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Old 06-06-2018, 08:41 PM   #1
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Not sure what to get though mainly going to use it at night for foxes coons etc. I like the 17wsm but have been hearing mixed reviews about it in the savage bmag, any help and deciding factors between the hmr and wsm are appreciated
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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I got this savage 17hmr and really like it.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:50 PM   #3
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I got this savage 17hmr and really like it.
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I've been eyeing that one how do you like the bolt and safety?
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:52 PM   #4
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I personally don't see the point of the WSM. The HMR kills coons and foxes just fine as it is and if I really ever need a faster version will jump up into the .17 hornet. Are you dead set on a rimfire? If I was looking to only shoot larger varmints you may want to look at jumping up into the .17 hornet or .22 hornet for the extra velocity.

Lots of good options for the .17 HMR as it is being made by everyone currently, not so much on the WSM. Not sure what budget is but several of the higher end .17 HMR shoot lights out. I would avoid the BMag, pretty poorly put together rifles and I personally didn't like the one I had.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:58 PM   #5
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I personally don't see the point of the WSM. The HMR kills coons and foxes just fine as it is and if I really ever need a faster version will jump up into the .17 hornet. Are you dead set on a rimfire? If I was looking to only shoot larger varmints you may want to look at jumping up into the .17 hornet or .22 hornet for the extra velocity.

Lots of good options for the .17 HMR as it is being made by everyone currently, not so much on the WSM. Not sure what budget is but several of the higher end .17 HMR shoot lights out. I would avoid the BMag, pretty poorly put together rifles and I personally didn't like the one I had.
I'd like to stay about 500 or less. I haven't really heard anything good about the bmag, I'm not dead set on a rim fire just want an accurate gun that won't break the bank and is deadly on coons and fox, also something fun for the kiddos to shoot
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:03 PM   #6
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For what you just described the HMR would be perfect. Iíve killed coyotes at 100yds + and coons hate it. I love mine. I tried to buy a Savage A17 on here and it sold before I could get it. Mine is a bolt action but I would go semi auto for my next one.


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Old 06-06-2018, 09:03 PM   #7
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I've killed a lot of stuff with a .17HMR and .17WSM both. The WSM has a noticeable amount of power over the HMR. My buddies heavy barreled B-Mag is very accurate. I personally haven't seen one that wasn't but I've read a lot of negative reviews on them. I'd go with the WSM for an all around varmint rifle. I think it's a better choice if you plan on killing larger animals especially.

If not that then I'd go with a .22mag. I've had too many big boar coons run off after a solid hit with a .17HMR. I like mine for prairie dogs and stuff.

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Old 06-06-2018, 09:17 PM   #8
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:18 PM   #9
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I've been eyeing that one how do you like the bolt and safety?


No comment really. Donít love it or hate it. Does the job.


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Old 06-06-2018, 09:26 PM   #10
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I have a CZ 452 .17 HMR and it shoots lights out. I've been using it for a truck gun for about 6 months now and have killed a buttload of pigs and coyotes with it. Me likey.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:26 PM   #11
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I would consider a centerfire over any rimfire .17cal

The 17 hornet is likely the easiest to get a gun / ammo for, but the 17 Mach IV / 17 Fireball is the best all around & well balanced round for the 17 bore IMO. Unfortunately, the round just didn't take off for the public & better suited for reloading.

The 17 K-hornet is a spiffy round for the reloader too.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:30 PM   #12
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17 hornet and you’ll never look back.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:38 PM   #13
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I have the Savage .17 HMR and love it. It's a very accurate and surprisingly deadly gun. I've dropped hogs in their tracks with it.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:40 PM   #14
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I have an Encore in .17WSM that shoots very well.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:42 PM   #15
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22 mag is more powerful than 17 hmr, 17 wsm out does the 22 mag. Look at reviews on chuckhawks.com. Then decide. I have had all 3 and a friend has the A17. Mine is savage B mag. I would take the 17 wsm all day, wish I had saved the target with less than 1” groups at 200. Only mistake I made with it is not realizing how fast it is and wasted 4 rounds on adjustments from 100 to 200 which is almost none. Go wsm, you won’t regret it, blast to shoot.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:14 PM   #16
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22 mag is more powerful than 17 hmr, 17 wsm out does the 22 mag. Look at reviews on chuckhawks.com. Then decide. I have had all 3 and a friend has the A17. Mine is savage B mag. I would take the 17 wsm all day, wish I had saved the target with less than 1Ē groups at 200. Only mistake I made with it is not realizing how fast it is and wasted 4 rounds on adjustments from 100 to 200 which is almost none. Go wsm, you wonít regret it, blast to shoot.


One thing I would look at it when comparing calibers is ammo cost. If it is going to be a fun you shoot frequently, you may want to get a caliber that has cheaper ammo. Thatís one of the reasons I went with the 17hmr over a center fire. I was looking at a 204 or 22-250 but wanted something I could shoot regularly without breaking the bank.


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Old 06-06-2018, 11:22 PM   #17
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:43 PM   #18
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:43 AM   #19
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I've got a bmag. Shoots "fair" but poor built gun. Hard to cycle and won't grab/eject the spent brass 1/2 the time.

Devastating on critters though. Dropped a 200# hog at 80 yds and a yote at 185 yds.

Wish there were more options out there in this caliber.

The round is awesome. And $15 per 50.
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Old 06-07-2018, 05:53 AM   #20
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I've got a ruger HMR thats a tack driver. Easily hit a quarter at 100 yards. Bolt action, I really like it
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:29 AM   #21
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I have a CZ527 Varmint in 17 Hornet. It is a sweet round and perfect for fox as to not blow out a hole. Haven’t killed a yote yet but wouldn’t hesitate with it.
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:57 AM   #22
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I have had the savage 93R for a few years now it is my favorite gun to shoot. After a work on it mine shoots 1 ragged hole at 75 yds. I put a Rifle basix trigger and bottom metal and put the gun in a boyds stock pillar bedded it. Killed a bunch of pigs with it.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:00 AM   #23
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The .17 HMR is my buddies go to gun for pretty much anything but deer. I've seen him make 100 + pound hogs sit down in their tracks... bad little round.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:03 AM   #24
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Liked my 17 but wind direction was a HUGE factor.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:36 AM   #25
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I've got a cz 452 american that is stupid accurate. I'll sell it to you for 420. BSA sweet 17 included
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:49 AM   #26
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HMR gets my vote. Deadly to a ranged 238 yards on large birds. Surprised what it did on pigs.

I've had mine since they came out. Single shot new England with a tasco world class. Hard to beat a better shooting rifle for under 300 bucks including scope and rings
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:02 AM   #27
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The HMR is probably my favorite of all my rifles. Crazy accurate with commercial ammo, although not the most surprising cause it is a rimfire. I couldn't tell you how many varmints, coyotes, and other small, and not so small critters I have taken with it. Ive shot pigs up to 150lbs with it and they were dead in there tracks. Only issue I've ever had with it is on coons. I got cocky and decided to shoot one behind the shoulder and it ran off and never found it, then another I shot in the head between the eyes and it skipped off his skull and just took some hair with it. learned my lesson and will only take broadside head shots with it. I also know a few people that might have killed deer with them but I don't know, even though it would be definitely capable.

I absolutely love my Savage 93r17
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:26 AM   #28
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I have a Marlin 17HMR

It's a blast to shoot. I did a reduced power trigger spring, and it's even better. I've shot a pile of coons, a few coyotes and even a few small pigs with it.

Topped with a 4-14x scope, it's great for target and hunting.


Someday, I'd like a 17 centerfire.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:01 AM   #29
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My Bmag shoots okay. I just wish they offered more ammo choices like a FMJ. Mine his killed many critters. I use mine on public land where rimfires are required, otherwise I would probably have went with a centerfire 17.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:07 AM   #30
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I shoot the 17 Remington and love that little caliber but I also reload so I don't know what factory rounds are available for it. Have two rifles in that caliber, an older Remington 700 BDL and a CZ 527 Varmint. It is a great little caliber if you have not looked at it.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:21 AM   #31
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Love my CZ 17HRM!
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:52 PM   #32
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I'm a fan of the Savage BMAG in .17WSM. I have the bull barrel. the stock is a little flimsy, but for a $300 gun I can't complain. Wanted the Ruger 77 .17WSM but didn't want to spend 600+.
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I have a Marlin 17HMR

It's a blast to shoot. I did a reduced power trigger spring, and it's even better. I've shot a pile of coons, a few coyotes and even a few small pigs with it.

Topped with a 4-14x scope, it's great for target and hunting.


Someday, I'd like a 17 centerfire.
Henry 17 HMR and Marlin 17 WSM. Both shoot great. HMR ammo easier to find and cheaper though.

Buy one. You will like it!!
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I have a 17 HMR in a Marlin and an A17 and a semi-auto Volquartsen 17 WSM. I like all 3, but is I had to pick one.....probably the A17 because of the price and still semi-auto which has come in handy several times, plus you can get a 25 round clip for the A17.

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Old 06-08-2018, 04:26 PM   #35
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Hereís my hmr, It has a Spiral fluted bull barrel. I love the gun, I just put a cheapo Simmons scope on it and it works just fine. Biggest thing I have killed with it is coons


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Old 06-09-2018, 05:55 PM   #37
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i know you did not list it but i have a super clean marlin 883 bolt action tube fed 22 mag i am looking to sell,,,, i can send pics if your interested, just send me a phone #... probably going to list it on here in the next couple of days,,,

i have had a 17 hmr,,, i found i preferred the 22 mag always,,, it has been shot very little,, probably under 50 rounds,,,,,, i have a bill i need to pay,, it is the only thing i know i can replace easily if sometime in the future i decide i need too
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Iíve been using a Ruger 77/17 Hornet for a few years and itís a great little rifle. Itís a little more than $500 new but you can probably find one used in your price range. I put a Volquartsen trigger upgrade in it and it shoots .75moa to 200yds with 20gr factory ammo. With a suppressor on it, itís really quiet. I like it much better than the HMR I shot for years.

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I have a CZ527 Varmint in 17 Hornet. It is a sweet round and perfect for fox as to not blow out a hole. Havenít killed a yote yet but wouldnít hesitate with it.

I havenít had great luck with coyotes unless head shot. Iíve had several run off with (15.5gr & 20gr Hornady v-max) body shots. Iím sure they died but I prefer recovering them. Especially when Iím getting paid for them. Itís my hands-down favorite cat gun. What loads are you using for fox?



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Old 06-09-2018, 11:50 PM   #39
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These HMRís are over your budget but fine weapons none the less. An Anschutz and Cooper both topped with Zeiss 6.5x20ís. They are shooters and lookers.🤓




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Old 06-10-2018, 01:09 PM   #40
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:51 PM   #41
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If you go with the Bmag, get the laminated stock version. The plastic stock is poo. Love my WSM


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Old 06-13-2018, 10:49 PM   #42
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Thanks everyone I bought the bmag 17wsm I may upgrade the stock, but so far it's a lights out shooter going hunting Saturday for coons and fox well see how it goes
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