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I just won a savage 17hmr at a turkey party and was wondering if any of you have one and what you have done to it. What scope you have on it and any other accesories you have for it.

It has no sights on it so I have to pick what scope to put on it.
Thanks

I have posted on another sight about it but want your opinions also
 

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I bought a Savage with the laminate thumbhole stock and the varmint weight barrel around the beginning of June of this year. I got it for hunting woodchucks in some of the areas where houses were in close proximity to the fields I hunt. I was a little concerned with the noise of my centerfires and had been a little dissapointed with the performance of a Savage .22LR I previously had for the job. After hunting with a friend who had a Marlin in .17HMR and seeing first hand how well it worked on woodchucks out to 150yds I decided I needed one.

I can't give enough praise to the little .17HMR. I have mine topped with a 6-24x40 Bushnell scope which really helps pick shot placement on the woodchucks, which is especially important at extended ranges. It's amazingly effective on woodchucks for a little 20gr bullet (my rifle prefers the Hornady 20gr XTP's). I took 46 woodchucks with the little gun this summer (and a couple crows) and all but a couple of them were one shot kills. Everything about it is enjoyable to shoot. It's a low recoil, low noise all around sweet little caliber and I think you'll enjoy it.
 

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With all the people with these guns you would think I would get a good amount of feedback.... thanks chuck hunter!
 

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I'm in the market to buy one at some point, as they seem like really neat little guns.

I think a 2-7 power scope would be just about perfect for that rifle, maybe a 3-9 though I wouldn't go any larger than that.
 

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I have the identical setup as woodchukhtr, down to the make and power of the scope, and the rifle is a incredibally accurate and deadly. I hate the look of the laminated stock because of all the pinks and reads but it provides a stable platform. ONE THING: I highly reccomend that you take off the magazine floor plate and reinforce it with a piece of steel. The factory plate is very flimsey and will not permit you to turn in the screw without bending the plate. I had to carve out some wood that was under the magazine wells plate to fit in the 1/8 piece of steel I used as reinforcement. This little addition made a noticable improvement in the rifles accracy.
 

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Jimsdad, I think you must have the limited edition/special run version with the Jacarda laminate. Mine is strictly the brown laminate. This is a pic of it when I had a Tasco on it for a little while prior to the Bushnell.


I made a couple improvements to the rifle. One was to modify the Accu-trigger to a sub 12oz pull and the other was to bed the entire action and barrel channel. On these little rimfires the action is pretty light and their is very little contact area in the action inletting. This causes two issues; a loose metal to wood fit and not enough wood to allow for a action only bed job. IMO The best solution to the lack of support and poor fit was to bed the whole works. Now the barreled action has zero movement and still shoots like a dream.
 

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Hummmm, that is interesting. How did you drop the trigger pull weight? I'd like to give that try. When you bedded the rifle, did you take out any wood in the action area to accomidate the bedding material? How much bedding compound was needed for the barrel channel? That a pretty big trench to fill. Did you use glass or steel bedding? I might want to give this a go as a winter project.
 

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On my rifle the inletting was already "oversized" and the barrel comes free-floated so their wasn't a need to remove any material per-say. Normally I'll use a higher strength steel bedding compound on my centerfires. But in this case both due to the need for a fair amount of bedding compound and the low recoil of the .17 I used a readily available Devcon 2-part epoxy that I picked it up at Lowes but I believe but it can be found about anywhere. It's a clear drying Devcon that comes in twin tubes. I can't recall the compression strength of it at this point either. At the time I was more concerned with filling the voids and stabilizing the barreled action. When I bought the rifle you could take a hold of the barrel and move the action in the inletting. After the bedding job it's very solid.

"Enhancing" the accutrigger is a simple job but for liabilities sake I'm going to send you a PM with that info.
 
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