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Old July 18, 2010, 10:27 PM   #1
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17 HMR, What brand?

I am looking to purchase a 17 HMR to shoot targets out as far as I can. While at the store Marlins don't seem to have the machining quality as say Savage does. What would you guys recommend for an accurate 17 HMR rifle?
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Old July 18, 2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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The CZ 452 is worth the money and is very accurate. A trigger kit can be found for about $10 and I highly recommend it.
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Old July 19, 2010, 12:15 AM   #3
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I have one of the Savages and can verify that it is a very accurate rifle.
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Old July 19, 2010, 12:26 AM   #4
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Savage (for the most part) makes the best HRM's out there IMO. I have one with a heavy barrel and it's a squirrels worst nightmare out to 90-100 yds.
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Old July 19, 2010, 08:43 AM   #5
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I've owned a CZ 452 and a marlin w/bull barrell. Both are VERY accurate, the CZ was nicer looking, had good wood and bluing. All depends on how much you wanna spend.
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Old July 19, 2010, 08:57 AM   #6
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Go Savage and you'll be as happy as a pig in a peach orchard.
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Old July 19, 2010, 09:04 AM   #7
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Savage has my vote, bought the 93 synthetic heavy barrel with accu-trigger and its my favorite squirl/rabit gun
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Old July 19, 2010, 11:15 AM   #8
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+1 on the Savage. I am still jealous of my friend's 17HMR rifle he got a couple of months ago. When we took it out to the range, it didn't hang up on either brand of ammo we used (Hornady plastic tip/boat-tail & Federal jacketed HP). Accuracy was just ridiculously consistent...accutrigger felt great and as a plus, the design and finish of the stock looked great.
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Old July 19, 2010, 12:07 PM   #9
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I like (and own) the Savage heavy barreled version with the accutrigger. It's fairly accurate, if I do my part; I've shot groups just over an inch at 145 yards. I would like to handle one of the CZ's though, I've heard good things about them.

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Old July 19, 2010, 12:47 PM   #10
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I own a Savage Stainless Heavy barrel, VERY VERY acurrate I put up "fun" targets at 100 yds and can easily pin any dime size spot.

BUT, Im also looking for a more refined gun. I have heard great things about the CZ's. Im also looking at the ruger 77/17.
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Old July 19, 2010, 03:38 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone! So I was reading some things on the sniper web site and want to see if you guys have come to the same conclusion about rifles. They say that synthetic stocks are less prone to temp change etc and therefore better for an accurate weapon. Makes sense to me. I was also reading somewhere that the accutrigger on the Savages are equivilant to weapons much more expensive. Is this true?

Almost forgot..... For accuracy, is a longer barrel better? When I look at target specific guns they have 30" barrels which has brought me to this conclusion....

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Old July 19, 2010, 04:31 PM   #12
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A longer barrel gives you higher velocity which means the bullet will travel farther before it drops. I think anything between 22" and 24" would be good for a 17hmr. I am a big believer in synthetic stocks. You will have people say that wood feels warmer and is nicer looking, but to me a gun is a tool when hunting and entertainment when shooting at targets. So I want something that holds up and works, so synthetic is the way I go on all my guns that I can. I have no problems with wood stocks and I own some but I just like the looks and durability of synthetic on most rifles and pump shotguns. I have the accutrigger on my .243 and I really like it. I haven't adjusted it down since I got it but it's nice and crisp out of the box.
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Old July 19, 2010, 05:22 PM   #13
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Savage's classic has a 24" barrel. :-) What about Browning? They look nice. Does anyone own a Browning 17 HMR?
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Old July 19, 2010, 06:41 PM   #14
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Old July 19, 2010, 07:31 PM   #15
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Browning T-Bolt. Accuracy and good looks. Very lightweight and quick handling too.
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Old July 19, 2010, 07:49 PM   #16
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I am going to throw one more at you guys. How about Anschutz 1517??? That company makes some sweet target rifles in .22 cal...
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Old July 19, 2010, 08:15 PM   #17
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While the Marlins don't have the Accutrigger, they do have the Micro-groove barrels, which give you 16 lands & grooves instead of 5 or 6 ballard-style. Marlin outlines numerous advantages that this new form of rifling had, including better accuracy, ease of cleaning, elimination of gas leakage, higher velocities and lower chamber pressures. You literally get more FPS from a Marlin Micro-groove rifle than you do anyone else's.

The trigger you can mod in about 30 minutes or switch to a Riflebasix trigger, giving you adjustability.

They ain't the prettiest, but they do precision shooting for about half the cost of comparable rifles.
It's why you can go head-to-head with CZ's with a Marlin and win on a regular basis.

Granted, my Marlins have had the bolt polished, trigger jobs, and been either bedded or pillar bedded...but they cost 1/2 the price of the CZ's

If I ever bother with .17's, this is the one I'll get. I prefer thumbhole stocks.

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Old July 19, 2010, 11:29 PM   #18
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KMG,

That does look sweet.... I went to Cabela's today and looked over their HMR rifles and they had the green tactical version with a 22" barrel. Of all the ones I looked at I liked it the best (besides the color). Savage does not have this particular version on their site... Not sure if it exclusive to Cabela's or not. http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...ryId=SEARCH_gl
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Old July 19, 2010, 11:47 PM   #19
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You know I've never seen that version before. I too, didn't see it on savage's site. Aside from the color, which I too am not fond of, it has a full rail and an added suppressor. You should so go for that and paint it a dark olive green.

I'm highly considering doing mine in a dark olive green with black splatter. What you think?
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Old July 19, 2010, 11:50 PM   #20
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Personally I like the black..... However Cabela's version is a composite stock and not wood. It also has the textured coating..... In store it was $499..... Maybe I can show them their online price and get it for the same....
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Old July 19, 2010, 11:55 PM   #21
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i ran up on a great deal when i bought mine. it is a rossi single shot with a 23'' barrel. i paid 90 dollars for it new. put a cheap 3x9 scope on it and the best group ive shot with it is .5'' at 100yrds. not too bad for a total investment of 175 dollars.
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Old July 19, 2010, 11:56 PM   #22
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I love my Marlin 917V. It's very accurate.

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...agnum/917v.asp

Read this article before you choose...

http://www.ruger1022help.com/website...2/marlin22.htm
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Old July 20, 2010, 08:39 AM   #23
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You know I've never seen that version before. I too, didn't see it on savage's site. Aside from the color, which I too am not fond of, it has a full rail and an added suppressor. You should so go for that and paint it a dark olive green.
It is a Cabela's exclusive M93 TR with green stock and compensator. No idea if it comes in MkII...I don't do Cabela's, but I have seen their M93 exclusive.

There is a thread on RFC with lots of TR pics, fwiw. Lots of guys paint theirs. Some really good camo jobs. I did mine in a desert tan.
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Old July 20, 2010, 09:54 AM   #24
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Cabela's will honor their online price if you show them and usually if you just tell them about it. Print it off and take it to them you should be able to get it for the lower price. I like that Savage and it would be a great shooter.
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Old July 20, 2010, 11:41 AM   #25
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..... However Cabela's version is a composite stock and not wood.
You know it's funny you mention this because I've been pondering over it. Savage's website claims the stock is wood. I can indeed see wood grain in certain cutaway parts such as the nook the bolt arm rests in when the action is closed. The weight is definitely that of a synthetic stock, and it doesn't feel like solid wood. This leads me to believe its a wood composite synthetic. As if they mixed wood with a synthetic?

Anyone else have opinions on this?
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