.17 HMR in an AR platform

.17 HMR in an AR platform

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    .17 HMR in an AR platform

    Seeing that .22, .223/5.56 ammo is in short supply, I searched around for an AR platform in .17 HMR. I found this:

    Alexander Arms .17 HMR | Shooting Illustrated

    I was wondering, is this even an effective round? Are there other rifles that would be a better choice?

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    I found a better choice for the .22 mag...

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    I would NOT waste my money.
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    I just came back from Wal-Mart. They are sold out of .22LR but they do have .17HMR in stock. The .17 is pricier than .22LR and from some of the different things I've read about it, it sounds like the .17HMR is more potent than the .22LR. Still, $1,100 is pricey for a small caliber rifle. If your prime concern is HD/SD, I'd opt for a tactical 12GA.

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    Re: .17 HMR in an AR platform

    The HMR is a fast, frangible round. It's the bomb for rabbits and sage rats.

    It'll do the job for coyotes, under favorable circumstances ...

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    I would never consider it for self-defense, unless it was all I had.

    It would be akin to using birdshot, IMO.

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