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    New Rifle

    Hi all have a slot for a variation on my FAC for a 17 hmr but am thinking about doing a swap for a different cal due to already owning a 243,223 and 22rimmy , so was toying with the idea of a dedicated night vision rifle set up in something different or using what I already own and adjusting to suit ? Any thoughts or suggestions lads , ATB Bone

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    Quote Originally Posted by bone View Post
    Hi all have a slot for a variation on my FAC for a 17 hmr but am thinking about doing a swap for a different cal due to already owning a 243,223 and 22rimmy , so was toying with the idea of a dedicated night vision rifle set up in something different or using what I already own and adjusting to suit ? Any thoughts or suggestions lads , ATB Bone
    Howa in .204Ruger.

    What you save on the rifle you can spend on the NVD.

    tac
    Lots of guns and trains.

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    If you home load TAC 20 or my favourite 20BR. Then get rid of the 223.

    Steve.

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    HMR makes a very good NV rifle because the trajectory's pretty flat, of course that's if your main NV use is rabbiting.

    But this is the wrong section for general questions, best ask a mod to move it.

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    Thumbs up

    I've got a lovely t3 in .204 for sale
    Rapid 7 S .22 10-22 S + B 6 x 42 Stiller Predator full custom.204 NSX 5.5-22x56 Tikka T3 semi custom .204 Remy PSS .223 NSX 12-42 Remy Var.243 Zeiss Conquest - Stiller 6.5 x 47 - Winchester Red-Performance SX3 12g

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    Nothing wrong with the HMR if your wanting to bash those rabbits.

    The question comes when your out with the HMR and you see Charlie at 100 plus yards away.... I'm probably the wrong person to ask as have .22LR, HMR, 204 & 223, but the CF's do get used for longish range bunny shooting day & night.

    That said, your permissions will dictate whether the HMR has its place, some landowners don't mind the 'bang' of a CF, but the HMR's are more neighbour friendly....

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    17 hmr

    Did you have a 17 HMR? If so what gun did you have? I've just bought a cz American and was after some reviews

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    I'm selling my HMR CZ varmint,
    It's in the for sale section !!
    Rem700 .308 AICS - Rem700 AICS .223 -
    Rem700 AICS 6.5 Creedmoor - CZ527 .17 Hornet AICS - Anschutz 1417 .22lr

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    If you want to shoot foxes at night then mount your NV on your 223 and get a 204 for long range crow busting

    TB.

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    How about going for something a little unusual, try a Howa 1500 mini action 6.5mm Grendel. Good for anything up to deer size, light recoil, flat trajectory and resistant to wind deflection

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    Quote Originally Posted by neutron_bomb View Post
    How about going for something a little unusual, try a Howa 1500 mini action 6.5mm Grendel. Good for anything up to deer size, light recoil, flat trajectory and resistant to wind deflection
    The limiting factor is if you want something fast and flat for NV use, the lightest readily available bullet in 6.5 is the 95 gr v-max, if you can find them 85gr Sierra varminters. Out of the Grendel they won't be fast and therefore not that flat in comparison to a 55 gr pill out of a .243 or 22-250 or 39 gr out of a .204 all doing 3900-4000 fps.

    Better choices for dedicate fox would 22-250, .243 or .204 or for a combo rabbit & fox gun (if you reload) .204, .17 rem or one of the hornets if your foxes are generally <150 yards. Rabbit only out to 200 (if you reload) one of the hornets, HMR or WMR or .204.

    .204 or on of the other 20 cal's is a do all job but a bit big for close rabbits, but then dead is dead and I'm quite well known amongst my shooting friends for using a bigger cartridge than might be strictly necessary.

    My main NV fox and vermin cartridge is .22H as flat as HMR, no recoil, better in the wind, cheap to reload and packs 700-850 ft-lb at the muzzle so plenty for Charlie at sensible ranges, <150 boiler room shots they drop on the spot.

    Really to steer your decision we need to know the main use ov the NV rig.
    Thanks for looking

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