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Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

 
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:29 PM
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Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

I am interested to get some feedback on the new super-rimfire. I've seen some reviews at the range, but would love to hear how it performs "on-critter". Gory pictures are encouraged.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:53 AM
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Re: Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

Just picked one up yesterday at a local gun shop. Just happened to call just as the first one hit the receiving department. Unfortunately they haven't got any ammo for it yet. The only place I can find it on line right now is Gunbroker.com and a $14.99 box of bullets is bringing a minimum of $39.99. I refuse to feed the price gougers so I'll wait till they get some in at Midway or Cabelas. If anyone hears of any available somewhere else, please let me know.

Until then, all I can give you is first impressions. First off, I think this is the cheapest looking stock I've ever seen on a gun. It's made of thin webbed plastic that wiggles in the foreend like a plastic coat hanger. The action/barrel look a little better, but not much. The trigger group is housed in what appears to be pot metal and the Accu Trigger weight is adjusted with pull up and turn plastic knob. The magazine is an eight round rotary style detachable clip that is held in with a plastic tab. The magazine well/trigger guard assembly is also held in with a plastic release tab. This cover must be removed to get to the two action screws. All in all, this rifle that I payed $329 for should have only cost about $99.

As far as how well it shoots, I'll hold off that opinion until I get a chance to shoot it. If it shoots really well, I can forgive how cheap looking it is.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:06 PM
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Re: Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

Stumbled into 4 boxes of shell this afternoon at Dunhams Sporting Goods. They had 3 boxes of the Winchester 25 gr. BTs and one box of the 20 gr. BTs. I mounted a set of Weaver steel rings and a Leupold 3-9 scope. I'll try and get it sighted in tomorrow and see if it will shoot.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:22 PM
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Re: Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

Nice! Good find. I'm interested to hear your results. Hard to judge a savage by its fit and finish...

I have a 17hmr that looks like my 5 year old put it together. Like I rough-saw a maple tree with a chainsaw, hit it with some 80grit, and slap some Formica on it.....

And that crappy little toy shoots LIGHTS OUT. Makes me feel like an elitist snob - it functions perfectly but is so - well - unrefined...
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:14 AM
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Re: Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

We have had 2 Savages in at the store I work at and a handful of the 20 and 25 grain bullets. I really wanted a 17WSM. I do not want to offend anyone that has one but I think the rifle is way too cheap. The bolts stick about half way back and rotates way to the left when all the way back. The stock is really thin and twisty. Quick follow up shots would be a challenge in my opinion. We sell the ammo for $16.99 I believe. I read that two other rifle manufactures will be making rifles for the 17WSM but I have not seen who they are. I believe I will wait to see who they are. I am a huge Savage fan but they dropped the ball on this rifle, in my humble opinion.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:53 PM
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Re: Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

I've got one and it is fun to shoot! Shot a 3/8" group at 100 with the 25gr bullets as that is all I can get my hands on right now. The 25gr bullets put down a badger the other day on shot and it did not move. It is also devastating on rabbits as to be expected. When I head back to ND, I will try to get a coyote.

Stock does look and feel cheap with everything being plastic. Accuracy is excellent IMO for how much the gun costs. Only gripe I really have is I have had 2 misfires in about 30 rounds. From what I have heard, they only shipped a limited number boxes of ammo to see how it performed. Hopefully the next batch they ship out will have this issue fixed.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:57 PM
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Re: Anyone got their hands on a 17WSM yet?

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We have had 2 Savages in at the store I work at and a handful of the 20 and 25 grain bullets. I really wanted a 17WSM. I do not want to offend anyone that has one but I think the rifle is way too cheap. The bolts stick about half way back and rotates way to the left when all the way back. The stock is really thin and twisty. Quick follow up shots would be a challenge in my opinion. We sell the ammo for $16.99 I believe. I read that two other rifle manufactures will be making rifles for the 17WSM but I have not seen who they are. I believe I will wait to see who they are. I am a huge Savage fan but they dropped the ball on this rifle, in my humble opinion.
According to Volquartsens website, they are working on one. And from what I hear CZ is also going to make a gun.
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