Took photo this morning, as he lay found last night. Shot at 30 yards while on ground. Blood exited mouth (other side/down side obviously) 17 grain V-Max to boiler room. Entrance on other side of Coon (down side). No exit, no surface splat received full knock down power potential. Easily, could have taken head shot but wanted to see boiler room in comparison to Coons shot in past with 22lr and 22wrm. Knocked him down and back about 1 foot, squirmed slightly, scooted 20' to my Bluse Spruce tree and collasped........dead.
Overall, impressed as it un-leashed 100% of knock down power. Simular results as I have had with 22WMR using the 40 gr HP's in past which pass through at that distance & shot placement. No doubt, the highly expanding newer 22WMR ammo would have been ideal at that range and placement. Better, than 22lr which also pass through not provideing shock knock down power. All three kill them quick by takeing out the lung/heart area but, the added shock/knock down of a non pass through with a B-Tip keeps them close. Fact, I have had center fire varmint calibers do the same with hollow points and zip through lungs resulting in slight scoot, from not un-leashing all energy, unless using B-Tips.
Low muzzle blast,worked well,safe. Likely, ideal for the 22wmr with a explosive newer bullet. But, I have not felt my previous 22mags would have killed something the 17hmr has not with simular shot placement at any range. However the 17hmr has extended my varmint range. This will likely change someday in the future while Fox hunting with the HMR and a good sized Eastern Coyote appears at close range . But, actual field results will speak for themselves as I have seen Bill D. prove time and again with various calibers,rifles,pistols,varmints & predators.
Edited by plain old Bill, 15 June 2006 - 08:47 AM.