Re: .17 HMR FMJ Hunting Results
I find the standard Hornady .17 HMR 17 grain V-max load very good on squirrels from close range to 100 yards from my single shot Savage Stevens Favorite Model 30R17. I average ca. 1.25" at 100 yards with the factory iron sights and always fire from a supported position aiming for the head. Suddenly, the squirrel falls, missing on average 50% of its head. Worries about windage- when the wind is blowing? I find much less drift past, say 35 yards, than with a .22 LR. I love the latter on quiet days, but when the wind blows and the call comes to thin-out the squirrel population, I reach for my .17 HMR Favorite. The .17 HMR FMJ might be good for dealing with rat-hole snipers under the Geneva Convention (no muzzle flash or audible report in a firefight), but ought to be OK on squirrels with good head-shots.