View Full Version : .17 hmr shooters... See a difference in 17gr and 20gr?
05-06-2011, 4:41 PM
I have a 93r17 and looking to start using it on some small critters. I notice even small changes in winds, but was wondering if/how much would a 20 grain bullet help? No one local has them so Ill have to order some up, but figured I would just ask around here to see what kind of real world results I should expect. Any insight would help, thanks.
My 917V shoots the 17gr more accurately than the 20gr. Polymer tip is better than FMJ or HP. More DRT vs in the hole.
05-06-2011, 6:20 PM
at 100 yards the poi is lower with the 20gr by 1.5" but they shoot ok for me
05-06-2011, 6:29 PM
I also prefer the 17gr v-max.
The 20gr HPs don't feed well in my Savage.
05-07-2011, 6:02 AM
How's the wind effect the 20gr in comparison to the 17gr? Noticable difference or is not worth the sacrifice in drop?
05-07-2011, 7:33 AM
My 93R17 is a bit more accurate with 20gr bullets. I haven't shot anything besides paper, so I wouldn't know the comparison on critter targets.
05-07-2011, 7:36 AM
What kind of ranges are you shooting out to, and what barrel do you have?
05-07-2011, 3:36 PM
the 20gr are a little better than the 17 as for wind but not that much
i shoot out to 150 yards and have a bull barrel
05-07-2011, 4:21 PM
my max shot with the 17 hmr using CCI hp 17gr was about 120 yards, dead squirrel, i find the CCI 17gr HP most consistent with my marlin 17vs, My marlin had the older very simple trigger, a few minutes with 1500 grit and a polishing wheel made my trigger awesome.
my personal preference is with the 20 grain but i could not get them to shoot more accurate than the 17 grain at 100 yds...i have a ruger 77/22 with a voltquartsen .17HMR barrel installed.
05-08-2011, 9:16 PM
very little differance on paper or on game. at 100yds the 20s grouped 1/4" lower. Im shooting them from Marlin 25m with a Green Mountain bull barrel.my longest shots were just over 200yds. hits at that distance are about 50%. my personal experiance is that the lighter bullits buck the wind better because of the shorter flight time. But where I shoot wind is usally not a problem. the opnly reason I wont be shooting any 20s is because I cant get them locally. DR
05-09-2011, 8:59 PM
My CZ likes the 20gr Hornady hollow points. Going to try the federal v shock 17gr ballistic tips Thursday. CCI 17gr so far had the biggest group.
05-09-2011, 9:06 PM
what do you guys think is the limit for the hmr on game animals
05-12-2011, 1:55 PM
I have a Savage 93r17 BTVS and in my experience it loves 20gr. On paper I can consistently get tighter groups at 100 compared to the 17gr. Personally I attribute this any breeze in the air having a lesser effect on the 20gr. The problem is that it is hard to fine 20gr locally.
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