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Old 05-13-2019, 9:23 AM
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Default .17hmr Ruger American, first impression

I just picked up a matched pair of .17HMR Ruger American rifles from the FFL. Mrs. BFG and I have been very unimpressed with the performance of the .22LR lead-free ammo, and the .17HMR is supposed to be much better in that regard.

These will, ultimately, be squirrel-and-rabbit hunting rifles.

I haven't shot them yet, but on taking them out of the box they feel like really well-made rifles. The stock is plastic, but feels decently sturdy. The bolt works smoothly, and this is while still dry from unpacking.

The safety gives a good, solid, "click" when you actuate it.

The sights are interesting: the rear sight is about halfway down the gun, the front post is very sharp and thin, and it's one of those curvy no-square-corners sights that I'm not quite sure how to line things up. The interesting feature, though, is this: the rear sight folds down to get out of the way of a scope. That's a nice touch.

Good finish on the rifle, smooth and shiny. The bolt was "pretty", for those who care about such things.

Length and cheek-rest adjustment is interesting. There is an L-shaped piece that bolts onto the top-rear corner of the stock that contains both the butt and the cheekrest. You remove the part, install one of 4 length/height combinations. My biggest issue with this is: there are 4 options, and the rifle only comes with 2 of them, and neither of them is the one I think will work best for my wife.

The receiver is pre-drilled for scope mounts, but no mounts are included in the box (which is ok). I'm hoping this is actually a drilling for scope-mounts, and not a 10/22 version drilling-for-a-rail... but I haven't looked into it yet.

Anyway, the rifle isn't expensive, and looks pretty good. I look forward to being able to shoot it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 8:35 AM
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during the worst of the obama era ammo droughts i got a 17hmr marlin bolt action rifle because i wanted a light plinking rifle and i could only find 17hmr ammo. it was stainless, scoped and gently used, a steal for $120 cash from a pawn shop that wanted it gone. itís a real tack driver, you will enjoy the caliber.


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Old 05-15-2019, 12:17 PM
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Wait till you see how the 17 drills critters. I was surprised the first time I tried one. You wonder how anyone could advocate for a .22lr for self defense when a ground squirrel can walk it off when hit.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:50 PM
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My CZ Varmint shoots the CCI green ammo very well. It also likes the 20 gr bullets and shoots both of those into 5/8 to 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards. It does not like the 17 gr ammo of any brand, shooting 2 inch groups. It is funny, as the previous CZ I had shot the 17 gr bullets great. It has a headspace issue, so I sent it back to CZ USA and they replaced it with the one I have currently.
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Old 05-17-2019, 6:57 PM
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These sealed Diet Pepsi and stale PBR cans were shot with my Savage 93 17HMR at about 75yds using the Hornady 17gr V-Max. Going to try them out on Ground Squirrels up north next month before the lead ban kicks in.


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The .17 HMR is so fast and hot it will clean'em and cook'em at the same time.
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I was just at the ranch shooting ground squirrels and the first morning I shot only one with the .223 Rem. to show my grandson what a 55 gr Hornady sp can do to them then switched to the .17HMR. They work quiet well with any load I tried and the 20 gr shined. I think if I were to hunt for eating game I would be very careful to not shoot any in the body and use only head neck shots. I will test the FMJ 17 ammo as this might be a good alternative for eating game.Grandson and I both enjoyed seeing the hen turkey that has moved in I don't know where the others are but they are there somewhere. Caught a glimpse of a deer running through a saddle, heard one pig squeal. Always happens like that I have the small guns and a pig shows up, oh well maybe next time. 17's across the board seem to work quiet well and the HMR was the one that the most ammo was available for during the last shortage so it stays in the inventory. I have a Ruger American but it's in .22 Mag and it's a very nice gun I don't hesitate to recommend the Ruger American to people and yes I like the .22 Mag even more than the 17. You will enjoy your Rugers.
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