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Old 12-28-2008, 7:55 PM
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I have access to a machine shop and would like to modify my 10/22 to shoot 17HMR. Anyone have any experience with this type of modification. I have seen barrels for purchase that allow this but haven't found anything on modifying a stock barrel.
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Old 12-28-2008, 8:15 PM
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Rechamber and barrel liner.
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Old 12-28-2008, 9:00 PM
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Is it a 10/22 magnum? If not, just get a .17Mach2 barrel and a heavier bolt handle. Many places sell them together for under 200 bucks (I think).
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Both Midway and Brownell have brls and mags, simple bolt on change.
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10/22 = 17HM2
10/22 MAG = 17HMR

Conversion is easy, new barrel and either bolt or bolt handle designed for the appropriate round. To tame the greater pressures.
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Old 12-29-2008, 9:33 AM
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10/22 = 17HM2
10/22 MAG = 17HMR

Conversion is easy, new barrel and either bolt or bolt handle designed for the appropriate round. To tame the greater pressures.
Yea, it's a really simple conversion to do. I almost swapped to .17 HM2 when I rebarreled my .10-22, but it's just a plinker and .17 costs about five times what .22 LR does.
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I have seen barrels for purchase that allow this but haven't found anything on modifying a stock barrel.
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I doubt you will find much info on modifying a barrel since it's pretty cheap just to buy an HMR barrel.
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I found this at Brownells:
http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/sto...ARREL%20LINERS
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If you do have a 22 Mag. and decide to convert to a 17HMR, you won't be disappointed. I've changed a couple over for friends and the 17HMR blows the 22 Mag away in every respect except for the price of ammo.


It's a simple change over process. Kits and seperate pieces are available. Search the net for prices. A Good start would be Brownells (as ryou've already found) or Midway USA (www.midwayusa.com) to see what you need. You can also call Brownells' tech support and they will help steer you in the right direction.

Good luck in your decision & potential build.

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I converted my 10/22 to a .17HM2 and my 10/22 Mag to a .17HMR.
Really all you need is a barrel and new bolt/handle assembly.
For .17HM2 Aerolite makes very good barrels. .17HMR I've had hit or miss luck, still trying.
Power Custom makes good bolt/handle assemblies.
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I converted my 10/22 to a .17HM2 and my 10/22 Mag to a .17HMR.
Really all you need is a barrel and new bolt/handle assembly.
For .17HM2 Aerolite makes very good barrels. .17HMR I've had hit or miss luck, still trying.
Power Custom makes good bolt/handle assemblies.
How do you like the hm2 over 22lr? what are your typical targets, varmints or targets? i knocked a squirrel down at about 120 yards with the hm2, i think the 22 would have more drop at that point, but did not get to test the two together prior to returning the rifle.
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Yea, it's a really simple conversion to do. I almost swapped to .17 HM2 when I rebarreled my .10-22, but it's just a plinker and .17 costs about five times what .22 LR does.
A friend of mine did a 10/22 to 17 Mach 2 a few years back, did a good bit of research on it first. I remember he showed me an article that kind of sold the concept for me. One of their main points is that Yes, 17 Mach 2 ammo is quite a bit more expensive than standard cheap bulk packed .22lr, but its actually about on par with the cost of top end match grade .22lr stuff. For a shooter who's more interested in accuracy rather than cheap plinking the cost difference is generally negligable.

And the best part? In their testing the 17 Mach 2 had tighter groups at 100 yards than the match grade .22lr did at 50 yards. Nearly the same cost, better accuracy at twice the distance.

And with the conversion thats so easy (along with the huge number of existing 10/22's out there) I'm surprised the Mach 2 converstion kits and ammo isn't selling better. On top of that, its disappointing that the manufacturers aren't embracing the round very quickly for their existing .22 platforms. I think it'd be great to see Sig Mosquito's, Browing Buckmarks, Ruger Mark II/III's, Beretta Neos, Walther p22/g22, etc, all with .17 Mach 2 versions.

Well, thats my 2 cents.
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How do you like the hm2 over 22lr? what are your typical targets, varmints or targets? i knocked a squirrel down at about 120 yards with the hm2, i think the 22 would have more drop at that point, but did not get to test the two together prior to returning the rifle.
I like the .17HM2 much better, except in wind.
If you search, there's a picture somewhere on Calguns where I put 3 shots through the primer of a shotgun shell at 100 yards... So yes I like the HM2 very much!
The ammo price is a bit to swallow, but I reserve that rifle for strictly varminting now and have my GSG-5 for fun/stupid plinking.
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I have access to a machine shop and would like to modify my 10/22 to shoot 17HMR. Anyone have any experience with this type of modification. I have seen barrels for purchase that allow this but haven't found anything on modifying a stock barrel.
Thanks
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Sorry Richard, I think misread your original post...

I'm curious why you want to put in a sleeve in a "STOCK" barrel? The cost of another barrel should outweigh the cost/trouble of rebarreling an older barrel. If you are doing it just to do it or don't have the funds for another barrel... more power to you. Thats the fun of rolling your own... As well as the satisfaction.

I don't have any metal lathe or gunsmithing experience so I don't know how difficult it would be, but the only "bump-in-the-road" I might see is getting the bore perfectly centered with the chamber... and the 22 is a mighty small chamber. Or maybe boring a new chamber in the new sleeve??

Talk with Brownells and see if they can possibly help you on that. Dunno if they will but it's always worth it to try.

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