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Camp Cook
04-11-2012, 09:16 PM
What is your favorite rimfire cartridge for grouse hunting?

For over 40 years the 22LR has been mine then 2 1/2 years ago when I was on a hunting trip with my then 3 1/2 year old son I tried out my Marlin bolt rifle in 17HMR.

I shot grouse in the head from 10 yards to 75 yards I have never seen anything like it.

I still use a 22LR but the 17HMR is always with me on hunting trips now.

normmus
04-11-2012, 09:21 PM
My favourite is the 22 short in my browning BL-22. Since those are tough to find now I have been using 22lr.

17MR would be a hoot too!

FlyingHigh
04-11-2012, 09:24 PM
moved to hunting since this isn't optics related.

i favour the .22LR. works good for me.

BuckingFastard
04-11-2012, 11:53 PM
Another for .22LR, only because it's cheaper then 17hmr, and in the end gets the job done.

mlehto
04-12-2012, 12:03 AM
As long as headshots are the name of the game the .22 lr does just fine.

That said the Ruff Grouse around my hunting grounds are tough buggers! I chased one into the deep woods, and could barely get a shot of, and finally just shot the damn thing in the chest. All I saw was feathers, then heard the damn thing take off, only to fall in the even thicker woods 20m away! So I hunted for the thing for a half hour and when I finally found it it had a hole blown out it's back the size of a tennis ball. How it flew like that I have no idea.

That was with Winchester high velocity HP's so I was a little surprised.

I take my time for the head shots now, as much as is possible..........

JustBen
04-12-2012, 08:36 AM
I find that my .17HMRs are far more accurate than my .22LRs. I prefer to take the single long shot and get them in the head if I can. Where I hunt, the extra range and velocity make it easier.

superbrad
04-12-2012, 11:55 AM
I go with .22lr also.... mostly because nobody makes a combination gun that has a .17hmr on the top of it....lol

mlehto
04-12-2012, 11:57 AM
You just need to get a better gun!

My Savages and even my Marlin with the right ammo put up dime sized groups at 50m! :p

Looky
04-12-2012, 11:55 PM
I go with .22lr also.... mostly because nobody makes a combination gun that has a .17hmr on the top of it....lol

You may not know it, but you could be on to something here.
Toss this over to Savage.
Be a great gopher getter.
22 rim for the near ones and the .17 for those a bit furder out..........

JustBen
04-13-2012, 03:30 PM
I go with .22lr also.... mostly because nobody makes a combination gun that has a .17hmr on the top of it....lol

.17HMR / 16 or 20 ga would be an ideal combo!

deadeye
07-07-2012, 08:44 AM
I have a 22 smoothbore (Routledge bore) pump shotgun that I'm dyin to try on grouse. #12 pellets at 1200fps and it patterns really well out to 15yds.

Aedomon
07-08-2012, 01:14 AM
Been a .22LR man for years, mainly due to the cost of ammo for the .17HMR. I try to fill my freezer at as little cost as possible, so for hunting its hands down the .22LR...as for plinking, I can't afford to burn through the extra few thousand rounds during the pre-gaming at the range with .17HMR.

As for accuracy, if my Norinco JW15 can consistently take down spent 12G shells at 75 yards then I'm not too worried for blasting rabbits and grouse at 40-50 yards.

jrcbecher
07-08-2012, 10:02 PM
I used to hand load 22 Hornet 45 grain bullets to about 1000 ft per sec for grouse deadly quiet and cheap to reload.I hand two clips one full power and one for birds and the light loads were painted with a light color for early morning hunts.

lone-wolf
07-08-2012, 10:26 PM
Not allowed using anything other than a shotgun around here.

Razorbock
07-09-2012, 09:27 AM
Savage model 42 in 22wmr and .410, atleast when I can get my hands on one

road kill
07-09-2012, 04:39 PM
A 22lr works for me as it`s the only rimfire i have currently. When time permits i hope to get the 17m2 barrel ready for my 455CZ.

Prairie Dog
07-09-2012, 07:23 PM
A 22lr works for me as it`s the only rimfire i have currently. When time permits i hope to get the 17m2 barrel ready for my 455CZ.

17 M2 barrel for a 455!?? You have my undivided attention!



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joe-nwt
07-09-2012, 09:14 PM
You may not know it, but you could be on to something here.
Toss this over to Savage.
Be a great gopher getter.
22 rim for the near ones and the .17 for those a bit furder out..........

A single shot in the gopher patch? That's funny.......

road kill
07-10-2012, 02:33 PM
Prairie Dog, i have a GM barrel sitting in the shop and the reamer as well, it was supposed to go on a BRNO #1 but plans change. When it gets done a buddy has a BRNO #1 action that`s getting a 22 barrel.

superbrad
07-11-2012, 07:55 PM
Seriously?... I have killed grouse with a slingshot... Once with an actual pine branch... You shouldn't need more than a 22...

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Katana
07-19-2012, 06:08 PM
Chalk another for the 22. I like the 17hmr and did buy a Savage in that caliber but really hated the fact that 17hmr is just a bit cheaper than reading for 223. I have sold the rifle and bought a Savage 22 hevying barrel.

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Satain
07-19-2012, 06:20 PM
If I can't use a 12g then it's got to be the backpacker 22LR from Norinco.

yan
07-05-2013, 08:40 AM
Usually .22LR.. but I like the 223 just cause it's "fun".. it's all about fun right? Nothing like popping one at 200yards!

VancouverSkiBum
07-05-2013, 08:22 PM
Ill be using my .22 magnum from Savage Arms for everything coyote sized and smaller.

ghostguy6
08-19-2013, 11:17 PM
another vote for the .22 Ive taken the head clean off a ruffled grouse at around 125 yards using stingers.

Prairie Dog
09-06-2013, 12:59 AM
My favourite is the 22 short in my browning BL-22. Since those are tough to find now I have been using 22lr.



Cabelas has them in stock. In fact the Edmonton store had a half shelf full just a week ago. Bought some to try in my new lever.

Anyad Pitchaya
10-17-2013, 06:17 PM
Stingers or mini-mags. I use them in my Henry lever, and my son uses them in his 597. Head shots from prone or kneeling 8 times out of 10 if we can see them sitting there within 50 yds.

Croats
10-18-2013, 05:47 AM
12G FTW!