View Full Version : 17 hornet or 223?

01-04-2014, 08:52 PM
Jus like the title say,which one and why?

01-05-2014, 07:29 AM
.223 cause it's widely available, battlefield & coyote approved, & easy to reload for.
I still want a .17hornet, as I think it would be a nice bullet for fox.

01-05-2014, 08:01 AM
Ditto - .223, for the same reasons. I might want a .17 Hornet if I didn't already have a good .22WMR (and I already have a .223 as well).

01-05-2014, 08:48 AM
.223 is my fave caliber so somewhat biased here... We need more info... what do you plan on doing with the rifle.... until I receive it my answer is BOTH.... lol

01-05-2014, 08:48 AM
.17 WSM if you don't reload. Rimfire prices, centerfire performance.

Google some videos, that cartridge is insane!

01-05-2014, 08:55 AM
yep .223- more versatile for bigger game.

same reason I dumped my .204

if the .17 was a dedicated gopher iron maybe..

road kill
01-05-2014, 08:58 AM
I would have to say the 223 to start, more components and easier to load for. 17 cal is not as popular so a lot of shops don't carry ammo or bullets and brass regularily. Lots of different 223 stuff available altough it gets scarce sometimes due to hoarding, yes i do it to. ;D

01-05-2014, 09:07 AM
223 wins hands down for me. You can even buy it at Walmart.

01-05-2014, 06:50 PM
interesting comments people,keep them coming.

01-06-2014, 10:46 PM
223 4 the win!

04-19-2014, 09:12 PM
17 hornet only good for yotes out to 150 for one shot kill, after that not good enuff.
223 good out to 400+ using 77gr bullets. 300yrds using 55gr..one shot kills

M.T. Chambers
04-20-2014, 03:50 PM
I'd take the .17 hornet or the .22 hornet because it is a rimmed round and can be chambered in the single shot rifles that I prefer. For a boltgun, I would take the .222 or .221 Fireball above the .223.

04-21-2014, 05:23 PM
.223 would make the most sense to me. Widely available, proven caliber, accurate to longer ranges etc.

04-29-2014, 06:03 PM
.223 over 17 i was looking at 17 hmr but distance, drop and lack of hitting power beyond 100-150 yards was a no no for me. my .223 so far 420 yards target shooting 55gr fmj and about a foot of drop, working on reloads so it's new game all over, and just big enough caliber to drop a white tail or mule deer basing just off of body size. but i think we are the only province maybe another one or two i hear anyways that is legal to deer hunt with a 223 but not recommended.