heavy barrel with Accutrigger. Amazingly accurate and not expensive to shoot, I think the 455 is the most consistent.
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17HMR and praire dogs

Welcome to the .17 HMR club.

Lots of different vermin to take with the .17 and itís not limited to p-dogs.

Mice/rats at dairy or feed lots just as an idea.
If your using the poly tip then you wonít have dangerous over penetration or ricochet.

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Old 06-24-2021, 12:55 AM
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I have done some professional work on gopher in the area and have to get in close to structures..interstates, the .17 is my choice of rifle, the remains can be a little messy at times; the worst for bouncing around is the SV loads.

I'm a blessed man being in close to the farmers and ranchers fields and pastures and get to gopher hunt for eight months of the year; been hunting their fields for forty years

This time of year your .22 will be the most rewarding..the first farmers crops will be harvested here the next couple weeks, then the .17 and .222 will start riding along again.

By the end of the season I'm burnt out, but as winter starts lingering I see vision of the gopher fields again..along mid February it begins all over again

Pigeons make fine targets for the .17 too


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Old 06-24-2021, 08:06 AM
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I found the 17 to be very effective on prairiedogs in past years. If the little critter was within 150 yards he was a dead dog. The prairiedog has pretty much gone the way of the do-do in my area though. That's the way the ranchers like it and I can't really blame them.
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Old 06-24-2021, 09:06 AM
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I have done some professional work on gopher in the area and have to get in close to structures..interstates, the .17 is my choice of rifle, the remains can be a little messy at times; the worst for bouncing around is the SV loads.

I'm a blessed man being in close to the farmers and ranchers fields and pastures and get to gopher hunt for eight months of the year; been hunting their fields for forty years

This time of year your .22 will be the most rewarding..the first farmers crops will be harvested here the next couple weeks, then the .17 and .222 will start riding along again.

By the end of the season I'm burnt out, but as winter starts lingering I see vision of the gopher fields again..along mid February it begins all over again

Pigeons make fine targets for the .17 too


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Old 06-24-2021, 12:54 PM
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Been using a 17 on Pdogs and gophers since '04. Leaving for Wyoming Saturday morning to do it again.
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Old 06-24-2021, 04:00 PM
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I, too, have the good fortune of access to prime p-dog country, BUT, it is a 6-hour drive to get there. It takes dedicated planning, lots of equipment and ammo, food, a place to stay (my host provides that), and my tolerant wife who supports my hobby. My blessings are too numerous to count. My next trip is in the planning stages.
I've ordered a new 17HMR and will soon order a scope. The biggest issue is becoming the impossibly hard to find reasonably priced ammo. But, I'm testing and loading .204 and .223, plus I have a good supply of 22Hornet.
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Old 06-24-2021, 08:12 PM
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Old 07-20-2021, 10:22 AM
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Here in Montana it is simply devastating on prairie dogs!!

Have shot thousands with my CZ 452 and Nikon 3x9 scope.

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Old 07-21-2021, 11:45 AM
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Takes only once..maybe twice of...up close shots to let you know you don't want to do it again




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I just got back myself from a Wy. shoot, mostly ground squirrels and a few PD. The 17 HMR is simply lethal on these vermin. We took a newcomer to the group this year and he is hooked on the 17 HMR as well.

I know Iím getting older, but it doesnít seem like that many years ago there was a lot of poo pooing the 17 HMR. I remember reading lots of comments that the 17 HMR was just a new caliber that wouldnít last. I just wonder sometimes what those same folks would think now.

Thank you Hornady!
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Old 07-21-2021, 05:22 PM
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Visiting my brother 2 weeks ago I noticed a deceased fox about 70 yards from his mailbox. He said that the fox had been involved in an accident - that Mr Fox had accidentally stood still too long. He was impressed with the damage.
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Old 07-22-2021, 01:20 PM
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Hey Guys....just returned from another shoot in the same area, mostly shooting one of two Anschutz 1517HMRs. the trip was hurried and I encounter a car problem, but still a great hunt. Killed 55 dogs, the last few with my Remington 700 VSF .223 at 200+ yds. Great fun!
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