which is better .17 hmr or .17 mach 2

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by pdbsa, Apr 13, 2007.

which is better .17 hmr or .17 mach 2

  1. .17 hmr

  2. .17 mach 2

  1. CJ_56

    CJ_56 New Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    SE Ohio
    Wow you narrowed me down to being one of about 4 million users. Great work. Or have you never heard of a proxy network? So, not so "scary".

    BTW I certainly wouldn't say a .17HMR is more effective than a .17HM2. It's not as popular but that has more to do with marketing than anything IMO. I would buy an HM2 if I didn't think it would be obsolete because of ammo supplies in a few years. From everything I've read in comparison tests it is the better round.
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
  2. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    Me too. I had a .17 and the wind played hell with it. For the price of ammo....22 magnum all day long.

  3. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    The mach 2 is made from a necked down .22lr case. Don't think we will run out of .22lr cases in the future. It also uses the same bullets as the .17 Remington centerfire, the .17HMR, and the NEW .17 Hornet. Unless all 3 of those cartridges die I think we will have the bullets for the mach 2 also. CZ just released a new Quad like the Sake Quad which of course includes the mach 2. Don't see the cartridge going anywhere, especially since for the $$$ it performs better than the HMR. For the $$$ you can reload a .22 Hornet or a Ruger .204 and it TOTALLY outperforms the HMR!
  4. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    The problem is the 17HM2 is a rimfire and not reloadable at home. While it may use 22 LR cases, that is of no use for a home reloader. So that means the only source of ammo is factory manufactured ammo. If the demand decreases for 17HM2 then manufacturers of ammo may be reluctant to set up ammo lines to make it. They only have so much loading equipment and setting it up for an unpopular cartridge, when it could be used to make ammo for a more popular cartridge, may not make economic sense.

    So it makes little difference if the cases are shared with 22LR ammo and the bullets are available because they have uses in other cartridges. If the demand dwindles enough then you may not be able to get ammo. If you just have to have a 17HM2 then buy lots of ammo while it is available because it may not be in the future. The shine has worn off 17HM2 and only time will tell if it lasts as an available ammo.

    Last edited: Jul 4, 2012
  5. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    LDBennett, you always have good info. Thanks.
  6. srt 10 jimbo

    srt 10 jimbo New Member

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Lauderdale
    17 HMR

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  7. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Anyone want some 5mm Remington shells? They are making a bunch of them again. It was supposedly "dead".
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