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#5790721 - 06/15/15 08:38 PM Savage B-Mag 17 WSM Report
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Registered: 07/18/13
Posts: 684
Loc: Ontario, Grey County
The 17 WSM has been available for a few years now and I have wanted one since they first came out. I did not get one right away as I wanted to wait until there were a few more options on the market. Savage finally started producing a model that I liked the looks of so I made the move and picked one up last week.

Rifle:



Rifle Specs:

- 17 WSM
- 22 inch stainless heavy barrel
- Accutrigger
- Boyd's Laminated thumbhole stock
- 8 round rotary magazine
- Scorpion Red Hot 4-12x Rimfire Scope

Ammo Specs:

Winchester 25 grain BT - 2600 fps, 375 ft-lbs
Winchester 20 grain BT - 3000 fps, 399 ft-lbs

Image of ammo with 22LR, 17 HMR, 22 WMR and 17WSM (left to right) shown for reference.



I put 48 rounds down range and ultimately zeroed the rifle at 100 yards. After about 40 rounds the groups started to open indicating time to let it cool down and give the gun a good cleaning.

3 shot group at 100 yards with the 25 grain ammo:



Group size was about 0.8 inches and was representative of the groups at 100 after zeroing.

3 shot group at 100 yards with the 20 grain ammo:



This was the best group of the session (about 0.4 inch). Pretty similar to the 25 grain ammo and no noticeable change of POI between the different ammo weights at 100 yards.


Edited by Hirogen (06/15/15 10:12 PM)
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#5790757 - 06/15/15 08:58 PM Re: Savage B-Mag 17 WSM Report [Re: Hirogen]
Pittstate Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
I have the original B Mag that is just cheap plastic stock. I have put well over 5k rounds through mine shooting prairie dogs. My 3 shot group at 100 yards usually touch each other. I don't have the bull barrel (and don't want it) and also see the pattern open up after getting hot. I have since started using my 17 hmr on shots of 100 yards and under and use the 17 WSM on shots over 100 out to 250 yards. I usually don't shot past 250, but when I do, I pull out the Rem 700 VLS in .223. I usually clean mine around every 100 shots (2 boxes of shells and what I usually shoot during each hunt).

The only thing I dislike is how it cocks the firing pin (when you close the action). I guess the feeding action sometimes jams too. Probably once in 30 to 50 shots.

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#5791187 - 06/16/15 09:07 AM Re: Savage B-Mag 17 WSM Report [Re: Hirogen]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 10833
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Nice rig. Looks like a keeper.

I have the same stock on my 10/22 and I really like it.

Thanks for the report. cheers
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#5792327 - 06/16/15 07:56 PM Re: Savage B-Mag 17 WSM Report [Re: Hirogen]
CitySlickerHunter Offline
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Registered: 04/01/06
Posts: 3571
Loc: Tarrant County,TX
Good post. happy3
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#5794849 - 06/18/15 10:39 AM Re: Savage B-Mag 17 WSM Report [Re: Hirogen]
Flock Knocker Offline
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Registered: 01/27/14
Posts: 374
Loc: Ellis Co.
I just picked up a new 17 WSM B Mag, I got the stainless bull barrel with synthetic stock. Out of the box it took me 5 rounds to zero and half inch 3 round groupings at 100 yards after that with 25 grain. So far pretty impressed with this little gun. A much bigger step up in performance than expected over the 17HMR and 22LR.
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