17 HMR best for bunnies

Reflecting on Dave Burgess’ excellent article ‘In search of the ideal rabbit gun’ (Australian Shooter, December 2018)  I went through a similar evaluation of contenders but can’t go past my CZ 452 in 17 HMR topped with the 4-12 Leupold VX2 AO fine crosshair scope. There’s no ricochet danger with the 17gr Hornady loads and I can head shoot rabbits with this outfit all day long at ranges the 22 LR and 22 WMR would struggle to match.

I believe the 17 HMR to be the best all-round rabbit cartridge ever invented, though the 22 LR is king of rabbit spotlighting cartridges as ranges are typically short at night. 

Alex Wyschnja, via email

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