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Ice Cream Sammich
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Help my buy a .17HMR

I am looking for a cheap winter project gun. I do not have a 17hmr, so here we are. I am looking at three different brands for different reasons. Please give your input on the below guns, or make an entirely new suggestion. I am not big on CZ though.

All the below guns have threaded barrels, synthetic stocks, 16" or 18" barrels, and are bolt action.

Savage is the cheapest. Tikka is the most expensive.
All have great reviews for accuracy. All are reliable. Fit and finish get better the more $$$ you spend. I am having trouble convincing myself that the Tikka is worth $180 more than the Savage though.

Savage B17 FV-SR
Realistic price: $285



Ruger American Rimfire 8353
Realistic price: $370



Tikka T1x MTR
Realistic price: $450




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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
I have the FV-SR in 17HMR and Ruger American Rimfire in 22lr. If I could go back in time and find a stainless Ruger in 17HMR, that's the one I would get.


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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
The CZ is more than the Tikka so that should cross it off your list for cheap even if you don't like it. Probably can't go wrong with any of the above though.


Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
So, Ruger over Savage? That was the one I wasnt sure about. I know Tikka over Savage, price excluded. Thanks.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
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The CZ is more than the Tikka

I thought that they were comparable. Knowing that the CZ is more, its out. The Tikka is at the upper limit for this project. Thanks!


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BorrisMart
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
I bought a used savage and its been fine until squirrel hunting an island on the river and the pirogue flipped over, it was surprisingly heavy and sunk. Up to you really cant go wrong with any of those I'd think.


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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
Have they redesigned the clips (yeah I said clips) on the Savage?
Because that was a terrible design on the ones I’ve seen. The rest of the gun was fine, but the clips were a pain in the arse to lock in and didn’t feed very well.


BorrisMart
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
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clips


My Magazine is a pain in the arse but I have clipped a few squirrels with it. just kidding baw.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
The one that I listed above uses a rotatry box magazine similar to the Ruger 10/22. Probably not as perfected, but getting good reviews.


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cgrand
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
savage pro: adjustable trigger
savage con: terrible magazines
none of the stocks are worth a shite you’ll be replacing whatever you get with a Boyd’s or similar


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TigerOnThe Hill
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
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Have they redesigned the clips (yeah I said clips) on the Savage?
Because that was a terrible design on the ones I’ve seen. The rest of the gun was fine, but the clips were a pain in the arse to lock in and didn’t feed very well.
As of 2 years ago, the magazine design has not been changed. OTOH, there are now at least one, and possibly two, makers of Savage rimfire magazines. Here's my review of a non-Savage magazine. Mine has worked well, but like the factory mags, it inserts into the action best when the bolt is open. The other maker in the link had some problems and withdrew them from the market. I've not been notified of them now being available.

ETA: I didn't notice you're looking at the B17 model. Yes, the B-17 uses a rotary magazine that's entirely different than the traditional magazine used in the Series Model 93 rimfires. The magazine I reviewed above was for the series 93 rimfire. My brother-in-law bought a Savage M17 in 17 WMR a few years ago and I was happy to shoot it some. The magazine worked well and was a nice upgrade over the Model 93 mags. The gun was also VERY accurate. I'd be happy to own one.
This post was edited on 12/5 at 9:15 pm


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armsdealer
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I wouldn't buy a lower end savage rifle. The barrels are accurate but the magazines suck. I am including the entire axis line.

Ruger makes some solid rifles that is what I would get if I wanted the caliber but their stocks feel cheap to me, just so damn light.

I am not a fan of the Tikka but they make good rifles. Honestly if it is the one you want $100 difference says get the one you want. Way cheaper to buy what you want the first time than to rebuy.


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TideHater
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR


CZ 452


Shut Up Mulllet
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
CZ 452. Pay the extra money. I tell everyone this looking for a rimfire gun. They are just hard to beat. Whats a couple hundred extra bucks?


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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
OP said he didn’t like the CZ. It’s the first one that I thought of.
A guy in my camp just bought one. I haven’t shot it, but it looks and feels like a damn fine rifle. Fit and finish is great.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
I used to have a savage. Was a tack driver but the clip was so God awful that I got rid of it. Tikka or RAR out of those.

I'll echo what everyone else has said though, the CZ is worth it.


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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
Man i have a marlin. With laminate stock and heavy barrel. I go to turkey shoots and shoot against guys who have $2000 competetion 22LR and beat them consistantly. All ive had done to the gun is trigger work. Each one is picky with ammo though. My dad has same, cousin has same. Mine loves winchester ammo, my dads loves hornady, and cousins loves federal. Weird. But its the most accurate gun i own. I couldnt see needing to pay more for a different manufacturer.


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Teague
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
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the CZ is worth it.


I have the 455 "American" in .22. It's a nice rifle.
This post was edited on 12/6 at 11:58 am


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Rabby
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
My CZ-452 is an outstanding rifle. That would be my first choice. Actually, only choice.


GREENHEAD22
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re: Help my buy a .17HMR
They haven't made the 452 in like a decade I thought?


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