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#1 Eric Mayer

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 06:03 PM

Part One of our review on the Winchester 17WSM lead free ammunition has been published:

 

Winchester 17WSM Lead Free Ammunition Review

 

Part One covers the following rifles and the accuracy tests for this ammunition:
 

Savage B.MAG Heavy Barrel Stainless Steel (1:9" twist)

Franklin Armory F17-SPR

Thompson-Center Contender Carbine (MGM Barrel)

Ruger 77/17

 

Part Two is now live and the original article has been updated!  Rifles included in part two are the following:

 

Savage B.MAG Heavy Barrel Stainless Steel (new purchase)

Franklin Armory F17-L factory rifle

Franklin Armory F17 build

Franklin Armory F17 build - 1:8" twist

Savage B.MAG original thin barrel
 

We were pleasantly surprised by the accuracy using this ammunition, so look for our results from the second group of rifles later this week.

 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 07:21 PM

Thanks, that was a great report.

It will be interesting to see if the other Savage shooters see an accuracy improvement.


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 07:24 PM

Nice review Eric. Thanks so much for your articles, videos and reviews. Very comprehensive and objective.


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 11:53 PM

Great article, Eric. CA folks should really appreciate it, too.


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:00 AM

Thanks Eric...Nicely done..! Appears that Savage has come through with that heavy barrel. Red might want to step back in the line  B)


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 07:07 AM

Thanks guys!

 

Part two will include another, recently purchased, B.MAG HBSS, so I will be very interested to see how it compares. 

 

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 12:59 PM

Part Two is now live and the original article has been updated!  Rifles included in part two are the following:

 

Savage B.MAG Heavy Barrel Stainless Steel (new purchase)
Franklin Armory F17-L factory rifle
Franklin Armory F17 build
Franklin Armory F17 build - 1:8" twist
Savage B.MAG original thin barrel

 

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 12:03 AM

Well done, Eric. It appears the 15.5gr shoots better in the 1:8 barrels, yes?


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 09:25 PM

My Savage HBSS is a 1:9", as is all my other rifles except the one Franklin Armory.  So actually, no. Instead, I found that the 1:9" is more accurate with these 15 grainers.  The only weird anomaly, was the original Savage B.MAG, which performed horribly.  I'm very eager to shoot the Franklin 1:8" upper with the 25 grain bullets to see if it groups better than in my other rifles.

 

Btw, the second Savage HBSS that my buddy just purchased has not been checked to see if it is 1:8, or 1:9.  Crazy, but they still don't say it flat-out on which one you are buying.

 

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 11:42 PM

I am very happy to hear the light pill shoots well in the 1:9, as my rifle barrel is a 1:9.

 

Strange but true, my 1:9 likes both the 20gr and 25gr. Being a first generation black skinny barreled BMAG, there must be something odd about my rifle, seeing as how the same rifle receives poor scores by some owners.