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Any 17 WSM Coyote Kills?

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Old 04-23-2014, 06:34 PM
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Re: Any 17 WSM Coyote Kills?

I'm really glad to hear that the .17 WSM worked on coyotes. After I needed multiple shots to finish a raccoon that was making a mess of my barn I was starting to think my B mag would end up being useless. It's not accurate enough to hit anything smaller than a coyote at 100 yards.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:01 PM
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Re: Any 17 WSM Coyote Kills?

I have a new Bmag, cheap gun and you get what you pay for. Barrel moves loosely in the flimsy stock. If you buy figure on restocking. Also out of the box would not cock on closing, fooled around with bolt for 1-2 hours of sighting in, finally discovered the adjust a trigger was sticking. Had to touch trigger each time to cock gun, need to address this problem. Good groups with 20 gr, fair with 25 gr, maybe 2", but no grouping. Will get rid of crap stock with what someone on line used from Boyd's Mitchell, SD. Should bring the 20 gr into an inch at 100.

I have shot lots of coyotes with .22 mag, usually one shot stop in there tracks with Winchester .40 gr hollow points, generally the cheapest available but shoots good groups for me and performs well. I think .17 may be a bit light unless under 100, but will see,may be surprised.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:50 AM
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Re: Any 17 WSM Coyote Kills?

Just bought the Savage B Mag with Bull Barrel ordered a Custom Stock from Boyd's for it now waiting for the stock to arrive. They make stocks for the standard barrels and bull barrels. Putting a Nikon 4 x 12 -40 scope on it,

If anyone finds any 20 gr. bullets in stock please send me a PM.............

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Old 01-26-2015, 12:40 AM
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Re: Any 17 WSM Coyote Kills?

First time poster on this site but saw this string and thought I would add some commentary. I have a complete review over on AccurateShooter.com for the BMag and .17 WSM, but I have hunted with it for yotes for two seasons. Where I hunt for them is in the 'burbs so you can only used rimfire or shotgun. Shotgun did not have enough reach and .22 mag would leave them off and running after shots beyond 50 yards. When the .17 WSM came out, I was sold on the ballistics for my purposes. I can say that it is devastating on coyotes out to my furthest shot of 120 yards. A well placed shot behind the shoulder or center chest for head on, eviscerates a rather large area of the vitals and drops them in their tracks. I use the 20 grain because the 25's do not shoot well out of my rifle. The extra 500 fps velocity more than makes up for the 5 grains less weight. I have sold my .22 mag rifle since I don't see a place for it any longer.

In terms of the rifle itself, it really is a poorly made rifle. When I first shot it it grouped at about 2-3 MOA with unexplainable flyers. At that point, I would have not even tried hunting with it. Then I started taking it apart and made modifications to the overly loose recoil lug and the stock. I shimmed the lug under the receiver and made that solid. Then I found that the barrel was not free floated adequately with such a flimsy stock. I sanded down the barrel channel (plastic ribs) with a 1/2 inch round dowel to provide a quarter inch clearance around the barrel (use chalk on the barrel to confirm), then filled the remaining voids between the ribs with a mixture of epoxy and lead shot to stiffen the stock and add weight. This took care of the flyers and brought my groups down to .75 MOA at 100 yards which is adequate for coyote hunting purposes. First shot accuracy is dead on now which is what counts.

Apparently, now there is a replacement stock from Boyds which should be nice, but I am holding out for something better from Savage or perhaps CZ. Savage launched a bull barrel version, but the stock is the same. Really would like to see a totally new configuration of stock and barrel. Better, more consistent ammo will also be helpful. Velocities are rather inconsistent over my chrono. Hornady is coming out with something later this spring.
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