Two Sweet New .17 HMRs

Jim Carmichel tries out the new Anschutz 1717D Classic HB; Todd Smith puts the Marlin Model 17VS through its paces.

Anschutz 1717D Classic HB

Ever since Grandpa can remember, the German-made Anschutz target rifles have dominated all types of .22 rimfire competition, including the Olympics. Thus a union of the .17 Hornady Rimfire Magnum with Anschutz can only be called a match made in accuracy heaven. Our test rifle was the heavy-barreled sporter, with classic-style stock built on Anschutz's stiff top-of-the line M-54 action, which accepts both screw-on and groove-fitted scope mounts.

The scope used for bench-testing was a Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14X. The scope rings used were the new Talley Rimfire rings, which are machined to match the contour of different makes of receivers, rather than being one-size-fits-all.

The trigger mechanism is changed from earlier Anschutz sporters I've tested. From a delivered weight of pull of nearly three pounds the lightest "safe" adjustment we could attain was 2 pounds, 2.5 ounces. However, the pull was consistent to within one ounce, which is excellent.

The best five-shot group at 100 yards measured .681 inches, with the largest a bit over 1.25 inches. Even 10-shot strings never exceeded 1.5 inches.

_Contact: J.G. Anschutz (P.O. Box 1128, D-89001, Ulm, Germany). For a dealer near you, call AcuSport Corp. (800-543-3150); Zanders (800-851-4373). _ -Jim Carmichel

Anschutz 1717D Classic HB

Manufacturer: Anschutz
Model: 1717D Classic HB
Type: Bolt-action rifle
Caliber: **.17 HMR
**Magazine Capacity:
4+1
Weight: 7 lb. 13 oz.
Finish: Oil type
Stock: Checkered Walnut
Barrel Length: 231/2 in.
Rate of Twist: 1 in 91/4 in.
Overall Length: **421/2 in.
**Length of Pull:
141/4 in.
Drop at Heel: 5/8 in.
Drop at Comb: 3/8 in.
Trigger Pull: 2 lb. 2.5 oz.
Bore Finish Grading (Out of Five): 4
Suggested Retail: $1,051

Marlin Model 17VS
Following the SHOT Show last January, I flew on to California to field-test several rifles from Marlin on the lovely Tejon Ranch. Marlin's lever-action 1895M in .450 Marlin was absolutely devastating on the pigs-no surprise there. But what really grabbed everyone's attention was how well its new heavy-barreled Model 17V in .17 HMR worked on ground squirrels.

Everyone's rifle grouped well under one inch off the bench at 100 yards. The gun I used was topped with one of the wonderful old 10X Zeiss varmint scopes with a super-fine crosshair. My rifle cranked out group after group in the 3/4-inch range. What was really impressive, however, was how well the 17V performed in the field.

Any ground squirrels under 100 yards were simply dead. The wonderful part about the .17 is that there is virtually no recoil and that's with Hornady's V-MAX bullet, which generates 25 percent more muzzle velocity than the .22 Win. Mag. The trigger on my gun wasn't bad for a factory gun, breaking right around four pounds. The Model 17V I used had a Monte Carlo-style hardwood stock. The guns are also available in stainless-steel versions (the Model 17VS) with a laminate stock.

_Contact: Marlin Firearms Co. (100 Kenna Dr., P.O. Box 248, North Haven, CT 06473; www.marlinfirearms.com). _ -Todd Smith

**Manufacturer: **Marlin Firearms Co.

Model: **17V **Type: Bolt-action rifle
Caliber: **.17 HMR
**Magazine Capacity:
7+1
Weight: **6 lb.
**Finish:
Oil type
Stock: Press-checkered walnut- finished hardwood
Barrel Length: 22 in.
Rate of Twist: 1 in 9 in.
Overall Length: 41 in.
Length of Pull: 131/2 in.
Drop at Heel: 1.515 in.
Drop at Comb:: .922 in.
Trigger Pull: 4 to 6 lb.
Bore Finish Grading (Out of Five): NA
Suggested Retail: $263 (Stainless Model 17VS; $392)