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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-12-2017, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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.17 or 22lr

So I can't decide which to go with a .17 or 22lr? I will primarily use this gun for less expensive target practice. Shooting the .300 mag or 30-06 "for fun" gets a bit expensive even though I reload for both of those calibers. I also would like to use the gun for small game and also eventually teaching my girls how to shoot. Although they may get their own guns when that time comes. What say you and why? Brand recommendations are also welcome. I am a lefty so if it is a bolt action, I will be looking for one in LH.
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Everyone should own a .22 LR and shoot a thousand rounds offhand before they touch a larger caliber. Just my opinion. Not 100%, I'm not a "gun guy" by any means, but I think 22 ammo is much cheaper while the 17 will get you into some varmint and predator hunting. My 22 may be my favorite gun and is deadly on squirrels and rabbits out to 50 yards. I have a 22 mag as well but it blows those little critters up pretty bad.
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Everyone should own a .22 LR and shoot a thousand rounds offhand before they touch a larger caliber. Just my opinion. Not 100%, I'm not a "gun guy" by any means, but I think 22 ammo is much cheaper while the 17 will get you into some varmint and predator hunting. My 22 may be my favorite gun and is deadly on squirrels and rabbits out to 50 yards. I have a 22 mag as well but it blows those little critters up pretty bad.
Good point on the cost of ammo. 50 .17hmr are like $13. 50 22 lr are like $3-$4.
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Vote for the 22.


I upgraded to the 22 mag and was really disappointed how badly it blew up squirrels. I've since gone back to the LR for bushytails. Might not have the yardage, but I won't loose half a squirrel when I'm off a bit. Also, ammo is less. You can burn through a box of 22mag(17hmr) fast. A brick goes a lot further.


Can't go wrong with a Savage. I've been looking at possibly buying a CZ, but how many 22's does one person need. Wait, dumb question. My 22 mag is just a plain jane Savage and it's a tack driver out to 100yrds.
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I'd go .22 for sure
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22 and shoot the heck out of it. If down the line you want a little gun that will reach out a little further get the .17.

Now that semi's are ok for small game look at the ruger 10/22 or the marlins. They are fun to shoot.
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Vote for the 22.


I upgraded to the 22 mag and was really disappointed how badly it blew up squirrels. I've since gone back to the LR for bushytails. Might not have the yardage, but I won't loose half a squirrel when I'm off a bit. Also, ammo is less. You can burn through a box of 22mag(17hmr) fast. A brick goes a lot further.


Can't go wrong with a Savage. I've been looking at possibly buying a CZ, but how many 22's does one person need. Wait, dumb question. My 22 mag is just a plain jane Savage and it's a tack driver out to 100yrds.
Thats kind of what I wanted to here. I was planning on using it for bushytails and just general practice. I have been eyeing up the savage A-22 (semi) since it has the accu-trigger and is under $300. Both are good things. Being a lefty, if I went a left handed action I usually need to order it.
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22 LR without any hesitation.

There are plenty of quality 22's out there and I would hesitate to recommend one brand over another but I will recommend quality rifles over cheaper rifles. Quality rifles will usually appreciate and hold their value. Cheaper rifles will usually depreciate.
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Allow me to break it down a little further. By small game I assume you mean squirrels, rabbits, something you're wanting to eat. In that case go with a .22LR.

I own both and both are fun to shoot. No recoil, great for beginners.

17 HMR is a great round for groundhogs, varmints, and longer range shooting(out to 300 yards). It's more expensive to shoot than the .22, but also inexpensive compared to most centerfire rifle calibers. It's too much gun for squirrels, rabbits, etc... if you have any intention of eating them.

.22's of course are great. Everyone should own one IMO. Ammo is the cheapest around. Greater selection of guns available. Will not overly damage small game animals. The only downside is that your range in generally limited to 50-75yards.
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Allow me to break it down a little further. By small game I assume you mean squirrels, rabbits, something you're wanting to eat. In that case go with a .22LR.

I own both and both are fun to shoot. No recoil, great for beginners.

17 HMR is a great round for groundhogs, varmints, and longer range shooting(out to 300 yards). It's more expensive to shoot than the .22, but also inexpensive compared to most centerfire rifle calibers. It's too much gun for squirrels, rabbits, etc... if you have any intention of eating them.

.22's of course are great. Everyone should own one IMO. Ammo is the cheapest around. Greater selection of guns available. Will not overly damage small game animals. The only downside is that your range in generally limited to 50-75yards.
Thanks. I have every intention of eating any small game I choose to shoot. So sounds like the 22lr it is. It's amazing the number of rifles available.
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