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#5420293 - 11/14/14 09:54 AM Any experience with .17 wsm?
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Registered: 07/05/13
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Loc: Hurst
I am in the market for a new rimfire rifle. I have an iron sight .22 lr I use for rabbits and squirrels and I am looking to get a scoped rifle for longer ranges. This gun will mainly be used for rabbits and squirrels plus some varmint control like armadillos and ground hogs.

I had my mind made up with a Savage .17 hmr with plans to suppress it down the road. However, I have been reading about the .17 wsm and it looks pretty awesome.

Anyone hunt with it before or have any suggestions?
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#5422203 - 11/15/14 10:48 AM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
I got the Savage B Mag in 17 WSM. I really like it. Very accurate and killed a coyote at 125 yards without a problem. It is deadly on prairie dogs here in Nebraska!

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#5423595 - 11/16/14 07:09 AM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: Gone to Texas]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
start locating and buying ammo now, its about as scarce as .22lr, I had one of the first savage's that came out, sold it and bought the Winchester 1885,have not done any hunting yet.
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#5457819 - 12/04/14 12:25 PM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: colt45]
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Registered: 06/11/12
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I bought Savage Bmag about a month ago. I put a Boyd's wood stock on it and love it. Ammo is readily available here in Louisiana. It shoots GREAT. It's way more accurate than I am.

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#5457825 - 12/04/14 12:32 PM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: pdugas]
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Registered: 05/30/11
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I bought a new B-Mag about 3 weeks ago, have new scope but haven't gotten the right rings yet. I'll have it shooting soon. Ammo is NOT readily available around here, I found one place on-line and stocked up but was kinda expensive. I may look into putting a wood stock on it. I'm pretty excited about this gun...
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#5458693 - 12/04/14 09:12 PM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I often use www.ammoseek.com to find ammo sources. Here is the current listings for .17 wsm

http://ammoseek.com/ammo/17wsm
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#5459094 - 12/05/14 05:54 AM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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The early B-mag suffered with accuracy issues.

Savage may have fiddled with the stock on the newer guns and introduced a heavy barrel as well.

I say all that to say this, if I were in the hunt for a 17 WSM I would be sure to get one that was made in the last 6 months.

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#5459241 - 12/05/14 08:16 AM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: HuntTXhogs]
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Originally Posted By: HuntTXhogs
The early B-mag suffered with accuracy issues.

Savage may have fiddled with the stock on the newer guns and introduced a heavy barrel as well.

I say all that to say this, if I were in the hunt for a 17 WSM I would be sure to get one that was made in the last 6 months.



I handled one when they first came out. The forestock was very flimsy and the bolt was VERY stiff. The one I just bought feels better (feels pretty good actually). Stock isn't as flimsy & bolt not quite as stiff.
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#5461302 - 12/06/14 12:58 PM Re: Any experience with .17 wsm? [Re: Gone to Texas]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 5379
Loc: bastrop county
as mentioned in ammo & reloading, the 17 wsm ammo is showing up at cabelas, I bought the first one that came our...savage accuracy, did not like the stock or bolt.
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