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.17HMR advice

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by Postman, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. Postman

    Postman Busy Member

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    Im thinking about adding a .17 to my cabinet, but the only thing is the sound level of it? at the moment I'm using a .22 with subs and its great, nice and quiet, i just want the ability to shoot accurately at longer distances and to lower the chance of ricochets on the very hard fields at the moment. No having experienced shooting or hearing one would you say a moderated one is similar to say a hushpower 12/20 bore?

    Some of my permissions have houses dotted around them possibly the closest id be shooting would be about 350ish yards away, so don't want upset them or generally bring unwanted attention.

    Ive got a sirocco 16 moderator on the .22lr , would this moderate the sound well on the .17?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated :D
     
  2. snapperspike

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    Well, I'm afraid to say, the 17hmr is LOUD !
    It's not the rifle itself, it's the bullet going supersonic that creates the noise.
    I've .22, 17hmr, .223, ,243 and .308, and whilst the 17hmr isn't as loud as the last two, it's not very far away from the .223.
    I've a good mod on the 17hmr, and an A-tec maxim with two extra sections on the 223, so both well modded, but they're not MUCH different sound wise.
    That's one problem I find with the 17hmr, it's a great round, BUT, mine's used for mid range corvids really, as my .22 does out to 80yds on the bunnies, the .223 does Charlie and corvids to 200yds, so it's in a bit of a limbo land !
    It's affected more by the wind than some calibres, but having said that, bunnies at 100-120yds seem confused as to where the bang originates from, so it is useful at times !
    Anyway, just my experience, but there is no way unfortunately to quieten it down to low levels

    Cheers
     
  3. r10hunter

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    Hard to say compared to a hushpower as they vary a lot. But a moderated .17 will have about the same volume as your .22lr without its moderator on. But more of a crack than a bang.
    At 350 yards away you won't here it much indoors.
    Anyone in a garden 350 yards away would hear it clearly but it would not be so loud as to cause alarm or nuisance.
    Great guns go for it.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    This - I've shot bunnies that are only a few yards apart and the muzzle report hasn't spooked the second one even after the first has been shot. Great little round; it's almost like cheating.
     
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    hi same here i use a cz 17 and yes you get a crack but you should be ok great calibre and shots at 120 + yards is so accurate bunnies dont know whats hit them.
    my permission was on condition air rifle only due to the horses they keep. but now i use 22 rimmy and yes 17 hmr cci rounds doesnt spook the horses at all. so i dont think people hearing it will be to fazed just make sure the round goes to ground.
     
  6. buffy vampire slayer

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    my weihrauch HMR has a wildcat predator 8,centre fire rated,.17 cal specific mod on the end and it reduces the muzzle report a massive amount more than the SAK it replaced,but the supersonic crack will never be able to be moderated.
    I have the same mod on my .308 and a A-TEK MAXIM with 2 extra baffles on my .22-250 and both these are much louder than the HMR.
     
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    It's louder than your .22. no rocket science there, but you will be surprised what you can get away with when shooting one. I have shot lots of rabbits that are near each other and they have hardly flinched. There is a crack, not so much of a bang.

    I have had a scirrocco sm11 and a sak on mine. not much diff between the 2 noise wise.
     
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    Sounds promising... Had visions of it sounding like a 12g shotgun and annoying everyone working 600 square meters lol
     
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    It's not horrendous but definately noticeable compared to .22lr. Shoot your .22lr with subsonics & without the moderator will give you an idea. Most of my shoots are quite noise sensitive with rural neighbours I do my best not to upset with noise pollution:D The only time I have been approached by the land owner was during a zeroing session when I first got my HMR, checking on who was shooting, obviously lots of shots in quick succession draws attention, but once the zeroing is over it's hardly noticeable.

    John:)
     
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    The one bit of advice I will offer you, is this. Don't if you do go ahead with one, think of spending a fortune on custom moderators as I did. With this round, its a mugs game. Just stick a sak on, and keep it clean. I bought various mods including calibre specific, and there is hardly anything in it. Save your funds. KB1
     
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    well i went and got one today, i bought a Browning T bolt varmint with an ATEC moderator , been out for a play and have to say, dunno what i was worrying about, the crack isn't really that bad at all. very pleased indeed, lovely little gun, just a same the ammo is so bloody expensive winchester 17g HV cost £14.95 a box of 50, that sound about right?:eek:
     
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    My CZ455 17HMR loves Hornady V-max and I pay £12.00 per box of 50 (some on here get them for £10.00).
     
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    Ill have to try them next. Ive got a 3-9x40 tasco world class on it at the moment, but i find the reticules quiet thick at 100 yards, what do you guys recommend?
     
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    I use Hawke Varmint 6-24x44 SF on all my rifles and I find them excellent although I never go above 12x mag.
     
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    Hell no...

    Eleven quid for fifty here.
     
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    19 quid for 100 round here.
    beats £1:30 a pop for the .308 hands down!!!!
     
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    I get the same deal from an outlet in Essex, why cant they all set their prices the same. KB1
     
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    Im not sure how you manage to compare a 308 to a hmr round, for one you can not reload a hmr and two can't shoot deer. But then the 308 has its down falls too, so cost is irrelevant if the gun is accurate on quarry and only comes into play when shooting targets and apples ect.

    Andrew
     
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