Savage 93R17 A Real Class Act


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For years Savage was noted for its line of inexpensive rimfire rifles, but their top-of-the-line 93R17 is one classy rimfire.

When it was introduced in 2002, the .17 HMR (Hornady Magnum Rimfire) gained instant recognition and became wildly successful almost overnight. Propelling a 17gn V-Max bullet at an unheard of 2550 fps, the flat-shooting .17 HMR shot 89mm flatter than the.22Magnum Rimfire at 200 metres and drifted 58mm less in a 16 kph wind. Its accuracy was phenomenal too. In factory tests, using a Wiseman-barreled Marlin rifle Hornady’s bottleneck rimfire round delivered groups measuring .460 at 100yds. and 1.005 MoA at 200 yds! 

In the past eight years, all kinds of .17 HMR rifles appeared – from heavy-barreled varmint outfits to handy-dandy leverguns and I’ve tested most of them. As well, major ammomakers such as Winchester, Remington, Federal and CCI began churning out millions of rounds of .17 HMR ammo, so that today we have a choice of projectile types and weights.

Most of the rifles chambered in .17 HMR look as homely as mom’s apple pie, and when it comes to accuracy, they all shoot up a storm. The Savage 93R17 is a horse of a different colour – it looks as good as it shoots and is a very good looking firearm indeed.


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