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Anschutz HMR .17 rounds

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by harry brown, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. harry brown

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    Hi,
    I bought myself a new Anschutz 1517 18" T.H today and have come away with a couple of boxes of Hornady V-Max 17 to zero etc. I was intending to buy several different makes to see which suited my barrel best but was a little surprised to find my RFD only stocked these, apparently there is difficulty getting .17 in the country due to high demand for the round abroad??. Anyhow, I'm sure they're a good round but would be interested to hear others opinions about suitable HMR rounds as I'd like to find one to use without spending loads of dosh experimenting only to find years down the line it there are better out there. Bunny bashing is the primary intention.
    RFD chucked in a couple of boxes but I think they are usually £14.50 a box which is gonna become painfully expensive I fear!! :eek: ;)

    Thanks
     
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    I have the exact same rifle in thumbhole mate. It shoots just great with Hornady Vmax 17 grains as many a victim will testify to :D and that is the ammo i buy for it.

    However, i bought it secondhand and had a job lot of different ammo brands thrown in, including CCI 20 grain hollowpoints and i have used them all with little or no difference to the point of impact. In fact, the rumour is that ALL HMR ammo was recently made solely by CCI in the same factory.

    Enjoy the rifle mate as they are awesome.
     
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    Well known that there has been some iffy batches of the v max17gr, I had some that were totally useless, Edgar bros (the importer) reckoned they were ok after their ballistic people tested them, I'd used them for 7yrs without a hitch, it was almost as if they thought I'd invented the problem, subsequently found out that there had been many complaints around the same time, I use remmies now on principle.
     
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    I think that within the last year or so there were iffy batches of all brands, unsurprising if they all came from the same factory. The last 2 boxes of Hornady i bought about a month ago all had dents in the cases so i had them swapped in the shop before i left. I have used nearly all of them on targets and various live vermin and they have all been bang on.
     
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    It appears that most ammo in HMR are made by CCI in Australia, Hornady v max being the exception. No problems made known about any of the brands except Hornady....makes you wonder, doesn't it!
     
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    Okay thanks for the imput guys. Hopefully these V-Max will be fine but if not I've just read some good comments about the Remmingtons on the net.

    On another note, are hollow point HMR rounds available over here? I was told by my FEO that it wasn't available in the UK, I didn't want to question him too much on that but not sure if he was correct or not?

    Edit- Just re-read and see you had some hollow points included, so my FEO was not quite right then..
     
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    Never heard of or come across HPs in HMR, only the plastic tipped as far as I'm aware bud.
     
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    CCI TNT and CCI Gamepoint are both hollowpoint. There may be more also but both of those are available in the UK.
     
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    Yes they were CCI TNT 20 grain hollowpoints. I have never actually bought any myself but cannot see any reason why they would not be available.

    I have never bought anything other than Hornady vmax as they perfom superbly in my 1517 and i have never had a problem.
    Save yourself some money mate as if yours likes them, then there really is no point buying other ammo just to try.

    I went through most of the different brands that came with my gun and there was no difference apart from shooting very very slightly lower with the 20 grain hollowpoints. As for results on vermin, both vmax and the hollowpoints delivered the same results on headshot rabbits, ie KABLAMMO!

    Use this website to save on ammo as well - http://gundata.org/ballistic-calculator/

    If your sights are mounted higher than the average 1.5 inches above the barrel then your shots need to be slightly lower at 50 yards.
    Be aware that the barrel heats up very quickly and accuracy will get worse as a result so take some time inbetween groupings and shoot out of the wind or on a very calm day when sighting in.
     
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    Not even in 43 years of using firearms? :D :up:
     
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    Thanks for the heads up, I'll let you know how I get on with it and the V-max in a few hours. Just off to a suitable field to zero. :)
     
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    Hornady vmax 17 grain are the ideal feed for my 1517. Rimington boat tail 17gr ain't too bad . Hornady all way for me
     
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    Yes I think the Hornady are fine for my needs. I zero'ed and was happy with the grouping I achieved . I almost bought up the last of the batch my RFD had so I'll buy a decent amount or even possibly my max allowance from his incoming delivery for consistency.
    Thanks for your opinions/thoughts offered guys.
     
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