17hmr accuracy

mop89

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
May 24, 2014
205
40
34
Eastern PA
Hey guys, I recently purchased a 17 hmr Lilja barrel for my CZ457.

this is my first 17 I’ve shot, let alone owned. But would often hear guys either at the range when I’m plinking with my .22 or family friends tell me how I should try .17 as they “shoot one hole”

well I’ve tried a few different rounds.. hornady 20gr xtp, hornady 17gr vmax, cci 17gr vmax, cci a17, and federal 17gr vmax. From what I’m gathering online all of those 17gr vmax are manufactured by CCI but rebranded as whoever? They all shoot about the same so that’d make sense. The cci A17 seemed to shoot the best, but even then it’s very inconsistent.

Is this to be expected now a days with 17hmr? Does anyone know of a consistent ammo? I just placed another order with SGAmmo with 6 different boxes of ammo to try those out, some Remington accutip, some 15.5 grain NTX, cci 17gr TNT, cci VNT, etc

Hope to find something consistent, or I’m beginning to think this Lilja barrel wasn’t worth the cost - not by fault of Lilja but simply because no one makes ammo worth a damn for 17 hmr
 
  • Like
Reactions: Arkansas shooter

Near miss

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Apr 8, 2019
409
163
49
Finland
It is what it is..
For me A17 and Gamepoints are the best.

Keep buying boxes until you hit to some better manufactured stuff. That better lot or either it is the fact that I have stopped cleaning copper out of my barrel. 1.2moa to 1moa.

20200118_152018.jpg
 
Last edited:

justin amateur

Sergeant
Belligerents
Apr 21, 2012
1,113
468
189
65
When the machines were new, tolerances might have been tighter. Now, after all these years, niether CCI or Winchester, produce anything but hunting or plinking rimfire ammo.

Browning is relabeled Winchester, everything else is relabeled CCI.

I use one of the first Lilja heavy barrel 17 hmr that were produced.
When I find a good box of cartridges, amazing things can happen at 200 yards.
See the 6x5 results for the few 17 hmr targets posted.
 

steve123

Lt. Colonel
Belligerents
Mar 16, 2008
8,591
1,165
219
Flagstaff, AZ
Slightly OT but this is why I made up a reduced load for my 20-221AI/32's at 2330 fps/8SD/ .4" at 100Y, and didn't buy another 17hmr.
 

mop89

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
May 24, 2014
205
40
34
Eastern PA
Slightly OT but this is why I made up a reduced load for my 20-221AI/32's at 2330 fps/8SD/ .4" at 100Y, and didn't buy another 17hmr.
I gotcha, was hoping to buy a relatively inexpensive rim fire (in comparison to center fire) and not deal with reloading
 

Booner1334

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Dec 26, 2018
102
50
34
In shooting my 17 hmr this past summer I had a lot of split necks. Don't they anneal the brass anymore?
I used to shoot the 17 hmr a lot about 10 years ago and can't remember having split necks.
 

Near miss

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Apr 8, 2019
409
163
49
Finland
Its the dream 250yd RF caliber, ruined by bad manufacturing.

But considering how 22LR lives now its second gold age, maybe 17HMR will get some attention too.

About time I'd say.
 

Booner1334

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Dec 26, 2018
102
50
34
I think Mr. Amatuer is correct. CCI hasn't changed out their machinery since they started production.
It's kind of sad as I think there is a solid place for this round in the shooting community. But from my recent experience, I'm not happy with how well the round shoots. I remember 1 inch groups at 100 yards, but that was 10 years ago.
I may sell or give the rifle to my nephew, and concentrate on the .22 lr.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Aescobar17

justin amateur

Sergeant
Belligerents
Apr 21, 2012
1,113
468
189
65
If used for it's intended purpose, hunting/varminting, the 17 hmr is a more than adequate cartridge.
Attempt to use it for precision paper punching, you'll end up disappointed.

I spent some time testing the newer 17wsm.
Made only by Winchester, no matter the label on the box,
and it did very well, as a varminting cartridge.
Long term results will depend on how well Winchester maintains the machinery.
I'm not optimistic. :(
 
  • Like
Reactions: Gee Kay

Cuzz

Amory Ms
Belligerents
Minuteman
Jun 29, 2018
321
126
49
75
North East Mississippi , near Amory
Hey guys, I recently purchased a 17 hmr Lilja barrel for my CZ457.

this is my first 17 I’ve shot, let alone owned. But would often hear guys either at the range when I’m plinking with my .22 or family friends tell me how I should try .17 as they “shoot one hole”

well I’ve tried a few different rounds.. hornady 20gr xtp, hornady 17gr vmax, cci 17gr vmax, cci a17, and federal 17gr vmax. From what I’m gathering online all of those 17gr vmax are manufactured by CCI but rebranded as whoever? They all shoot about the same so that’d make sense. The cci A17 seemed to shoot the best, but even then it’s very inconsistent.

Is this to be expected now a days with 17hmr? Does anyone know of a consistent ammo? I just placed another order with SGAmmo with 6 different boxes of ammo to try those out, some Remington accutip, some 15.5 grain NTX, cci 17gr TNT, cci VNT, etc

Hope to find something consistent, or I’m beginning to think this Lilja barrel wasn’t worth the cost - not by fault of Lilja but simply because no one makes ammo worth a damn for 17 hmr
A lot of us shoot a box of ammo and only remember the one good group. It can be very misleading on a forum.
 

Nodak

Private
Minuteman
Mar 27, 2019
74
42
24
My best groups with my 17hmr are one hole all day long. Shoot ounce and make one hole in the gopher. Perfect for it's intended purpose. No one has ever made target ammo for the 17hmr. I wish every Shot Show that someone would step up and say, ya, we made a match grade HMR. I guess I can shit in one hand and wish in the other to see which fills 1st.
 

Near miss

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Apr 8, 2019
409
163
49
Finland
There is already match cartridge for 22WMR from RWS.

I remember my heart skipping a beat when I heard Norma was starting production. Too bad it was just relabeled CCI.
 

justin amateur

Sergeant
Belligerents
Apr 21, 2012
1,113
468
189
65
Here in the US, don't use the words "match grade" and "22wmr" together, unless y'er going for the laugh.
RWS 22wmr at 100 bucks per box of 50 with an ES in excess of 230 fps, results in an expensive giggle.
Go ahead, ask me how I earned that morsel of knowledge? :D
 
Last edited:

orkan

Primal Rights, Inc.
Belligerents
Oct 27, 2008
2,850
343
189
South Dakota, USA
You may like an article I wrote on 17HMR a couple years back.


Consistently accurate ammo is difficult to find, but if you lot test and buy a large quantity when you find something good... you can overcome that. The small .17 cal holes when grouped, look decidedly unimpressive compared to .22 cal holes... but I wouldn't call a proper rifle with a good batch of ammo "not accurate" either.

The main issue is that people generally do not understand how terrible .17's are in the wind... or even in a breeze for that matter. The tiniest wind variable will show up. They simply lack the mass to overcome it, despite speeding along quite quickly. The 17WSM and even the 17 hornet are still not able to overcome it... so the 17HMR is certainly not. If the wind is peaking at 5mph or less... that is a great day to shoot 17's. If it's over that by any appreciable amount, you'll quickly realize the horizontal stringing going up, as well as the associated vertical created by bullets of low mass/bc and their corresponding aerodynamic jump. It will happen at much closer distances with much less wind than anything else I've ever seen.
 

justin amateur

Sergeant
Belligerents
Apr 21, 2012
1,113
468
189
65
Interesting, I do better with 17 hmr even under breezy conditions, compared to most 22lr and all 22wmr.
I've got target results and chrony numbers if interested.
Most every brand and type of rimfire sold.

The 17 is less affected by wind than 22 rimfire. Something about mv and bc resulting in less drift.

In case y'er wondering why I'm intruding so much today.
I've got the flu. Why should I have to be the only one being miserable? ;)
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Cuzz

justin amateur

Sergeant
Belligerents
Apr 21, 2012
1,113
468
189
65
Spent 30 minutes comparing data with a ballistic calculator.
Out to about 350 to 400 yards, looks like the 17 is the cartridge with the least drift.
Some one check my results, make sure the NyQuil isn't messing with my data.
 

orkan

Primal Rights, Inc.
Belligerents
Oct 27, 2008
2,850
343
189
South Dakota, USA
It's obvious that some think I'm saying something I'm not saying.

What is it you think I'm saying, that you disagree with?
 

justin amateur

Sergeant
Belligerents
Apr 21, 2012
1,113
468
189
65
Orkan, I'm an annoying old coot with way too much time on my hands.
I'm trying to correlate your data and conclusions with my results and some time spent punching numbers into the ballistic calculator.
The 17 shows less wind induced drift.
What am I missing?
Smaller crossectional area, more efficient shape, higher mv means shorter time of flight, right?
Don't get pissed, as an amateur I ask lots of questions when things don't make sense.

Below is a link to my current project, 50 shots at 200 yards,


There's my results, all 22lr, 22wmr, 17 hmr, 17 wsm.
Am I drawing the wrong conclusions from the data?

Feel free to critique the results.
I have no problem having someone point out my mistakes.
Only way I can learn.
 
Last edited:

justin amateur

Sergeant
Belligerents
Apr 21, 2012
1,113
468
189
65
Understood, I misread the comment regarding how much the 17 is affected by wind,
subconsciously filling in with a comparison to other rimfire cartridges.
Thanks for taking the time to clear my confusion, Orkan
I blame the NyQuil. I hate the flu.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Near miss

orkan

Primal Rights, Inc.
Belligerents
Oct 27, 2008
2,850
343
189
South Dakota, USA
No worries.

The general idea is that when you have a cartridge that you routinely have to hold half a mil, or even 1.5 mils of wind at 100yds... its very bad in the wind. A 10mph wind with most 17hmr ammo is about 7 tenths of a mil of drift at 100yds. 20mph is 1.4 or so. Even a 17 hornet, with a 25gr bullet rather than a 17gr, travelling at 3600fps rather than 2500, needs .4 mil in 10mph and .8 in 20mph at 100yds.

So suffice it to say, 17's are extremely bad in the wind compared to nearly everything else, within each cartridge's respective class. Even when comparing 17 centerfire's with heavy-for-cal bullets... the wind eats 17's alive in conditions that are quite workable with 22cal centerfires.

22lr with 100yd zero and 10mph full value wind will require around 1.0 mil of windage adjustment, with 20mph requiring around 2.0 mils respectively. So as you can see, while the 22lr is indeed worse, it is only marginally so, with the 17 hmr out performing it by three tenths of a mil. So despite the 17hmr's roughly 250% speed advantage over a 22lr, it can only beat its wind drift by roughly 30%.

Pretty poor performance by any measure, I think.
 

Gee Kay

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Oct 8, 2019
184
140
49
Land Downunder
i have the savage b17 in its POS tuppaware stock that comes bent from the factory.
best i've done with it on 2 occasions was head shots at foxes at about 70-80m.

i took it out on a gusty night and boy was it a pain to shoot.
instead of a head shots they landed in the foxes stomach.
it walked about 20m before it dropped. i finished it off with a head shot up close.

after that night i don't bother with the 17hmr, not worth the hassle.
 

Near miss

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Apr 8, 2019
409
163
49
Finland
I see I made a rough mistake there and wish to correct it.

I meant to say "There are match grade priced cartridges for 22WMR."
 

steve123

Lt. Colonel
Belligerents
Mar 16, 2008
8,591
1,165
219
Flagstaff, AZ
I gotcha, was hoping to buy a relatively inexpensive rim fire (in comparison to center fire) and not deal with reloading
I was too but Justin's tests and my personal experience swayed me away!

I don't like reloading anymore than the next guy but I have more time than money and weighing powder down to the kernel really has it's advantages when I see how well this load shoots, even though I haven't found a optimal powder for this round using a reduced load to get lower ES. I haven't tried trail boss yet....

20-221AI = I could get 3900 fps with a 32gr/.210BC for max load with AA2200 but I use temp stable H4198 which gets me a 3735 fps medium load out of a 21" barrel. It's super versatile, I love this cartridge!!!

Me, I couldn't get enthused about 17hmr for Pd's because after a few kills only the longer shots were available. Maybe I could for colony varmints like those potguts and squirrley's that are super prolific, and keeping most shots under 150y, but they aren't where I live.

It's disturbing for me to think that 6mmPPC BR groups at 200Y can be .3" for 10 shots!!!! Then look at Justin's groups which are awful in comparison, not his ability or fault, just the crap ammo. This BR gunsmith I used to use had a plack on a wall showing his 300Y club record of 5 shots all touching, like low .3"!!!!

Last year a .282" five shot group was done at 600Y with a 6mmBRA.

See why I can't abide rimfires that much??!! And I do love my 22rf's, heck I won the last NRL22 match I was in, it's just that I don't bother with them past 200Y much anymore - poor ES. I don't expect anymore than what they are, nor 17hmr.

Orkan, that is a kick ass 17hmr 40x you had built!

My dream rifle would be a tiny centerfire (smaller than 20-221AI) but staying with 20 cal, using 10 round or more magazines, in a high quality platform like a Vudoo!!! I couldn't resist but to have a fancy Cerus laminated stock done for it as well!!!!

If I couldn't have that then I'd have a Borden drop port done.
 

MarkCZ

Sergeant of the Hide
Belligerents
Minuteman
Apr 11, 2018
207
132
49
Hey guys, I recently purchased a 17 hmr Lilja barrel for my CZ457.

this is my first 17 I’ve shot, let alone owned. But would often hear guys either at the range when I’m plinking with my .22 or family friends tell me how I should try .17 as they “shoot one hole”

well I’ve tried a few different rounds.. hornady 20gr xtp, hornady 17gr vmax, cci 17gr vmax, cci a17, and federal 17gr vmax. From what I’m gathering online all of those 17gr vmax are manufactured by CCI but rebranded as whoever? They all shoot about the same so that’d make sense. The cci A17 seemed to shoot the best, but even then it’s very inconsistent.

Is this to be expected now a days with 17hmr? Does anyone know of a consistent ammo? I just placed another order with SGAmmo with 6 different boxes of ammo to try those out, some Remington accutip, some 15.5 grain NTX, cci 17gr TNT, cci VNT, etc

Hope to find something consistent, or I’m beginning to think this Lilja barrel wasn’t worth the cost - not by fault of Lilja but simply because no one makes ammo worth a damn for 17 hmr
My CZ 455 likes the 20 gr ammo best, next is the CCI TNT 17 gr, close is A17. The other tipped bullets next down. My CZ shoots all ammo good, but the CCI 20gr Gamepoints and Hornaday 20 gr XTP are night and day better.
Mark
 

brian01tj

Private
Belligerents
Oct 12, 2010
33
5
12
39
Eagle, ID
Just like Kissofdeath posted, my Tikka T1x also likes most ammo. When I bought I tried several brands and weight bullets. Ive found that the Hornady 17gr vmax are the most reliable at feeding and group size. The 20gr were also good shooters but would occasionally not feed 100%