Welcome guest, is this your first visit? Create Account now to join.
  • Login:

Welcome to the NZ Hunting and Shooting Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.

Knives Africa Terminator


User Tag List

+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: 17WSM any good

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    kaiapoi
    Posts
    865

    17WSM any good

    This could start something or it may not-lets see,
    Anyway I have a bit of a thing for a 17WSM-cant afford one yet so more market research. These were very hit and miss since introduction in the US. Some improvement to the very few firearms available has helped and I think the ammo may be a little more consistent also.
    I believe that the gene pool for ammo and rifles in NZ would be pretty low so not sure if these issues have been bred out of them here.
    In the US they seem to be either loved or hated with some just waiting for them to fade away and die.
    I don't want to reload so while a 17 hornet would be nice not going there-ammo a lot more expensive and if I went centerfires I'd consider a 204 first but that's another discussion for another time.
    Anyone on the forum used one and what do you think?
    I was even looking at doing a budget cheater by barrel stubbing a single shot or even rebarrelling a martini target rifle.
    Thoughts everyone?

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Waikato
    Posts
    126
    Yep been using that caliber for a while. I like it, a lot. Ammo definitely seems to have improved in terms of quality, I’ve never had a problem getting it either. I’ve got a duplicate rifle I’d let go. Pm me if you’re interested.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    kaiapoi
    Posts
    865
    Plinky-that's encouraging. I'd love to take you up on the rifle but fundage just not there at present. For interest sake what is it-savage ruger etc?

  4. #4
    Member spada's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Christchurch
    Posts
    65
    +1 Been using the 17WSM for a while now and just love it.. Was using the 17HMR which was very accurate.

    With the 17hmr I had it zeroed at 100 m and targets between 0 and 120 m were dead. If I hadn't had too much coffee.

    The 17WSM imho seriously out performs the HMR.

    I have the 17WSM zeroed at 150m and just point at fur out to 170m my record is 288m on a bunny (DRT) and I've not used the HMR since.
    As @Plinky says ammo is readily available even in CHC (best deals from shooter supplies and Gunworks)

    DOn't let the nay-sayers put you off, it out performs 22mag and 17HMR ballistically speaking especially in bucking the wind. That doesn't mean you can forget about wind you still have to do your part when it's blowing.

    I have the Savage B mag in stainless with heavy barrel and is very accurate (check out my posts) I did need to get rid of the plastic stock, but once in the laminated stock and bedded, 10 cent size groups at 100m are normal if I do my part.

    My suggestion is to avoid the Savage with sporter (thin) barrel in the plastic stock, a check of you tube will turn up all sorts of accuracy problems when they first came out.

    If you want to try it out we can organise to meet at the CHC NZDA open range day sometime. I'm going there today to sight in the new 6.5 Creedmoor but that's another story.
    Howa 1500 6.5 Creedmoor
    Howa 1500 .223 Remington
    Savage 17 WSM
    Girsan MC312 12G

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    kaiapoi
    Posts
    865
    cheers people.
    I am a fan of the performance suggested on paper-it obviously has far more punch than the hmr which I also like.
    Wasn't really worried about ammo supply-more so sketchy accuracy and aesthetically junk rifles like the first synthetic savage hasn't given it a very good rap.
    Ammo isn't that much more than the hmr so that's still good.
    Spada-that sounds like a great idea if we can ever co-ordinate it lol.
    Plinky- what rifle do you have?
    My cunning plan to rebarrel/barrel stub a single shot was trying to keep cost down and more affordable in stages and having the money going into a good barrel.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Looking for Good hunting glass - with good turret system?
    By Hunter_killer in forum Firearms, Optics and Accessories
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 22-05-2017, 09:21 PM
  2. 17wsm and 17 hornet
    By Maca49 in forum Firearms, Optics and Accessories
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 16-08-2015, 07:46 PM
  3. Taking interest in a Good Dog free to GOOD home
    By Shaneo in forum Buy, Sell or Swap
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-03-2013, 07:51 AM
  4. good for nothing
    By sneeze in forum Off topic
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-05-2012, 11:39 PM
  5. A good Good Friday
    By Mike H in forum The Magazine
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-04-2012, 11:41 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Welcome to NZ Hunting and Shooting Forums! We see you're new here, or arn't logged in. Create an account, and Login for full access including our FREE BUY and SELL section Register NOW!!