January 2, 2008 at 11:41 pm #4525
The gunsmith owes me a little M-O-N-E-Y, I thought of having my LH CZ 527 223 Rebarelled to a 17 rem. Anybody play with one of these?
January 3, 2008 at 12:10 am #6248
they are fun but picky one day seems great next time you wonder if you have the same gun I have had three 17 remingtons and prefer the 204 by a long shot but they are good on a yote to about 300yds but to light of a bullet after that.anthony
January 3, 2008 at 2:45 am #6249
I played with the 17Rem a long time ago when they were new. Too hard to keep clean back them with the available components. You might consider the newer 17 Fireball, it looks like a much more efficient case if you really want a 17, you could always open up the chamber for the full 17Rem later.
I would suggest the 20 cal’s also. If not the 204 Ruger, then one of the wildcats.
January 4, 2008 at 12:59 am #6245
going to try a 17. I hated my 17 hmr so damn much, I swore no more 17’s, but this will have more pop.
January 4, 2008 at 2:39 am #6250
And I thought I was an idiot for wanting a .204 Ruger Thunder Ranch
January 4, 2008 at 2:51 am #6251
I love my 17 HRM, however I’d stick to the 204 Ruger for a sub- 22 high power.
BTW – My 17 HRM is FANTASTIC in both rifle I have for it. The Blaser kit is a one hole shooter at 100 yards.
Now I’m sure the volquartsen is going bye-bye.
January 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm #6252
Let me be fair. I tried to kill bigger than it was intended. I shot a feral dog, and a ‘yote with it and they ran off and caused a hell of a mess and suffered quite a bit 😥 .
I did smoke quite a few coons, and rabbits. It did a wonderful job and my marlin was super accurate. Truely a one hole gun. I have been spoiled with a 22 Mag. My Brno 611 and HK 300 are accurate, and effective. On the down side is they have discontuned the 50grn flat nose solid. That was a great killing bullet in a 22 mag!
January 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm #6247
Ed: Like Mike, I really like the 17HMR and 17Mach2. They are best for prairie dog and other similar sized small varmints. The first year we had a 17HMR out in Montana on a prairie dog shoot, my friend Darryl hit a badger at least four times in the forehead. The dust puffs were visible from the hits, but it did not drop. After a few minutes I chased it down a hole and we never saw it again. The embarrassing thing was I also hit it three times with a 22LR and we had two 223Rem rifles between us in the truck, what was it Ruark said about using enough gun?
Then a couple of years ago I had through and through penetration on a 40+ pound snapping turtle with the 17HMR’s V-max bullets at 70 yards, leaving a quarter sized exit hole, go figure.
January 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm #6246
The only 17 I own is the 17Mach2 and I like them very much it looks like the mach2 is going to slowly go by by over the next few years but I have layed in a supply of over 10,000 rounds to carry me through.
It’s funny about the 17Mach2, around Des Moines they cannot give them away, but in eastern Montana they cannot keep them in stock or get enough ammo. It looks like to me, the ranchers like the cheaper ammo (over the 17HMR) for pest control. But if you don’t have prairie dogs around, you might as well just shoot the 22LR.
I think this one will never eclipse the 22rimfires, but my guess is it will be around for a long time with a solid sales record, abet somewhat regional in nature.
January 4, 2008 at 11:45 pm #6253
Here’s a fox I shot the other night in my front yard with a .17HMR. I used to have a .17 Rem in a TC Contender pistol barrel and it shot great, but I sold the firearm, along with many others, when I made my first plunge into the Blaser market. It’s definately a fun cartridge.
January 5, 2008 at 2:58 am #6254
I have a .17 Remington and love it. The key is to get a high-end button rifled match grade SS barrel from one of the well known barrel makers. I have a Lilja #5 contour that is fluted and the gun will shoot sub 1/2″ all day long. I before the barrel upgrade the gun would foul and lose accuracy after about 20-30 rounds and take weeks to clean. I have shot over four hundred rounds (moly-coated) with this new barrel per day at prairie dogs and ground squirrels and then cleaned it with 4-5 patches of Shooter’s Choice.
I agree with the rest of the group that the .204 is better all around but the .17 does fill a niche with the “Prairie Dog Safari’ guides who will allow the shooting of .17’s in certain areas that are close to buildings and livestock as they claim the .17’s “break up and do not carry on down range”. Case in point, last year I yanked a shot into the dirt right in front of a dog and the bullet broke up but nothing hit him or spooked him into his hole. He stood around wondering what was going on and gave me another chance – this wouldn’t have happened with the .204 or .223.
In these constrained situations when all other guns have to stay in the truck, you can’t beat the .17 Remington and it is MUCH more entertaining on varmints than the .17 HMR’s. It shoots laser flat, leaves a vapor trail to the target, blows them up better than a .223 and has taken ground squirrels out to 458 yards (at this distance I placed the cross-hairs on the top of the head instead of center of mass) . For this reason I always take the .17 Remington on guided p-dog hunts.
If you don’t have a situations where you have to worry about bullets skipping way past the target then go with the .204 Ruger.
January 5, 2008 at 3:47 am #6255
What about the 6×45 or 6×47?
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