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Old 04-05-2018, 10:10 PM
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I'm currently in a real quandary. I have several 22lr rifles and many centerfire rifles, ranging from 5.45 to up to fairly large 30cals. I keep my 22lr's zeroed at 300yds, but most of my shooting is with large 30cal at 800yds.

For some reason, I find myself strangely attracted to the 17wsm cartridge. I've thought about it off and on for about a year and it still has a strange appeal to me.

Is the 17wsm worthwhile?
Is it that much more accurate than 22lr?
Is it just a glorified pellet rifle?
Your thoughts on the 17wsm?
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Had one in a savage Bmag and it was not a very good rifle, I have seen it in a Ruger 77/17 which I can imagine is a better quality rifle. I have since moved to a 204 Ruger in a CZ 527 and couldnít be happier. I can reload for the same cost at the 17WSM and I get way better performance. I donít think there is anything wrong with the 17WSM but that Bmag was one crappy gun and ruined it for me. Another popular option is the 204 tactical, uses a necked down 223 and apparently is also a little tack driver.
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I do not have a 17wsm, but I do have a 17hmr. I really like it. It is great on varmits up to coyotes. The last coyote I shot at about 75 yards in the head. It was like a grenade went off in the skull. When I skinned it there was not a piece of skull bigger than a quarter. I think the 17wsm makes that 17 even more wicked. I think if I was looking at the 17wsm I would probably get something I can reload or go with the 17hmr because of the cost of ammo.
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I have a savage B-Mag, great rifle. I decided on the 17wsm to replace my 22lr. I wanted a rim fire with greater accuracy and punch beyond a 150yrds and the 17 super does just that. When I first got it I set two cans of pumkin pie filling out to a 100yards and literally blew'm up with Winchesters 25grn HE.......Ya Man
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I have thought about the ,17 for years. But I think that once the Grandkids are ready, I will go with a .22 magnum if the ammo gets common enough. There are just more types of guns in that caliber that appeal to me.
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Love mine. Accuracy fall off rather quickly past 200 yards. You will have a 6 foot drop at 300 yards when zeroed at 100.
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I have the Savage B-mag in .17WSM. It's a good rifle. It's actually a very good rifle for it's price but it's not a great rifle.

I chose the .17WSM over the .17HMR because it was a little faster and would retain some more energy at longer distances. I don't think it's a huge advantage and ammo availability might make it not worth the extra. My decision was probably just a more-power (grunt grunt grunt) man thing and not really practical.

I think .22LR is a great round and I have killed a lot of small game and nuisance animals with it. But, I figure a .22LR is effective out to about 75 yds. I would hesitate to use it for anything other than paper targets past 100yds. Mine is sighted in at 50yds since I'll rarely use it past that.

.17HMR or .17WSM are good out to about 200yds. They can reach a little longer but I'll go with a center fire cartridge instead if I need to go farther. I very, very, very, rarely would need to go farther. In my experience, I can almost always get within 200yds of everything I've needed to kill. If I can't get at least that close, it probably didn't need killing.


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I definitely would not have called the Bmag I had a good rifle. It had a terrible bolt a floppy stock and did not balance very well. After 150 rounds and no real consistency I just got rid of it. That being said I made no effort to improve it as I have for other Savages, I think I had too high of hopes for it and when it disappointed me I just sold it right away. I do own a few savages and am not against the savage, that was one rifle that I just did not enjoy shooting.
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I definitely would not have called the Bmag I had a good rifle. It had a terrible bolt a floppy stock and did not balance very well. After 150 rounds and no real consistency I just got rid of it. That being said I made no effort to improve it as I have for other Savages, I think I had too high of hopes for it and when it disappointed me I just sold it right away. I do own a few savages and am not against the savage, that was one rifle that I just did not enjoy shooting.
Sorry you got a lemon but my bolt is fine and stock solid. You should have returned it to the manufacturer.
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Because of ammo cost I would never consider a .17 hmr.. regardless of the ballistics.
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There was times a few years ago, I was finding and buying 17 hmr ammo as cheap and more available than 22lr. It usually is the same or cheaper than 22 mag ammo.
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I had a Marlin bolt action in .17 hmr Out in the field 1 day just plinking, Had a large empty Gatorade bottle sitting on a fence post about 150 yards away. Saw the bottle decided to try to shoot it off the post. Shot the bottle, it never moved, thought I missed, shot it again, didn't move the bottle, thought I missed.
Looked at the bottle it had 2 holes in it from the 17. Bullet went in but didn't have enough power to go out the other side.
Went back with my 22mag and did the shot over, hit the bottle, knocked it off the post after the bullet went all the way through.
I never bought into the .17wsm because I figured it would be about the same as the HSM.
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I have found my original Marlin 17v to be really one of the most accurate firearms I have, assuming there is no wind above 3mph.
Astounding accuracy,cheaper than .223 or most center-fire.I like to switch between my c&r rifles (7.62x54r,7.5x55 swiss) and the Marlin just to keep any flinch from developing.Never saw a need for the newer .17 Cal rifles.Not enough difference for me,and if needed,I'll just step up to my ar,or one of my .30 Cal's.But my ten year old loves the .17 for it's accuracy, compared to the old .22.There is no comparison in accuracy at all.Love that .17hmr.
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You really shooting a .22 300 yards for a zero,,you da man
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My .17WSM is fun.
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I have the volquartsen. Luv it!!
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I only know one person with the WSM, and no game taken. Itís more oomphy than the hmr. And the hmr is a good small game/varmint gun.

I still prefer the 22mag.
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I only know one person with the WSM, and no game taken. Itís more oomphy than the hmr. And the hmr is a good small game/varmint gun.

I still prefer the 22mag.
All the .17's and .22 mag use speed to reduce the influence of gravity and wind. Once that speed is lost effectiveness falls off rapidly.

IMO each is an improvement over the .22 lr. for the young shooter. For the rest of us they are just fun.
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