I never shot a .17 before but I used to have a Marlin 22 mag. It had the heavy barrel, it was a tack driver out to 100 yards. I have killed groundhogs out to 150 yards. Either way they're alot of fun to shoot and the ammo is a lot cheaper than the high powered varmint guns. Good luck. :biggrin: :thumbsup:
I have a savage with the thumb hole stock. It is a nice gun, but the balance is not quite right in the gun in the offhand position. If you are using it to shoot yotes, or target from a rest, I would definitely recommend it, but offhand it is tough to hold groups. -For a long time I thought it was just me, but I had some guys at the range tell me the same thing when they gave the gun a whirl.
I really like the Savage guns, all of them, rimfire or centerfire. They have all been extemely accurate and 100% dependable. Now that they make the .22 mag in pointed bullets, thats what I would buy. Last time I looked the 17 shells were quite a bit more expensive than the 22 mag. I also think the 22 mag is a better game killer than a 17. I know I have taken some big critters with mine. A friend of mine just bought the Savage in 17 and the wind was playing havoc with it at 100 yards.
As to the cost of ammunition, from what I hear, all of the 17 loads (which all cost $18-$19) are high quality. The .22 Mag loads are a bit more like .22 long loads: you get what you pay for. I recently saw .22 mag loads for $16, so I am not sure with the rising cost of ammo that the .22 is all that much cheaper than the .17
cost of ammo varies by area I guess, I am buying Hornady and CCI 17hmr for $9.99 box of 50 and the Remingtons and Federals are about $12.99 but I do not use them anyway. The .22Mags are the same price as the 17's here. but What shocked me was the price of 22lr is now $2.49 a box of 50 and it was .79 or .99 a box or between $7.99 and $9.99 a brick. I only have about 8 bricks left and I might have to make them last....
I agree that the .17 drifts in the wind but it is so fast I have never noticed any effect of drift out to 150 yds. I also agree that the .22 mag is a better "killer" on bigger critters like coyotes and big woodchucks but on fox and smaller varmints the .17HMR works great.
I wish Ruger still made the 10/22 Mag. I had one and sold it
well guys went out today shopping and looked i picked up a savage 22mag for 280 and i like it stainless steel heavy barrle and scope on a black stock nice bolt and a accu trigger. i liked it alot. im going to shoot it the after noon and ill let you guys know what i think.
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