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.17HMR ammunition

So I have been craving a new target rifle. I went out searching up at Cabelas and I found a very nice used Savage .17HMR for about 180$ and contemplated for awhile... but after looking at ammo it changed my mind. 18.99$ for about 50 shells compared too 550 round box of .22LR for 20$. I understand .17hmr is different in size and grain and such but how could it be that more expensive?
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Supply, demand, and a factor of time(existance)
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.17hm2 is even more expensive here.
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More expensive to manufacture (necked cartridge) smaller demand...

The really crazy part is that the benchrest competition shooters will buy a bunch of boxes of those and then sort them by weight and choose the weights that they shoot best. So the cost goes up even more.
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So I have been craving a new target rifle. I went out searching up at Cabelas and I found a very nice used Savage .17HMR for about 180$ and contemplated for awhile... but after looking at ammo it changed my mind. 18.99$ for about 50 shells compared too 550 round box of .22LR for 20$. I understand .17hmr is different in size and grain and such but how could it be that more expensive?

demand - literally millions, if not billions, of .22LR weapons out there, and billions of shells for them. Everyone makes .22, everyone sells it, and in massive massive quantities. Supply and demand. To plink, 22 is the weapon of choice.
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Never compare the price of any other caliber to .22LR, it will only make you depressed. .17HMR is actually very cheap when you compare it to other varmint loads. Take a look at the price of the .220 Swift, .22 Hornet, or .22-250 when you get a chance.

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Marlin 917VT with Tasco 6-24x42mm, $380 for everything.
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Nice rifle.
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Nice rifle.
Thanks, I really enjoy that rifle. Out 200 yards and beyond the bipod isn't quite stable enough, but still doable. From 80-120 yards that thing is completely insane.
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i get the 50 rd pack of hornidy for 9.99 on sale at fleet farm... wal mart has it for like 12.99 all the time,... where are you shopping?
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Never compare the price of any other caliber to .22LR, it will only make you depressed. .17HMR is actually very cheap when you compare it to other varmint loads. Take a look at the price of the .220 Swift, .22 Hornet, or .22-250 when you get a chance.

Here is my 17HMR:



Marlin 917VT with Tasco 6-24x42mm, $380 for everything.


I reload .220swift for less than .17hmr. The first time you shoot its more expensive but for about $100 in reloading equipment and 15 mins time you can beat the price. I get a 4 or 5 reloads at full speed 52grain HPBT out of the brass and 8+ reloads out of it with light loads.
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I reload .220swift for less than .17hmr. The first time you shoot its more expensive but for about $100 in reloading equipment and 15 mins time you can beat the price. I get a 4 or 5 reloads at full speed 52grain HPBT out of the brass and 8+ reloads out of it with light loads.
Well for plinking that's great but for serious varmint duty you want a good match loading. Factory new ammunition, in general, is more accurate than home reloads. Think about how perfect things have to be in the cartridge to get a consistent grouping past 250+ yards.
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Well for plinking that's great but for serious varmint duty you want a good match loading. Factory new ammunition, in general, is more accurate than home reloads. Think about how perfect things have to be in the cartridge to get a consistent grouping past 250+ yards.

wat?


Pass it to the left, dude.
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Factory new ammunition, in general, is more accurate than home reloads.

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Factory new ammunition, in general, is more accurate than home reloads. Think about how perfect things have to be in the cartridge to get a consistent grouping past 250+ yards.


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Once fired brass commonly has have minor imperfections like bulges and hairline fractures. If you don't think that will effect accuracy once fired again you are delusional.
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