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Simple choice: Which rifle are you going to take out for rabbits?

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by RodN, May 12, 2015.

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Which rifle are you going to take out to shoot rabbits as your first choice?

  1. .17HMR

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  1. RodN

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    Simple choice: Which rifle are you going to take out for shooting rabbits as your first choice?
    .22LR or .17HMR
     
  2. Jackroadkill

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    Depends very much on the circumstance; for example:

    Is it windy or still?
    Am I stalking or ambushing?
    Am I in a hide?
    Am I lamping?
    Am I doing eradication or looking to just bag one for the pot?
     
  3. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    Bunnies , .17 for me
     
  4. harry brown

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    Or which gun is your current reach for gun. It's not easy and my mind changes on what I want. Currently it's the HMR as the evenings are light and it gives extra reach (without all that chairgun stuff I'm not interested in whilst stalking) Come the dark evenings it'll be the LR with the photon for closer ranges.

    You really need/want both Rod. Buy a S/H .22LR bolt action (cheap and rarely knackered) and a new HMR if unsure what you are buying.
     
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  5. RodN

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    You sussed out where I was coming from Harry. :cool:
    But I still need to decide which comes first. (Hence my question) :D
     
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  6. gasman

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    when mine hit the door mat I was straight to gun shop and got my .17 browning t-bolt, next couple of weeks later s/h 10/22 .22lr then the others followed soon after
     
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    I would be genuinely interested in your answer for each of the above.

    As a matter of interest, for night shooting I would be more likely to use my IR Nitesite than lamping.
    None of my current perms have a need for mass eradication. So it would be for the pot really. (But that could change with more perms).

    Rod
     
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    Difficult, I bought a .22lr first and a few weeks later the HMR. I certainly use the .22lr more often... Totally different but equally enjoyable to use...How's that! :)
     
  9. RodN

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    Was the addition of a .22LR soon after a matter of NEED or a matter of WANT because you could?

    Cheers
    Rod
     
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    You, sir.... are incorrigible :D

    Same question to you as my above question to Gasman, then.
     
  11. Jackroadkill

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    That's exactly what I did.

    If it's windy, definitely the .22lr.
    Stalking, the .17hmr, ambushing, the .22lr.
    If I was sat in a hide, most likely the .17.
    If lamping bunnies and only bunnies, then .22lr, but if Charlie is an option, then definitely the .17hmr.
    Eradication, the .17hmr, bagging one for the pot, the .22lr.

    It's not a very clear-cut issue; I went with a .22lr first and then almost immediately wanted an hmr. Get both and save yourself the hassle!
     
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    Thanks.

    Now you see my dilemma, then.

    So you decide before leaving home what type of shooting you are going to do?
     
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  13. harry brown

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    What is quite interesting is some members on here got FAC about the same time as me and went HMR. I went .22LR and loved it. Now I read their posts and they have developed a preference for .22LR and I tend to lean towards my HMR! It goes full circle and there really is no right or wrong other than what you fancy shooting that day!

    If you have any safety issues on your land, I'd go HMR I suppose.

    In Answer to your question. Want is the real answer!
     
  14. Jackroadkill

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    I try to; doesn't mean that it always ends up like that.
     
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    :D17 every day of the week for me,there's no thinking/decision involved.
    I don't own an LR
     
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    I've had my licence about 18 months now and went out and bought a brand new 17HMR CZ455 and 2nd hand .22LR 10/22 straight away. To begin with I just couldn't put the 10/22 down as it was so much fun being able to fire 10 rounds as quick as I could pull the trigger but alas it didn't last too long as it soon became apparent that it had it's limits both distance and accuracy wise (60-70 yards max). The round ejection jamming quite often was also a real pain.

    I sold the 10/22 and replaced it with a 2nd hand 14" barrel Anschutz 1417 22LR but in the meantime I was using the 17HMR more and more often and began to love it. Flat shooting from 50 to 130 yards with minimal hold over out to 180 yards this gun was amazing. I was regularly taking rabbits out to 150 yards with my best being a laser measured 178 yards :D. It is loud though :eek:

    Move forward 12 months and the 22LR was being used mainly at night-time with NV until the 17HMR missed 2 easy 80 yard rabbits and on checking zero found it was all over the place. I hadn't cleaned it since I'd bought it and had put over 500 rounds through it as I'd read various posts on various forums on conflicting views about cleaning or not cleaning. I took it to a mate who gave it a thorough deep clean and on checking it was back on song and ready to go but in the meantime I'd been using the little .22LR Annie a lot.

    I'd been target shooting nearly every evening at different ranges with it and had after time improved my best rabbit kill from 60 yards to 128 yards in less than 2 months :eek: after becoming familiar and comfortable with my scope mildot hold over and continual use of a laser range finder and Strelok Pro app on my mobile both of which are invaluable. Earlier this week I took a rabbit at 170 yards with it so the 17HMR is sat in the safe for now but I'm sure it'll be back in favour very soon and I'll also be trying to improve my distance with it up to the 200 yards mark although I can't spent so much time practising with it as it's so loud and the ammo is quite expensive.

    That's my take on it which I hope helps out.

    By the way it's been months since I used my FAC Rapid.
     
  17. Kyska

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    HMR or WMR for me as a general rule, buts that's purely because of our farms geography, since using contractors our fields have been opened up to allow the uber combines to work efficiently, the magnum rimfires lends themselves to topography.

    LR is a must for any FAC holder.
     
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    I find it difficult to say really, because of the varying conditions, whatever fits the variables !
    BUT, I can tell you, 100%, that WHICHEVER you take, IT'LL BE THE WRONG ONE !! :D :D
    Hands up all those who have it happen all the time !!! :)
     
  19. gasman

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    I only got my my .22lr to manly shot at the club on the 50 and 100 yard range,may be if I need to shot bunnies quietly I'd pick up the ruger America but apart from that I'd All ways go straight for the .17
    to be fair I love having both :D
     
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    Easy choice for me, because I only have one of them :)


    .22lr


    I debated long and hard regarding the HMR and came to the conclusion that the significantly higher running costs and noise penalty offered no useable advantage on most of my shoots when compared to a much quieter option. That says more about the ground I shoot over and the surroundings than anything else.


    I've used .17HMR a fair bit and I like it, but it is not as useful to me in my particular circumstances, taking limitations of the areas immediately surrounding several shoots into account. One golf course permission I have was very specific that I didn't use anything louder than a moderated .22lr - it's a rural area with a small village close enough to take noise into account.


    I'd like a .17HMR at some point, but the .22lr is my go-to gun for the majority of my rabbit shooting and, unless I change the ground I shoot over, that doesn't need to change any time soon.

    I've not used the FAC Rapid much at all since I got the .22lr - I tend to use a combination of sub 12 air rifles and the .22lr for the majority of what I do, and the .223 and .270 for other stuff.

    Good luck whatever you decide on :)
     

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