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Looking at purchasing a new rim fire in the next day or 2 and wanted some opinions......22lr vs .17hmr Lots of mixed opinions in other forums. Gun will be for target/hogs/yotes. Has to be rimfire so no centerfire recomendations.
 

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Id get a 22mag and be done with the debate! 22 mag is a great gun better caliber than the 17 and 22lr IMO 17 just dont have enough knock down from what Ive seen.
 

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22 Mag would also be my recommendation. I don't own one, but I would love to have one for ground hogs and whatnot. I have a Marlin 22lr and I love it. I don't know anyone with a bolt action Marlin rimfire that doesn't love it.
 

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Yea you're gonna need something bigger than that.A .17 won't even hardly kill a buzzard.Get you a .223 or a .204
Ok.. so neither will be all that (ANY) good for yotes and hogs!!! I'd chose the 22 over the 17 (i think the 17 is mostly hype) due to cost and you need to be close anyway if you're trying to kill something bigger than a groundhog...... I'd chose the 22 mag over the 22.. If I was seriously considering shooting it much at hogs and yotes!! With the 22 you can practice more which is a mush if you're really considering using it... I'm just not understanding why you are set on a rimfire if you're shooting an animal that REALLY deserves the consideration of a larger caliber!! I'm not saying it can't be done with a 22 or a 17... But there is NO margin for error and even then you're not going to kill everything you shoot!!! And I think you will end up wounding and dissatisfied with anything less than a .223 for the yotes and hogs!!

I'd do the .223 personally but between the choices you mentiond go with the 22 or a 22mag!! A man really needs only 3 rifles in my opinion.. .22, .223, 30-06 (or similar)!! With those 3 you can kill whatever you need to.. But that's just my $.02!!



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Of the three choices you mentioned I would definately choose the 22 WMR. I have a 17 HMR and a 22 WMR and despite all the hype the 17 really only shines on the small stuff.
 

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Looking at purchasing a new rim fire in the next day or 2 and wanted some opinions......22lr vs .17hmr Lots of mixed opinions in other forums. Gun will be for target/hogs/yotes. Has to be rimfire so no centerfire recomendations.
I have a Kimber .22 Hornet for those jobs but also like a good .22 rimfire. Not a big fan of the .22 magnum--
 

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22 hornet bullets are too dang expensive though. I would put the 22mag against the 22lr any day of the week. You just cant beat a good 22mag bolt action tube feed! although the bullets are not too cheap they are cheaper than the 22hornet.
 

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22 mag for sure. I have a 22 lr and a mag and never shoot the 22 lr anymore. It is fun shootin squirrels in the head at 80 yards. As far as needing a rimfire I understand that. Here in Michigan we are only allowed a rimfire or shotgun with birdshot after dark for yotes and fox. 22 mag will be good out to about 100 yards for yotes and fox.
 

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I'm going to be the odd man out here but i'd choose a .17 any day,that would be the gun i'd choose if i could only have one for the rest of my huntin days.I've been shooting a 17 marlin bolt action with bull barrel for quite a while shooting the hornady red tip ammo.At 2550 fps. it beats a .22 mag for speed and that little plastic tip makes up for bullet weight by packing a punch when it hits.I wouldn't target shoot with it as ammo is alot pricier then .22 long ammo.As for shooting coyotes,it'll kill them dead quite a ways out,my furthest being 80yards.. Up here with no bowfishing in the winter we coyote hunt,have never had one get up and walk away from the .17 yet.Shots in head,neck,or heart/lungs will do them in.I've never hunted a hog so don't know if it would work on them but i do know it works on bigger critters then coyotes if your head shooting.It ain't how big a gun your shootin,its how a good a shot you are that counts and where you shoot that makes the difference.
 

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22 mag for sure. I have a 22 lr and a mag and never shoot the 22 lr anymore. It is fun shootin squirrels in the head at 80 yards. As far as needing a rimfire I understand that. Here in Michigan we are only allowed a rimfire or shotgun with birdshot after dark for yotes and fox. 22 mag will be good out to about 100 yards for yotes and fox.
Ah,didnt know that!!!22 mag,or .17,I have killed a ton of yotes with both.You better be close and hit em just right for hogs!!!!!
 

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If you really want to go rimfire i personaly would go with a .22 mag (just my oppinion).....but if you are open for centerfire options I would go with a .223 or even a .17 remington fireball. If you have never heard of a .17 fireball its a .17 buttet on a .221 case I think and shoots between 3800 and 4000 fps!!! I watched someone shoot a rabbit with one of these at about 150 yrds and no lie there was so much velocity that the left eyeball popped out of its socket. its a WICKED gun! Google it and get some info. It would still be tough to kill a hog with one, would have to be an eye shot.
 

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Get a 22MAG my girl “Maggie” is a feaking killer! Squirrels-hogs…it don’t matter…chit i have killed elk with her.
She killed this hog…the first shot was behind the ear…didnt hit brain…he took off running and I freaking started working bullets into his lungs he ran about 100 yards but I got 3 good shots slipped into his breather room. Total of 5 shots to kill him…but I have killed several hogs with Miss Maggie

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It all depends on what your local laws are rimfire vs centerfire and what you want. I hunt yotes with a 223 Ackley imp, but for years I used my 243 win. A lot of my friends in Idaho sell the pelts and a 223 is ok for this but they prefer the absolutely flat shooting 17 rem, 17 fireball, and the 20 cal guns. 204 ruger, 20 practical, 20 tac. My dad has hunted wtih a 22 WM for yeeeears and drops most everything plus it has lots of bullet choices. I figgure hogs though you are going to want a little more solid bullet and the tiny centerfires dont have those options till you get in the 223s.
 

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If you can't have a real gun, then the 22 Mag is your best bet (just keep the shots in their head)
 

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Id love to get a center fire specifically for this but the reason for the rimfire is you can only shoot hogs "legally" with a rimfire from jan-march. During sept-dec my 7mag works fine. all guns mentioned will kill a hog, its all about shot placement. I was just curious as to opinions and what everyone else is shooting. Ive read numerous threads the past week or 2 and it seems as if there is no clear cut winner, but here in bfc seems like the 22mag is the weapon of choice!
 
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