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Old 08-08-2019, 04:11 AM
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Chime in and tell me your thoughts on 22 Mag 30 gr or 33 gr with BT have on ricochet. I'm thinking its less likely to making it safer. What's you opinion?
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I don't think you'll find much if any difference there. They will be better than the 40s but still have a lot more mass than a 17. I like the fact the 17 lose their energy so fast and don't ricochet much if at all. They can be shot against hard targets and will splatter as long as it's heavy steel or concrete/rock. Something I won't do with any 22. They are much more useful around equipment and rubble piles than the 22s particularly the polite and well mannered mach 2.
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I know that the HP and FMJ rounds are more likely to ricochet, but do you think the lighter 30 and 33 BT are just as likely to ??
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They are basically the same construction. They will behave about the same down range. If you want to split hair go for the 30s. They have less mass. Either can get you in trouble if you aren't careful. Always know what's down range and assume you will have a ricochet. Test both shot into gallon milk jugs set back to back and see if the bullet stops in the first jug. It will tell you a lot about down range performance. A 17 mach 2 will be stopped by a full 32 oz Gatorade bottle at 50 yards and the bullet fragments will all be in the bottle. What are you shooting around/against? I believe the 22 mag will blow through a filled gallon jug even with 30 grain ammo but I haven't tested that personally. rc
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I have had 17gr. VMaxes out of HMRs ricochet badly off those sun-baked prairie dog mounds in South Dakota pretty often. NOTHING is ricochet-proof. As rc noted in the above post, just assume you will get ricochets and pay attention to what is downrange, avoiding those high-priced cows/horses if possible.

I have no doubt that tiny little 17gr. bullets went to pieces, and tiny pieces at that, but I still don't want to hurt a rancher's cow, that screws up chances for a repeat visit.

While I think the poly-tipped bullets are a great asset, nothing is proof from ricochets and you have to accept that. Happily enough, even in Indiana there are places they can be put to good use.
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