RedMist wrote:I will say after shooting my Mach2 a bunch at PD's one day, there is something to be said for pulling the trigger and knowing you don't have to reload that round, lol.
, gotta agree with ya there buddy. When there's alot of rat action inside of the 150 - 200 yard marker, I'm all for grabbing my Ruger/Lilja 17HMR and having my way with the rats, and know full well there's NO reloading involved later.
On one particular good day in the rat patch, I was shooting my Cooper 223 at extended range, but noticed behind me at a fenceline about 200 yds away, rats were running about everywhere, and easy to see when they hit the dirt two-track.....perfect 17HMR fodder. I put my Cooper down, set up the little Ruger on my bench, and had great fun with Skippy and his pals (only a small portion of the actual HMR carnage):
Couldn't resist grabbing my camera part way through the action to remind myself later how much fun I had, and how much I DIDN'T miss all the reloading fun at home later:
I love handloading, precision extended range rat shooting, but for work inside 150 - 200 yards, a flat shootin' rimfire still works for me too, and you're right, if it brings more into our fold, so much the better (17WSM). I'm thinking that the new 17HH will also do the same, but for handloading. Once the new rimfire shooters find out they "need" another 100 yards to boink a hog or rat, the small reloadable CF's start to look good and they take the next logical step.....good for them, good for the rest of us too.
One thing I'll mention, is that I hope Winchester offers this round in something more affordable than their excellent little Low Wall. I've got one in K-Hornet that I paid upwards of seven bills for, back in the early 90's. Can't imagine what they go for now. Maybe they'll bring out a nice new little bolt gun for the new round? Hey, we can hope, right?