View Full Version : 17 HMR

04-14-2009, 9:40 AM
Any experience here with the 17 HMR? What rifles are preferred here? Scope set up? I've been eye balling them for a future purchase.


04-14-2009, 12:19 PM
I dont have a 17 HMR, but did purchase a 17 HM2 and it is by far my favorite gun. Nearly equals the HMR out to 150 yrds and the ammo is as cheap as any decent quality 22 ammo. I have a Savage MKII FVR with a mueller varmint scope. I looked at and considered the HMR but at that price I would just shoot .223

04-14-2009, 12:22 PM
I have a Mossberg 17HMR it is okay but from what I was told I should upgrade to the Savage.

Jonathan Doe
04-14-2009, 3:01 PM
I have a Ruger 77/17 which I bought from a Calgunner and I like the rifle a lot.

04-14-2009, 5:20 PM
Marlin 917V, Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn 17 super 3.5-10x36 scope. deadly to ground squirrels out to ~200yds.

04-14-2009, 5:33 PM
Of the 5 rifles I have in .17 caliber my favorites are my Savages in .17HMR (3)and my.17Mach2. I bought my Ruger 77/17 when there weren't many options on the market.


04-14-2009, 5:48 PM
avoid the Mossberg rifle.. it is a POS....... 5" groups at 100yds.. using either Remington or Hornady ammo... Barska scope...been back to mossberg once already for the lousy 'accuracy' no imporvments :mad: they didn't even re-imperse me for the shipping costs for the 'suposed' repairs......:mad:

04-14-2009, 6:57 PM
I have a Marlin 917V, a Rem 597 in 17 HMR and a converted 10/22 in 17HM2. They are all great fun, and in fact I've fired very few .22LR since I went 17. Before the !@#$%^&*()_ lead ammo ban, I killed hundreds of ground squirrels with my 17's.

I have found that the HM2 is done at about 100, and the 17HMR can whack squirrels out to 250-300 if there is no wind.Even the slightest breeze will blow the little 17 gr bullet all over the place.

Mine are all highly accurate and far more powerful on impact than the 22 Mag, IMHO. I'd recommend a 17 HMR over a .22 Mag, since they cost about the same and I consider the HMR to be far superior. If I was cost-sensiTive though, I'd have to stick with the ubiquitous .22LR.

04-14-2009, 9:19 PM

My S&W PC 12" tubed revolver.
Stays well inside an inch at 100yds, half inch with some ammunition.
Velocity is (via my chronograph) nearly the same as a rifle.
Packs nicely in my camelback.


04-16-2009, 1:41 AM
I recently bought a Savage 17 HMR (93R17) from GunBroker for $180. Guy threw in a hard case, a spare scope (nothing to write home about), and free shipping.

Then I ordered a BSA Sweet 17 from eBay for approximately $75 (including shipping).

For the money, I felt I didn't do too badly.

04-16-2009, 9:57 AM
I like the Volquartsen 17HMR semi auto.


04-16-2009, 12:25 PM
My first rifle was a Savage 93R17 Classic. Fun to shoot and very accurate. I usually only bring it to the range if no wind is blowing though. My wife's next gun will probably be a Savage 93R17 BTVS.

04-16-2009, 12:38 PM
Wow.....this is confusing........

04-16-2009, 2:02 PM
I have the ruger 77/17 with Leupold vx-III 3.5-10x50 scope

have shot thousands of squirrels with it....my number one varmint getter.....the .204 stays unless the shots are really long.......250yds+

04-18-2009, 6:51 PM
Love my CZ 453 varmint model with single set (8 oz) trigger. My best group to date is 5 shots into 1.1 inches at 200 yards. 6.5-20 leopold scope. CZ is the only way to go.

Joe Register
04-21-2009, 12:48 PM
I bought one back when they came out and ammo was reasonable. Great for ground squirrels as long as it isn't too windy. More recently the ammo price has gone well beyond the plinking range so the .17 rarely leaves the safe these days. When hoarding stops and prices return to normal it will get recalled to active duty.

04-21-2009, 12:49 PM
I have a Savage 93 with a heavy barrel and Love it
I can pop squirrels at 200 yards all day

04-26-2009, 9:02 PM
I have a Marlin 917VSF in 17HMR with a Simmons Master Series Aetec 4-14X44 with adj parrallax. This rifle give me more confidence than most of my rifles at 100yds even with light winds. At 100 yds I never shot anything worst than 1.5" group even with winds and I'm not that good of a shot.