17 hmr marlin at walmart

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by bigdaddy, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. bigdaddy

    bigdaddy New Member

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    I was at my local walmart today and noticed they have a heavy barrel marlin bolt action 17 hmr for like $237.00. I have never owned a marlin bolt action gun do they build good ones? This seems like a very cheap price when compared to the ruger sitting beside it in 17hmr for $545.00 non heavy barrel. Is it too cheap ? do you think this would be a waste?has anyone got one of these marlins ? Are they good accurate rifles?
     
  2. mwsfarm

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    I have the vssf model, heavy stainless fluted barrel. I love the rifle, they don't have the best trigger, but that can be fixed, i put a rifle basix trigger in mine- mine is deadly on gophers (ground squirrels) out to 200 yards, easy.

    I am a marlin fan, always have been, mostly lever guns, but if you are looking to save a few bucks, I would probably suggest the .17hmr in savage. you can get the accutrigger, heavy barreled savage for about the same price as the marlin. they are accurate too, one of my employees has one-

    I also love the .17hmr, in my area it is great for birds, jackrabbits, fox, gophers, and prairie dogs. it costs more to shoot than a 22, but its a lot more fun, and waaaaaaaaaaaaay more accurate.

    good luck!
     

  3. ROGER4314

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    Bonnie and I have fired the Marlin 917V rifles in 200 yard competition for about 6 years. At 200, my best score is 500/500 with 23X. I also shot a 499 with 28X. Bonnies best is a 499 out of 500. The "X" ring is about the size of a tennis ball so that means I hit it 23-28 times out of 50 rounds at 200 yards!

    The rifles had Tasco 3-9x40 scopes. Mine have Rifle Basix triggers but hers is totally stock. Recently, I changed scopes on my rifles for more power. The cross hairs on the Tascos were also too thick to get the best accuracy. Bonnie shoots hers from a rest and I shoot prone from a bipod.

    The rifle will shoot High Master scores right out of the box. I own 3- 917V's and one 917VS rifles and swear by them. We use Federal .17 HMR, 17 grain bullets with the poly tip. The hollow points don't shoot as accurately and we have not tried the 20 grain bullets. The Federals will do the job!

    The original stocks are pretty crappy looking so I ordered replacement stocks from Marlin for a slightly different model. The laminated gray/black stock was just $89! An option is to paint the original stock black. That looks pretty good.

    I'd buy another Marlin 917V today if I could justify having five of them!

    When new, the barrels copper foul some so buy a GOOD quality one piece rod, brushes, patches and jags. Use Hoppes #9 or Butches Bore Shine and let it sit in the bore several hours between cleaning sessions. Put a patch in it, let it sit and come back between TV shows for another patch. Don't scrub it! When the patches come out without green color, you're done. New barrels have taken three days to clean properly. Later, the barrels break in and fouling is not a problem.

    Have fun!

    Flash
     
  4. willfully armed

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    I have 3 Marlin lever guns, 1 semi auto, and long ago traded my Marlin 882SSV .22 mag for a pickup.

    But 882 was the best 22 bolt gun Ive ever handled.



    It doesnt matter the action, If its a Marlin, its a winner.
     
  5. Gojubrian

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    I like the Marlin rifles. The ones at my local walmart have a tag hanging off that says "comes with extra 10rd CLIP." Someone should educate Marlin firearms. :rolleyes:
     
  6. jpattersonnh

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    My M917V is finicky about ammo. Some 17gr shoot great, some 20gr shoot great. Good price and a fun rifle. 120 yards is about its' max for game, 150 is pushing it. Mine wears a Bushnell Trophy 3-12x42mmAO and it is a great little rig. Mine was $200.00 and the Scope was also $200.00.
     
  7. big shrek

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    All Marlins are a little ammo-finicky, especially due to the Micro-Groove barrel...
    but once you find out what they like...sub-MOA all day long :D

    And...unless you live in a high-humidity area, don't clean the barrel very often...just the action after every shooting session.
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    You and I don't see eye to eye!
     
  9. hunter Joe

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    Just remember if you buy it at Walmart you can't bring it back into the store. If you have issues with the firearm your going to have to pay an FFL to ship it back to Marlin.

    Stop in at your local sporting goods store before you buy from Walmart, you may be pleasantly surprised.
     
  10. Dcomf

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    I don't believe the 17's come with a micro-groove barrel, standard 4 groove. The 22's come with micro-groove.
     
  11. Dcomf

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    You don't need to have an FFL ship a firearm if it is going to a repair center. Either the sender or receiver has to have a license and I'd bet Marlin has one.
     
  12. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    WHAT THE HELL?

    You dont have to pay a FFL to ship a gun to any manufacturer.
     
  13. Dcomf

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    Some people like the flavor of the gun store kool-aid. :rolleyes:
     
  14. hunter Joe

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    Who's going to pay for the shipping, not Walmart. And are you sure that I can legally ship a firearm through the postal service here in Wisconsin without a FFL? Please enlighten me grasshopper.

    When one of customer's firearms need to be returned for a warranty related issue, we pick up the dime for the packaging, insurance, and shipping. Will Walmart do that for you?
     
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  15. Dcomf

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    Well, with what you save at Wally's if you had to send it back yourself you would still be in for less than what you pay at the local store. The cost is eventually passed to the consumer anyways so it has already been paid for, you aren't doing anyone any favors.

    From the ATF:
    A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by carrier to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm. [18 U. S. C. 922( a)( 2)( A) and 922( e), 27 CFR 478.31]
     
  16. ta1588

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    In all honesty I'd rather buy from a local gun store than walmart any day and try to whenever possible. It helps your local economy and someone trying to support their family. It makes me feel better that my money is going to them and not the biggest corporation in the world who buys most of their products from china.
     
  17. Dcomf

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    Who wouldn't want to do that? Those days are pretty much over, Mayberry is just a dream now. The mom and pop's are businesses first and foremost or they wouldn't be able to "support their family". I'm not pro or con box store but do realize when I'm getting gouged by the mom and pop's.
     
  18. jpattersonnh

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    You are so wrong. I buy Firearms from private FFL's or my local shop. Ammo from my local shop. Reloading powder and primers from my local shop. The one and only Firearm that I have ever purchased from Wally world was 15+ years ago. My local shop has ammo cheaper than Wally world and I don't need to find some moron that has no idea what the difference between .22lr and 7mmRem Mag is. I also shop at the local hardware store and lumber yard, both independently owned. You can't buy nails or screws by the pound at Home depot.
     
  19. Dcomf

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    That's your prerogative but most people don't like to be gouged without mercy from the local mom and pop gun store. If you can find all that stuff from yours then more power to you since most quit carrying any sort of stock. Brick and mortar gun stores either evolve or get sucked under the wheels of progress. Can you honestly tell me your local store is cheaper than what can be had online? Highly unlikely. People vote with their wallet nowadays.
     
  20. TheOldMan

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    +1 I try to purchase from my local shop when ever I can but I refuse to get taken. If I can save, I save where ever I can. Sometimes the local shop is a pawn broker who's already taken others property away cheap and marked it up to make a killing.