This is a discussion on Single Six in 17 HMR within the Ruger Rimfires forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Always thought the 17 HMR was to expensive for what ya got. But I saw this
at the last gunshow. It was just calling ...
Always thought the 17 HMR was to expensive for what ya got. But I saw this http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firear...l=663&return=Y
at the last gunshow. It was just calling to me. Unfortunatly ( maybe ), I didn't have the dough, and the seller wasn't interested in what I had to trade. But I keep thinking about it.
Was just wondering if anybody here might have one, and what you think of it. Would I be happier in the long run with a 22LR Single Six?
I've shot both and was totally unimpressed with the .17HMR. We were shooting steel plates and the standard .22 LR would knock down plates that the .17HMR wouldn't. The .17 shoots flatter at a higher velocity, but the light bullet doesn't carry much energy. Besides, with the Single Six convertible, you can shoot .22 Mags if that suits your fancy.
I've had the blued model with the 6.5 inch barrel for several months now and I'm glad I bought it. I've also got a Bisley with a 6.5 inch barrel and the 17HMR is every bit as accurate as the 22LR if not more so. The 17 sounds and feels similar to shooting a 38 Spl. with light loads. The only downside as I see it, is that the 17 ammo isn't cheap. For plinking and doing a lot of shooting, the 22 would be more practical, but the 17 is alot of fun, and it will really take care of a woodchuck...
The 17 gets down range in a hurry, but you wind up having to buy all new 17 cal cleaning rods, brushes, etc.
Have heard that they also require quite a bit more frequent cleaning to keep the accuracy but no 1st hand experience there.
I've got a 17 Cal. cleaning rod for my Marlin 17 HMR, but I don't use it in the pistol. I took a piece of .065 weed eater line melted a glob on one end and cut the other end to a point, poke a cleaning patch on pointed end move it to the flared end and pull it down the bore, works great and is mighty cheap. For cleaning the cylinder holes, a Q-tip works fine...
Location: Burbank Washington ( Southeastern Corner of the state)
I have to tell ya I have both & the 17HMR is way more fun to shoot than the 22 cal......I have both the Stainless & Blued color 17HMR's...The part that isn't so fun is the price of shells, but I leave that to my "Bullet budget".....as I can find them on sale most of the time & stock up 500 or more rounds at a time.....I also have the 22 cal in Stainless convertable magnum, & my Dad's 1957 Flatgate Single Six.....Excluding the Flatgate...I think all in all, I enjoy the 17HMR the best ...Hammering ground squrrels is a feet in it's self, but the faster & more fun job is done by the 17HMR ...Cleaning rods are like 6 bucks, & you only buy them once, so no problem their.....(small note I also found a Model 96 17HMR & it's also a real kick in the pants !!!)
Well don't ya know... I've never shot a 17 HMR, but was eyeballing one on-line. After reading this (and other) threads on the Single-Six 17 HMR, I decided "Screw it...I'll buy the thing". Went back to look and it was sold.