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Author Topic: Flying a 17 REM  (Read 265 times)

Offline Dutch-Hunter

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Flying a 17 REM
« on: August 31, 2019, 05:56:50 PM »
I took my new to me 17 REM for a walk today. A short walk for this lil fella is still a long one for this old fella. Sure is a sweet gun. Itís a Cooper Model 21 Varminter Extreme a Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x50mm Side Focus sat on top. A 26Ē stainless barrel was waiting to launch. All I did to it was set the trigger pull to 2 pounds. From what I was told the original owner didnít think it was enough gun for yotes. I guess whatever! It was to my advantage. It came with 3 Ĺ boxes of Nosler Varmageddon Tipped Flat Base ammo. Now back to the rangeÖ

74 degrees, 51% Relative Humidity, 30.07 PB, Wind 8-12 at 4 Oíclock, elevation 1050
I first zeroed at 150, set a target at 300. I didnít use a rest, I did however use a bench and off my fist.

After I had it zeroed which only took 3 shots to realize it was dead on but cranked out 2 more to establish average muzzle velocity. I only had to adjust the scope to my eye. The average velocity was 4215. Screaminí little missile!  The attached target is a 10 shot group with a 5 minute rest in between shots. As you can see shot 1either the wind or the shooter messed up. The trajectory table said I needed 3.8 MOA wind adjustment. OK stupid read the table. Well it was deffinately the shooter for shot 2, me thinks it was over compensation. Shot 3 was definitely the wind just as the sear fell I saw the wind sock flip. The flight time for the bullet to travel this distance is .281 of a second. Shots 4 & 5 was again the shooter not keeping my fist clench tight. Shots 6,7 9 & 10 are acceptable. Shot 8 is money, if I only had my eyes open.  @--0--0137

 I think the next time I take a walk with this guy Iíll bring a rest along. I believe when I get to loading for this I hope to cut holes. Well thatís the goal as usual. Iíve been reading all of Boís range adventures and got jealous so I got back at it.
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Flying a 17 REM
« on: August 31, 2019, 05:56:50 PM »
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Flying a 17 REM
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2019, 03:19:02 PM »
A friend who has one killed a pig with it. Factory ammo, but he shot it just below the ear.
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Offline Split toe

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Re: Flying a 17 REM
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2019, 10:50:04 PM »
You'll enjoy shooting that little smoker...yote's want know what hit them! Wind will play a big factor with that 20gn pill... @--0--0133
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Flying a 17 REM
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 08:09:56 PM »
Good to hear that you are getting some PRACTICE in Dutch!  --099-780

26" strikes me as a long barrel for that little screamer, do you think that's giving you much additional velocity over a 22 or 24" barrel?
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Re: Flying a 17 REM
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 08:05:37 AM »
Nice rig not bad shooting for balling up your fist!! I think the Coyotes will not be in love with it.  @--0--0123 @--0--0123
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Offline notsams

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Re: Flying a 17 REM
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2019, 04:55:45 PM »
Dutch   I had a 17 Rem in a REm 700 Classic years ago. Nice rifle and shot very well. I too don't think its a very good yote gun but that just means you should shoot smaller animals with it. We would fill a 20 oz pop bottle with water and lay it on it's side. then shoot a hole in the cap of the bottle and the bullet would not exit the bottle. I used the 25 gr HP and the 20 GR V-max bullets in it but liked the 20 gr best. Powder selection was vey important. Some powders would fowl the barrel enough in 30 rounds to cause groups to open up considerably.  I sold it and bought a .204 Ruger so I could shoot a heavier bullet, but the 32 Gr bullets in the 204 don't work real good on Coyotes either.       As always, this is just my opinion.    Enjoy the new rifle and shoot smaller varmints with it.


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