17 HMR Ammo
History of .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire Ammunition
The .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire was introduced in 2002 for shooters who wanted a high speed, light weight rimfire cartridge. The .17 HMR has gained acclaim among varmint hunters as its very high velocity allows for an extremely flat shooting.
Today there are several companies that produce .17 HMR ammo: CCI, Federal, PMC, Winchester and Remington offer polymer tipped, hollow point and soft point ammunition. The ballistics of the .17HMR are rather impressive, the bullets are manufactured in weights that range from 15.5 grains to 20 grains. Bullets of this weight, pushed by powder loads made possible by the .22 Magnum case, allow for impressive velocities. Some loads can reach as high as 2550 feet per second at the muzzle. Although a high velocity bullet, the .17 HMR generates about 250 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. Fortunately, this is sufficient for varminting and target shooting at long distances.
Accuracy with the .17 HMR is almost as impressive as the velocity. It will shoot one inch groups for the casual shooter off the bench at 100 yards without issue. The maximum effective range for varmint shooting will be found somewhere between 150 to 300 yards depending on the weather conditions and shooter ability. Due to the light weight of the bullets, the trajectory of the .17HMR will be impacted by wind more than heavier bullets. For some, this adds to the challenge and fun of shooting this great little cartridge.
There are several manufacturers offering rifles in the .17 HMR, to include: Savage, Marlin and Ruger. They are sold in primarily bolt type actions some semi auto rifles and a few revolvers can be found chambered in this cartridge. Overall, the .17HMR is a fun to shoot and seriously accurate rimfire cartridge. It is well suited to the novice just learing to shoot, or to the experienced shooter looking to take up the challenge of shooting super light bullets at longer ranges than previously thought possible.
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- marcblueturtle said: "Bought several boxes. Just now got around to firing some in my Henry Golden Boy 17 HMR. Shot 100 rounds. 15 failed to fire. Good strike marks on rim. Just failed. Bad!! I have never had any other 17 cal brand do this. In fact, since I have had my Henry, I have had no failures until now. I read some other reviews around the internet and some had more failures per 100 than I did. Very disappointed in Winchester. Once I get these boxes used up at firing range, I will buy no more and I sure would not use these loads if I were out coyote hunting. - "