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First Look: .17 Winchester Super Magnum

by G&A Online Editors   |  January 4th, 2013 20


Plinker, competitor, small-game getter and predator taker. Yes sir, the rimfire serves plenty of purposes and in doing so has become America’s darling; it’s fun to shoot, cheap to use and just plain efficient. But if you thought for a second that there were no more conceivable variations to market, then  Winchester Ammunition’s got news for you with its brand new .17 Winchester Super Magnum.

This new load spits a 20-grain bullet at 3,000 fps, and a 25-grain load at 2,600 fps with energy levels right at 400 foot-pounds and 375 foot-pounds respectively—150 pounds more than the 17 HMR and solid 60 foot pounds more than the hottest .22 Winchester Magnum loading. Plus, when it comes to factors like wind drift and drop, the .17 Win. Super Mag. beats the HMR by half, and when it comes to the wind-challenged .22 Win. Mag., it simply leaves it in the dust.

Check out Petersen’s Hunting editor Mike Schoby trying out the .17 Win. Super Mag. at the range.

Head over to Petersen’s Hunting for the full story on this great new load from Winchester.

  • Dan

    Nice looking round but will it be like the 17 hornet? 2-3 years and no one is making a rifle that will chamber the round?

    • Nathan

      By "no one is making a rifle" are you referring to Savage, Ruger, and coming next month CZ-USA? I have 2 Savage 17 hornets and have seen others at the local shops

      • t-bone

        we just came from a dealer show last weekend. and the ammo is in production now and the gun is about 3-4 months out. It will be made by savage w/ an accu-trigger and a rotary magazine

    • fred

      dan–you worry too much.

    • James

      '17 hornet? 2-3 years and no one is making a rifle that will chamber the round?'

      Yes. I understand their motivation…I mean, every company wants to sell more. But they've been churning out new God knows how many calibers over the past years, all of which are 'so much better than what came before'…and then disappear. The first test I read about this cartridge the guy had to load the cartridges one at a time and pry some of the cases out with a knife. Wow, sounds really well though out design.

  • Doug

    Sure, cheap to shoot. $1.50 per shot..

  • Kenny – Tampa


    • Digitus

      Dick's Sporting Good caved in to Democrats and pulled ARs and .223 ammo off their shelves. I will never set foot in a Dick's Sporting Goods again. Playing PC doesn't cut it.

      • shootbrownelk

        Right you are Digitus, I sent Dicks an e-mail informing them that they caved just like S&W did with the "Clinton-Gang" and that they sucked!
        They did reply, said they valued my input.
        Yeah, Right. Cabelas pulled "Modern Sporting rifles off the shelves in Conneticut as well.
        Give the "Obamas Gun Grabbers" an inch, and they'll take a mile. This is not the time to cave-in to anti-gun pressure.

  • joe old

    what is the price

  • DHConner

    And what will it do that my .22-250 Ackley Improved 40degree shoulder won't? I can reload much cheaper than that, and with 35 grain Berger projectiles that scream through the chronograph at about 5,075 feet per second on a good day, there isn't a whole lot from deer size down. I know, I know–it requires perfect brain shot placement, but P.O. Ackley showed that his .228 Ackley Magnum could take mule deer and any animal smaller than that. These 2 last .17 magnums that have come out are tinker toys for those with more money than sense, I think. Get a Savage Heavy barrel .22-250 and have re-chambered the Ackley version cited above. Put a good (doesn't have to be a Nightforce or other Ft. Knox busting one) scope on it like a Bushnell Elite, an go sic 'em.


    • Jack Geisz

      you don't have to go to all that with an improved 22-250. I have been hunting with a 22-250 for over 40 years and have killed deer from Florida to Pennsylvania with it. When Nosler came out with their 60 gr solid base boattail that was all it needed. and talk about a hog buster, I'm talking about big ones, 200 lbs, think shoulder plates, for those who know what I am talking about. Nosler stopped making the solid base 60 grainer but they make the60 gr partition which is even better but more expensive, Jack

  • Ted

    I have been patiently waiting or the new .17 Hornet CZ 527 to hit the retail market. Then I saw this new round. Bullet for bullet the .17 WSM appears to be about 600fps slower than the .17 Hornet but if the retail price of the rimfire actually sells for .30 to .35 cents per round I will probably go with it. I do not handload. If I did I would go with the .17 Hornet. The Savage rifle being designed for the .17 WSM is rumored to have a msrp of about $350.00…street prices should prove to be less. Sounds like a good deal to me.

    • Chris Bowie

      according to DHCONNER you have more money than brains LOL

  • Bill

    The Savage 17 Winchester Super Mag Rimfire..$349 retail…Super rifle.

  • shootbrownelk

    Ted, 30 to 35 cents a round? That's doubtful.

  • Daniel

    I dont remember the website but think its midway you can now order .17 WSM box of 50 for $14.99. Its a rimfire cartridge so should be cheap to shoot.


    Not sure if now is the best time to come out with a new cartridge when they can't keep ammo on shelves to begin with.

  • Col. John

    Still love my .17 mock two!

  • Robert Wohlfeil

    Great cartridge. It is unfortunate that Savage is building an inferior gun for it. Winchesters gun is over priced. Perhaps another manufacture will step up?

    Bob Wohlfeil

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