I'm a huge fan of the 17hmr. I think it outshines 22s in almost every catagory. But in this case, I would definitely take a 22mag over a 17hmr. !7s have poor penetration against bone. My one question for you would be.. Do you really think in a survival situation, you're going to be shooting deer? Id be consentrating on birds in which case the 17 is perfectly suited.
There are many things in life that are out of my control. Recoil isn't one of them.
Last edited by Niantician; January 8, 2013 at 08:12 PM.