View Full Version : .17 HMR performance

04-14-2011, 10:00 AM
I have a Mossberg 817 HMR and I have been getting great performance so far with it. I had some cheap scope laying around that I got for $40 and even with that I get good accuracy at 200 yards. My buddy knocked the center out of a clay pigeon the other day at that range. I looked at the ballistic charts for different .17 HMR rounds and it said the bullet drop at 200 yards was 32 inches. My rifle was sighted in at 100 yards when we shot at the 200 and it did not require much adjustment. I'm talking with guys who make shots pass 300. Anyone have similar results? I'm curious how much performance I can get out of this round. I have been using the Winchester V-max but have been told the Federal Premium V-Shock is a better round...

04-17-2011, 11:18 PM
From what i have experienced, 250 is as far as i could ever shoot a 17 consistently. Sure i could bullseye at 300 but only 3-4 out of 10. Mind you i am not the best shooter

04-18-2011, 6:38 AM
i seem to recall having read somewhere that all 17 HMR ammo is made by only one or two companies...

I've had good luck with the 17 HMR accuracy wise at 100 to 150 yards.

the 17 grain bullet is simply too small to retain much energy over extended yardages.

my personal use "guide" for the 17HMR is no more than 150 yards for live game. :whistling:

04-20-2011, 2:08 PM
Thanks, and I know remmington, winchester, federal, and hornady all make .17 hmr. Yea from what I hear trying to kill anything past 200 is a bad idea.

04-20-2011, 6:03 PM
I looked at the ballistic charts for different .17 HMR rounds and it said the bullet drop at 200 yards was 32 inches.

I'd say you're more likely to see 8-9 inches drop at 200 yds with a 100yd zero.

04-23-2011, 7:52 AM
I used the program below and it shows a drop of about 8 inches at 200 yds when sighted for 100. I just ordered a Mossberg 817 and am biding my time during the 10 day period.


04-23-2011, 8:23 AM
I sight mine in at 50. Depending on the hight of your scope you'll be back on at 100 or so, about 2" low at 150, and 7+ at 200.

It's a very effective round on ground squirrels out to 150 or so.

04-23-2011, 3:04 PM
From personal experiance, a 17 will do the job on ground squirrels out passed where I can see them! I sight in at 130yds. at any distance from 75 to 150yds a center hold on a squirrel will get me a dead squirrel. at 200yds I put the crosshairs on top of its head. beyond 200 if I can hit them its got enough power but my hit ratio drops to 50% or less. 17HMR is one of thos cartriges that the charts dont tell the whole story. passed 200 my center fire rifles come into there own. DR