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 05-17-2005, 09:21 Post: 111161
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Last Year I bought a rifle with .17HMR and was not totally pleased with the performance however have not done lots of shooting with it to be sure. I see a new .17Mach2 that is now out and many have adopted it. Does anyone know the story behind the two?

I know the .17HMR was developed by Hornady. They have also private branded some ammo with a different tip that has no accuracy in my rifle. I have an el-cheapo rifle which may be the problem. I found the .17HMR to drift with fluctuations in a cross wind at even 50 yards.

Wish I would have bought the old .22Mag for its reliability. I'm looking for something more potent than a .22 long and have .223 and .22-250 for long range shooting.






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 05-17-2005, 09:52 Post: 111164
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I don't know anything about the mach2 but I have heard from several other people about bullet drift with those light .17 cals. If you are thinking of updating to the mach2, you will still have the wind drift problem because of the light .17 bullet. If you are changing rifles again I would just go with the 22 mag. Just my somewhat informed opinion but I am no expert on ballistics.






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 05-17-2005, 10:19 Post: 111165
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Yooper, The main difference is that yours is a necked down 22 mag and the mach2 is a necked down 22 long rifle cartridge. The idea then is for manufacturers to be able to produce a new gun with a long rifle platform.

Here's a link below to the NRA mag's article.
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 05-17-2005, 10:28 Post: 111167
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The 17 HMR is a necked down 22 Mag, the Mach 2 is a necked down 22 Long Rifle. It uses the same bullet as the HMR but is slower and even more prone to wind drift.

Some of the latest reviews, now that the "new" hype has passed, are saying that neither 17 has the killing power of the parent cartridge on anything larger than a ground squirrel.






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 05-17-2005, 11:09 Post: 111171
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Have you considered a 22 Hornet? It kinda falls in between the 22LR and 223.






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 05-17-2005, 11:36 Post: 111172
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Yes, look at the Hornet. Neat little cartridge.






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 05-17-2005, 11:44 Post: 111174
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In Michigan we are allowed to hunt varmints after dark but only with rimfire cartridges. I wanted some new high tech caliber just for fun!

I bought an H&R single shot which is a cheapy and can get another barrel for it. Chances are I'll get a .22 mag. to compare performance.

Looks like the .17Mach2 will be a more popular round in the years to come.

I also have a bolt action rifle chambered for .22 long rifle. Shooting .22 CCI Stingers works well also. Hindsight tells me I should have stuck with the older reliable ammo.

I'm thinking the same thing about all of the new short magnums coming out these days. There are too many and some will fall by the wayside over the years to come.






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Are you hunting on your own private property? If this is the case; the rimfire restriction may not apply to you.






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 05-17-2005, 14:01 Post: 111185
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 .17HMR vs: .17Mach2 cartridge

Thanks for the real life info on this round. My next gun was going to be something else, but was considering it for groundhogs. I didn't want to stop using my .22 cal bolt action Marlin my late Father bought me for my 12th birthday anyway.






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 05-17-2005, 14:23 Post: 111189
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I hunt on both private and public land. The private land allows me to do pretty much anything I want. My AR-15 shooting .223 with target barrel and 15 round clip equipped with night vision works well on this remote land.

For long range daylight shooting on diked trails I use my Browning .22-250 with Leupold 6 1/2-20 Vari-XIII. I also have a Harris bi-pod set-up.

This fall/winter with a fur bearer's license I plan on hunting fox and coyote along the banks of the AuSable River near Oscoda which is public land. It is filled with tracks during winter months and have located a number of dens. The hair filled droppings are another clue.

Best hunting is at dusk or slightly after. Have a Johnny Stewart CD and player.






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