The best bunny cal­i­bre?

Sporting Gun - - SHOOTING ANSWERS -

I am think­ing of ap­ply­ing for a .17 HMR and chop­ping in my .22. The only thing that con­cerns me is whether a .17 causes too much dam­age to the rab­bit – or is this down to choice of bul­let? I would ap­pre­ci­ate your ad­vice.

Ed­ward says: If I’m hon­est, I don’t use my .22 all that much nowa­days but keep it be­cause there are sit­u­a­tions where it’s still needed.

That said, the .17 HMR is an awe­some tool and I’m grate­ful to my good friend Mike Pow­ell for in­tro­duc­ing me to it all those years ago...

I have used the .17 a lot and, yes, if you shoot a rab­bit less than 50 yards away it will be a bit smacked up, but shoot it in the head and it doesn’t mat­ter any­way.

An av­er­age range for my shoot­ing is 100 to 120 yards, and at this range they are not that badly dam­aged. You can ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent makes of ammo but I favour the Winch­esters over all the oth­ers.

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