17. hmr questions

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by mrbooks10, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. mrbooks10

    mrbooks10 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    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.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  4. Dr. Marneaus

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    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.

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    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.
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    (sorry this one is upside down, its the same target, just flipped so it looks like the ind was blowing left)
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  5. mrbooks10

    mrbooks10 New Member

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    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
     
  6. mrbooks10

    mrbooks10 New Member

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

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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

    Edit: It is the same rifle as the 917v.
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  8. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    mine just has the standard .22 type dovetail.
     
  9. mrbooks10

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  10. dks7895

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

    Pros
    Very cool rimfire
    Very fast
    Very accurate
    Deadly on small game

    Cons
    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.
     
  11. MidnightExpress

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    The Marlin rimfire rifles without iron sights will (should) include the set of weaver bases and they're tapped for those bases. All the 900 series rifles should be drilled/tapped for scope bases whether they have iron sights or not. Some of the older Marlin rifles were not drilled/tapped but all the 900 series should and I believe the XT's are the same.
     
  12. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Just thought I'd confirm midnights thought. The xT series does indeed come drilled/tapped for a scope. It also has a weaver rail if you want a cheaper scope from Walmart or similar places.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

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    Mine wears a Bushnell Trophy 4-16x42mmAO. Sure it is only a $200.00 scope, But with Warne rings it is very solid. What does, or how do Weaver bases equal cheap scope? My 7mm Rem mag, 6.5x55, have Weaver mounts. They are serious hunters. You could buy Leupold rings and a cheap scope.
     
  14. MidnightExpress

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    Forgot to include the details of my 917V.

    Currently it's wearing a BSA Catseye 6-24x44 scope on factory Weaver bases and Weaver Grand Slam rings, a Boyds Nutmeg laminate thumb-hole stock and a Rifle Basix trigger set at 2-lbs. It shoots Federal, Hornady, Remington and CCI the same.

    It's been rumored all the 17HMR rounds are loaded in the same factory, I haven't been able to confirm this though.
     
  15. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I didn't mean that as all weaver mounting scopes are cheap. Just mean that budget shooters (at least me) tend not to got for a $100+ scope and usualy try to find one with rings already on it. Those usualy tend to be "cheaper" then having to buy a scope and then rings.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    savage M93r17 with the heavy target barrel, mounted a BSA 6-18x40 scope, glass bedded the stock. likes the hornady 20gr XTP the best, and the remington 17gr Accutips next. i bought mine because i wanted a rimfire for target shooting. the only downside to it, is wind. on a windy day, bullets are all over the place.

    i too like express said, heard most all the 17hmr ammo was loaded in the same factory. CCI, if i remember correctly.
     
  17. MidnightExpress

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    I think you're talking about the 3/8" dovetail machined into the receiver. Two thin slots cut down both sides near the top? A Weaver base/rail is what is pictured below.

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  18. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Well.....we all have our brain farts every not and again.
    But yup, dovetail is what I meant to say, not weaver.

    Sorry if I cause anyone's brain some pain trying to figure that out. Haha
     
  19. MidnightExpress

    MidnightExpress New Member

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    Yep, happens to all of us at some point or another. :)
     
  20. bealermouse

    bealermouse New Member

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    Group,
    I did a conversion to .17HMR with a Ruiger 10/22 magnum. I had to ship action and barrel back to Shilen. They gsve me a new barrel and tuned it up. I have. Leupold VXIi 6 X 18 X40 SIscope on it. It shoots lights out and cycles perfectly. No jams or bulged cases. Shilrn knows their stuff. This conversion is very difficult to do with a blow back action, but I have one and it is priceless to me. I put it on s gorgeous walnut stick from Macon. Issue To be resolved is chamber size and tuning it that way. Shilen did it, and I am very happy.
    Terry Drew