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mrbooks10 01-12-2012 09:45 PM

17. hmr questions
Hey gun nuts,
just a thread to post your concerns or tips on using your 17.hmr.
Please list make and model of gun and grain of bullets please.

jpattersonnh 01-12-2012 10:42 PM

No concerns w/ mine. Marlin 917v. It took a hundred rounds or so of 20gr the break the barrel in. 20gr gamepoints have always shot great. 17gr in the beginning were terrible. After a few boxes of 20gr I desided to try them again. Huge difference. It likes just about all the ammo I use. CCI, Hornady, Federal.

c3shooter 01-12-2012 10:55 PM

Savage 93 heavy barrel. Shoots like a laser. Does not do well with variable cross winds. 17 and 20 grain- likes the 17 a smidge better. Be prepared to shop for cleaning rod, jag, brush.

Dr. Marneaus 01-12-2012 11:15 PM

I've got a 917VSS with a cheapo ($100) redhead scope, 4x-16x with 1/8 MOA adjustments.

The thing shoots straight as can be. Its way better than I am. I can easily keep a quarter sized grouping at 100 yards on a day with slight breezes, and regularly sit and pick off golf balls at about 100 yards as well. I hand the thing to my girlfriend and her sister, who have never really shot before, and they'll hit golf balls and clay pigeons at 125 yards.

ANY ANY ANY wind at all screws with it though.

I've heard my buddy say he was hitting steel at 500 yards, but at 200 even I was dropping too much to want to fiddle with it, maybe 6-8 inches low, and the slight breezes that didnt matter at 100 yards made way more difference at 200.

My favorite thing is that when you shoot it, you see the hole appear where you were aimed. there is no recoil and you stay perfectly on target and see your hits very time. pretty cool.

This was general hornady 17 grain stuff if i recall, at 100 yards, shot "somewhat" rapidly (all 5 shots in about 30-45 seconds). There was a bit of a breeze blowing to the right, as you can see. Would have been a way better group if I didnt have the 1 flyer. These were also taken before i lightened the trigger pull. The stock trigger pull was nice and clean, but heavy as hell. Swapped in some springs from a marlin 2000 and BOY oh BOY did it get easier.

(sorry this one is upside down, its the same target, just flipped so it looks like the ind was blowing left)

mrbooks10 01-12-2012 11:18 PM

Marlin xt-17v. Shoots amazing, under an inch at 100 yards. No break in needed, shot amazing out of box. I use a 177 cal airgun brush and rod for it. Topped with a nikon 4-12x40 its a hard combo to beat. Mainly use hornady 17 grain v-max. Couldn't ask for a better setup

mrbooks10 01-12-2012 11:21 PM

Will upload pictures when i get it drilled and tapped for new mounts

jpattersonnh 01-12-2012 11:26 PM

The Marlin comes drilled and tapped. :confused: Bases also.

Edit: It is the same rifle as the 917v.

Dr. Marneaus 01-12-2012 11:27 PM


Originally Posted by jpattersonnh (Post 675486)
The Marlin comes drilled and tapped. :confused: Bases also.

mine just has the standard .22 type dovetail.

mrbooks10 01-13-2012 03:35 PM

[QUOTE=jpattersonnh;675486]The Marlin comes drilled and tapped. :confused: Bases also.

Edit: It is the same rifle as the 917v.[/QUOTE

I know it does, but mine got stripped trying to adjust a maxed out scope (crappy one) and it stripped sorry for the confusion

dks7895 01-13-2012 03:51 PM

I had a Marlin 917V, and sold it. Here are my opinions.....

Very cool rimfire
Very fast
Very accurate
Deadly on small game

Highly affected by wind
Expensive ammo $12-$15 per 50
Damages a lot of meat on small game

I really couldn't see the benefit. IMO the .22LR is much better for small game and a lot cheaper to plink with. If I need something more for say fox, opposum, raccoon, coyote....then I prefer my .223 Rem. It's just as accurate but with a lot more reach and punch.

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