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World's Fastest Rimfire Round: Winchester .17 Super Magnum

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January 16, 2013
World's Fastest Rimfire Round: Winchester .17 Super Magnum - 3

The .17 Win. Super Mag. comes with a workingman’s pedigree. The case is based off a .27--caliber nail-gun blank, which was modified and necked down to take the .17-caliber bullet. (These blanks, which come in three calibers—.22, .25, and .27—are a big business for Winchester, according to Greg Kosteck, the company’s marketing director.) Empty, the case measures 1.200 inches (vs. 1.064 inches for the .17 HMR). And its case walls are about 50 percent thicker than the .17 HMR’s, to handle the higher pressures the round generates (33,000 psi vs. 26,000 psi for the .17 HMR).

The first gun company signed up to produce rifles for the .17 Win. Super Mag. is Savage, which hopes to have rifles shipping by mid-April. Before the year is out, Kosteck says, at least two other major rifle makers will be chambering for the .17 Win. Super Mag.

See the full .17 Super Magnum review here.

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from Buck wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

The .17 hmr will most likely die quickly and quietly. The little .17 Mach 2 (potentially the best .17, even the most useful rimfire round ever) has been largely ignored and never given much of a chance.

Now with this .17 WMS we can kill little critters "deader", or maybe some bigger critters? This round will probably kill a small pest animal about as far as you can hit with it, but for bigger animals like coyotes 100 maybe 150 yards I'd guess. That's not too bad, but it's nothing like what a 22-250, .243… and many other centerfires can do.

What's it good for? It's useful if you don't want to reload or pay centerfire ammunition prices. If you don't feel you need the range and power of a centerfire. If it proves to be as accurate as the other .17 rimfires it'll be great for very small varmints and pest.

Honestly! most will be bought for the same reason the .17 hmr sold at first; it's new, it's exciting, it's the most powerful rimfire… Winchester has had a lot of very successful cartridges over the years, this could very well be another one.

BTW: As it is the .17 Mach 2 is a little better than the most popular cartridge in the world the .22 long rifle for small game and small pest. It's flatter shooting, more accurate, about equal or greater in power over all… But the loads available are not versatile enough and cost too much. It needs a lead bullet low power load! Such a load could make it very versatile as a great low cost, low noise plinker, and a pest eliminator. It could be as good or better than many air guns, better and safer than the low velocity .22 rounds.

buck@score-your-hunting.com

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from officerdom1987 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I agree with JM, but maybe Savage won't let you show it yet. I'm also interested at what this gun is going to cost. I don't see too many people paying large amounts for a rimfire rifle when a centerfire rifle is a third of the price.

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from JM wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Thought you were going to shoot it! I wanna know what it sounds like.

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from JM wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Thought you were going to shoot it! I wanna know what it sounds like.

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from officerdom1987 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I agree with JM, but maybe Savage won't let you show it yet. I'm also interested at what this gun is going to cost. I don't see too many people paying large amounts for a rimfire rifle when a centerfire rifle is a third of the price.

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from Buck wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

The .17 hmr will most likely die quickly and quietly. The little .17 Mach 2 (potentially the best .17, even the most useful rimfire round ever) has been largely ignored and never given much of a chance.

Now with this .17 WMS we can kill little critters "deader", or maybe some bigger critters? This round will probably kill a small pest animal about as far as you can hit with it, but for bigger animals like coyotes 100 maybe 150 yards I'd guess. That's not too bad, but it's nothing like what a 22-250, .243… and many other centerfires can do.

What's it good for? It's useful if you don't want to reload or pay centerfire ammunition prices. If you don't feel you need the range and power of a centerfire. If it proves to be as accurate as the other .17 rimfires it'll be great for very small varmints and pest.

Honestly! most will be bought for the same reason the .17 hmr sold at first; it's new, it's exciting, it's the most powerful rimfire… Winchester has had a lot of very successful cartridges over the years, this could very well be another one.

BTW: As it is the .17 Mach 2 is a little better than the most popular cartridge in the world the .22 long rifle for small game and small pest. It's flatter shooting, more accurate, about equal or greater in power over all… But the loads available are not versatile enough and cost too much. It needs a lead bullet low power load! Such a load could make it very versatile as a great low cost, low noise plinker, and a pest eliminator. It could be as good or better than many air guns, better and safer than the low velocity .22 rounds.

buck@score-your-hunting.com

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