My friends have a Savage 17 and a Savage 22. I've heard that 17s are faster and have less grain per bullet but other than that is their much difference?
Uh, yeah! The .17HMR travels around 2500 feet per second. the .22LR is around 1000 fps, depending on the load.
the .17HMR is MUCH more accurate at longer ranges, i have target shot mine out to 275 yards, and could keep going if i wanted to. A .17HMR will also pretty much tear a squirrel in half under 75 yards.
the .22LR's are much cheaper to shoot,and you can find lots of semi auto options. currently there arent any .17HMR's.
Personally, after buying a .17HMR, i feel like a 12yr old with thier first rifle. Its just way too much fun, i wish i would have got one years ago.
.17 HMR offers much more velocity and bullet performance than .22 LR. .17 HMR will be housed in a magnum length rimfire action, .22 LR will be in a standard length.
.17 HMR is a great round for small varmints, etc. It's a fun target shooter. I do think the ammo is overpriced though, unless you have a niche role for it.
I didn't have a use for .17 HMR that .22 LR wouldn't fulfill, so I sold my Savage 93R17. Of course, I did replace it with a Savage Mark II in .22 LR. I can fire 8x as much .22 ammo for the same price.
i will lean towards the 22 lr. just simple ammo cost like one poster says he can shoot 10 times for the same price of the 17 hmr your answer is stick with the 22 ok
How about the cost of .22LR cartridges versus the cost of the various .17 caliber cartridges?
$100 can purchase at least 1,500 .22LR cartridges.
The same $100 won't purchase nearly as many .17 caliber rimfire cartridges.
The .22LR is much more practical in my opinion.
And the .17 trajectories disperse quite a bit in windy conditions and/or at distances beyond 150 yards.
If you need to shoot at targets beyond 100 to 150 yards, then start using the .223 Remington.