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Scope for A New 77/17

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I bought a new Ruger 77/17-RM yesterday & it will be my first .17 HMR. I will be using it as a "walk around" gun for ground squirrels and rabbits. I have a Leupold VX-I, 4-12x40 without a home, so I was hoping to put it on the new Ruger, but I need to make sure that it's a good match first. Here's some things I'm considering: What is the (practical) max range of this round?From what I've read, hits can be made pretty far out, but the rounds won't expand well much past 200 yards. Is this true? I'm planning on using the Hornady V-Max rounds, assuming they give me decent groupings. Do most people find that 4x is too much magnification in terms of fast target aquisition? I'm originally from the midwest, where we hunt prairie dogs from shooting tables. They are FAR away and target aquisition isn't an issue, so I'm rather inexperienced in this area.How big of a critter can I plug with this thing? My other "walk around" gun is a .22 WMR, so that could be used as a comparison. Would something the size of raccoon or a fox be out of the question? I realize that the explosive effects will not be the same on a critter that size, but will it kill it fairly quickly, assuming the shot placement is decent?Thanks for the help. I just don't trust the writers in the gun magazines, as they have been less than reliable in the past! I know many of you use this round, so hopefully you'l be able to give me some practical knowledge that is applicable to hunting in CA.

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I have a 4x12 on my 17HMR and it works great. I like the 12x for ground squirrels out to 200 yards and I wouldn't have any problem taking any small game with it. I might even go up to Coyote size if it was less than 100 yards.

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Good! I can use what I have & I don't have to shell out any more cash. Coyote sized game, huh? It's nice to know that it would work in a pinch. Now I just need to find something to do for 10 days.........

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Dan, that 4X12 will work just fine on the HMR. If it has fine crosshairs, so much the better. I have a 12X Leupold on mine, but if I ever change it I will go with a variable power. Something like 6X18. I would not hesitate to use it on raccoon and fox sized animals but prefer something bigger for coyotes. They are tough animals. Keep in mind that if you are sighted in at 100 yards your 17 gr. bullet will drop something like 8 inches at 200. The energy of the bullet will drop porportionatly.You will like this round for what it is intended for. Good luck and let us know.

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I also have a 4-12x40 magnification scope on my 17HMR, although I wish I had more power for target shooting. It's about perfect for the type of hunting your describe.

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Thanks for the great information fellas. Sounds like I'll use the glass that I already have. I'll have to revive this thread with images once I get the gun and break in the barrell!

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Here's my 17 (Savage 93) next to my CZ452 (22lr), I'm a lefty.DSC00351.jpg

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