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Q:I recently bought my oldest son a brand new Savage model 93R17 .17 HMR. He took it out for the first time on our squirrel hunt yesterday afternoon. He shot one squirrel and missed a second one with the next shot. That shot sounded exactly like the first shot, but the bullet must have hung up in the barrel. He had no way of knowing this and later tried to shoot another squirrel with it. At that shot, the gun literally blew apart. The report was louder than a shotgun. If a piece could come off or violently bend, it did. The stock cracked in half from the fore stock to the butt pad. I can't shake the memory of my youngest son and I walking up on him lying semi-conscious in the snow. Other than a concussion, bruised face, a broken tooth and a long wait in the ER last night, he is alright, but I can't clear my mind of what could have been. I have read of other bad events with the HMR and had a very similar, but much less severe one with mine years ago. My question to the editors of OL and the other members of this site is: Should the .17 HMR be trusted? Mine is my favorite rifle, but I will throw it in the river before I let something like last night happen again. I can't wonder if the bullet actually left the barrel every time I shoot this rifle in the future. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Q:For close quarters work on a vermin problem, I used some .22 bird shot. I've never used them in a revolver before, so , I was surprised to discover the brass cracked and busted all the way down to the base. Is this normal or not, as the brass is just crimped shut on the end. While I don't remember when it was bought, I don't believe it is overly old.
Q:Does anyone know of anywhere I can find .22 LR ammo online? I've looked everywhere I've bought it in the past, but it's all out of stock/back-ordered. I know I should've stocked up when the ammo shortages started appearing, but I didn't think it'd get this bad, and besides, my local outdoor store always had a good supply, but when I went down there a couple of weeks ago, some idiot had just been in and had bought every last bullet they had, like 50-75 boxes worth.