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Old 12-27-2011, 6:46 PM
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Default My case for the 17Mach2

The 17m2 was introduced by Hornady in 2004. I bought my 1st 17m2 in 2006, a Marlin 917. I later bought a Thompson G2 Contender rifle, which is my favorite. I was so happy with the 17m2, that I parked all my other 22lr rimfires. After some trigger work on both my rifles, and some decent glass, I found the little cartridge far more accurate than the 22’s it replaced.

The biggest bonus from the 17m2 is the trajectory. With a 100yd zero; at 20yds, it hits -.39”, at 70yds it hits +.72” and at 115yds it hits -.82”. This means that when I’m out hunting small game or plinking at the range, I can hit everything in my crosshairs from about 20yds to 115yds without holdover or concerns about bullet drop. A typical 22lr can’t come close to this.

The 17m2 does have some downsides. It costs a few more dollars (about $6.50 to $7.00/box) than good quality 22lr, but far cheaper than the 17HMR. With poor shot placement it is more destructive to small edible game than the 22lr.

The 17HMR offers more velocity and longer ranges. I reload, so I can almost run my 223 with much better performance than the 17HMR.

The last thing I’d like to say is that 17m2 has a huge fun factor.

Your mileage and perspective may vary, but I’d be curious to your thoughts.



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Old 12-27-2011, 9:23 PM
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I'm with you 100%!

I just got done testing out the new lead-free 17HM2 from Hornady and it's very accurate. It's a blast to shoot and knocks the snot out of the ground squirrels!

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Old 12-27-2011, 9:33 PM
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100% agree!!

I have a Savage MarkII that sure likes the Eley rounds far superior to the .22LR, of course at a cost ammo. Fun to shoot and honestly, 0 to 200 it really isn;t fair. Those squirrels don't have a chance!! The HM2 is like a friggin' laser.
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The 17HMR offers more velocity and longer ranges. I reload, so I can almost run my 223 with much better performance than the 17HMR.
This statement makes absolutly no sence. The 17HMR can't even come close to the performance of the .223

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This statement makes absolutly no sence. The 17HMR can't even come close to the performance of the .223

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I'm guessing the OP means price wise. OP can reload .223 for about the same cost as factory .17 HMR.
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I found out about .17 Mach 2 not too long ago on the M&P 15-22 forum. I'm really interested! I'm most likely getting the Savage bolt action that someone mentioned already.
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Old 12-28-2011, 6:51 AM
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This statement makes absolutly no sence. The 17HMR can't even come close to the performance of the .223
I was refering to the fact that the 17HMR offered more velocity/range than the 17m2, but due to cost of the 17HMR, I'd just break out my 223 which offers far more than the 17HMR.
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I'm with you 100%!

I just got done testing out the new lead-free 17HM2 from Hornady and it's very accurate. It's a blast to shoot and knocks the snot out of the ground squirrels!

Eric
I have heard rumors of the lead free 17M2, but still havent seen any myself. Where did you find some to test? Ive used the NTX in HMR but have still not seen any in M2. I still think that lead free 17M2 will be the premium squirrel killer here in the lead free zone. its 2/3s the performance at 1/3 the price of simular 17HMR. DR
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:16 PM
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I got some from Midsouth and Graf & Sons.

It does very well in my CZ 452.

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Cool! Ill have to order some up. DR
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