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Unread 10-14-2012, 05:30 PM
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.17 Hornet

I've been looking at a new gun for prairie dogs and maybe some coyotes, and came across an article on the .17 Hornet. After I was read the article I searched to see what companies had production guns in that caliber. I came across the CZ website, and on their homepage they said that the 527 varmint would be available in the .17 Hornet come January of 2013. So, this is really a two part thread, in that would the 17 Hornet be adequate for taking p-dogs and maybe 'yotes @ about 250yds? Also, what do some of the owners the CZ 527 think of it?
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Unread 10-15-2012, 08:54 PM
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Re: .17 Hornet

I purchased a Savage .17HH recently. I have had no problems, but have seen where some of the Savages are, mostly in feeding and stiff bolt lift; holding off for the C-Z in the very good 527 model might be prudent at this point. Wouldn't recommend it for coyote kills past 150 yards, frankly.
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Unread 10-16-2012, 06:14 AM
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Re: .17 Hornet

I have a .17 Hornet which is mainly used for rabbits and foxes. I found the 25gr bullet to be too heavy and slow for the little case but have had oustanding results with the Hornady 20gr V-Max. This tiny pill is still capable of blowing exit holes in a fox's chest to around 360yds and groups beautifully in my CZ, with heavy Shilen S/S barrel and thumb-hole stock.
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Unread 10-16-2012, 07:30 AM
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Re: .17 Hornet

I own a CZ 527 in 22 hornet that is rock solid from the action to the end of the sporter style barrel. Simply put, the micro mauser action that the 527s use is awesome and it regularly shoots moa on mild winded days, even better on calm days.

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Unread 10-17-2012, 09:02 PM
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Re: .17 Hornet

I m a 17 caliber fan and have a 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Fireball and 17 Rem bolt action rifles.. I would like to see Browning chamber the 17 Hornady Hornet in the same action as their 22 Hornet but I ll settel for a CZ . The 17 Hornet should have very little recoil and muzzle blast. 10 Gr of Lil Gun powder is a Max load with the 20 Gr bullet. I live in the wide open prairie dog country but with the 17 Hornet I ll limit my shooting to about 250 yards if I can get the rifle to shoot 1/2 inch five shot 100 yard groups. For yotes I may take out the 17 Rem but my 204 Ruger is some what better for shooting them. I would not use the 17 Hornet on yotes unless they were within 125 yards.
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Unread 10-17-2012, 10:16 PM
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Re: .17 Hornet

The CZ is a bit higher price point in comparison to the Savage, but yields slightly greater accuracy typically and has great fit and finish. This is not to say the Savage lacks in accuracy or quality, they make a fine rifle.
Shoot those dawgs!
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Unread 10-18-2012, 12:47 AM
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Re: .17 Hornet

If it is to be your only PD & coyote gun I would run a little larger cal. 204R for factory or a .223 for cost. Otherwise I would look into larger .17 wildcats or .20's

If you have a good selection of larger cal's sitting in the safe that I would say go for it!


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