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#2986932 - 10/17/12 10:23 PM 17 HMR on squirrels??
mr.big
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I messed around and wound up with a sporter weight 17 HMR barrel for the CZ455 Varmint,,it looks funny with the light barrel in the varmint stock but with the 4.5-14 LR/T M1 scope and a 100 yard zero the 17 gr VMax bullet is only 3/8ths an inch high at 65 yards and 1 inch low at 125.

I may get up Saturday morning and give it a try,,I havent been all year yet..anybody use the HMR on squirrels,,I have the 17M2 but havent ever hunted with the Magnum,,we will see I guess,,I bet it makes a mess.
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#2986942 - 10/17/12 10:29 PM Re: 17 HMR on squirrels?? [Re: mr.big]
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I've heard so....
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#2986948 - 10/17/12 10:33 PM Re: 17 HMR on squirrels?? [Re: leader]
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Head shots only! \:\)
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#2986969 - 10/17/12 11:04 PM Re: 17 HMR on squirrels?? [Re: Rockhound]
BigD_625
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My dad told me if I shot another squirrel with a .17 HMR, he would never clean another one for me. Everyone I shot anywhere but the head either blew apart when I shot it or ripped apart when we cleaned them.
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#2987030 - 10/18/12 04:57 AM Re: 17 HMR on squirrels?? [Re: BigD_625]
mike243
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head & neck shots,I have shot them thru the ribs & not lost any meat but can make skinning a challenge ,also being able to killem from a really long ways makes it hard to shoot & keep track of more than 1 at a time,I hate losing 1 after seeing it fall.
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#2987059 - 10/18/12 06:15 AM Re: 17 HMR on squirrels?? [Re: Rockhound]
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
Head shots only! \:\)


+1

I used an HMR for a couple years. Loved it because of the accuracy and range. The round will explode a squirrel if you hit the body. I went back to the 22 because of the price of ammo.
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#2987108 - 10/18/12 07:26 AM Re: 17 HMR on squirrels?? [Re: meat hunter]
CPerkins
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Head shots only and they are MESSY!!
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#2988133 - 10/18/12 08:17 PM Re: 17 HMR on squirrels?? [Re: CPerkins]
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I've killed a few that were getting in above my bonus room through a vent. Not a pretty sight shooting them through the body.
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