Can you kill a deer with a 17 HMR?

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asked Apr 28, 2019 in Outdoor Recreation by l89Irfan (220 points)
Can you kill a deer with a 17 HMR?

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answered Apr 28, 2019 by Essmann (42,860 points)
The 17 HMR is not the ideal or best when it comes to hunting and killing deer when hunting.

But the 17 HMR will kill a deer if you're pretty skilled at hunting but the 17 HMR fires the bullet at much higher velocities than some other rifles but the bullet is a lighter bullet.

So it may take some practice and you may have to be closer to the deer to be able to kill the deer with the 17 HMR but it can kill a deer if you're skilled enough.

Though a much more powerful rifle would be better to kill the deer easier.

Also deer are pretty fast and intelligent so it's very easy for them to get away from you if the deer is not killed or hit with the 17 HMR you use.
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answered Mar 4 by palone (3,720 points)

Good day. In general I agree with previous answer. As I know 17 HMR is usually used for mid-range small game and varmint hunting. If you are a good shooter it is more than enough for a deer! I recommend to use good optics for hunting, for example check https://www.agmglobalvision.com/night-vision/night-vision-clip-on-systems site, there are many cool devices like scopes, binoculars, night vision clip-on systems and so on.

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