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.17 Remington Centerfire Rifle Cartridge

Updated on December 31, 2010

The infamous .17 Rem

The .17 Remington was produced by Remington in the 1970s. It was based on the .223 Remington case and has never seen great popularity. Fouling and poor accuracy were cited but frequent users of the cartridge put these myths to rest. It is a fine cartridge for game up to 75lbs.

.17 Remington as a Predator Round - There is nothing better for fur harvesting

A fine bag of coyotes take by this young hunter and his .17 Remington
A fine bag of coyotes take by this young hunter and his .17 Remington

The .17 Remington has a poor reputation as a barrel fouler, barrel burner, throat burner, inaccurate, not adequate for coyotes, hard to load for and a slim selection of bullets.

I'm here to tell you nothing could be further from the truth. It doesn't foul barrels any more than the other hot predator rounds like the .220 swift and .204 Ruger. It doesn't burn throats or barrels, I personally know of .17s out there with over a 1000 rounds through them without any noticeable loss in accuracy.

I can also vouch for the fact that the .17 is more than adequate for coyote sized game including the tough javelina. I even know people who regularly use it for white tails but I wouldn't recommend going quite that large.

All I'm trying to say is that it's more than adequate for what it was intended for, varmints and predator hunting.

The little .17 is a superb calling rifle because of little to no fur damage. If you're predator hunting you should be skinning them out, really what other reason is there to shoot them? If you don't want to skin them take a camera and shoot them with that. I've been selling fur for years and the .17 makes a tiny entrance that you can't even find until skinning them out. There is rarely and exit.

It could be the best factory predator cartridge on the market today. I have compiled a number of great articles on the .17 Remington and other .17 caliber articles. Be sure to check out my other lenses on predator hunting and the .17 predator wildcat cartridge.

Comparing the parent .223 rem with the .17 rem and a couple of wildcat .17s

Comparing the parent .223 rem with the .17 rem and a couple of wildcat .17s
Comparing the parent .223 rem with the .17 rem and a couple of wildcat .17s

.17 Remington Articles - Learn what the .17 Remington is really like

This is a compilation of articles that talk about the .17 Remington.

A look at most of the .17 caliber centerfires. The only commercially available is the .17 rem we are discussing here

A look at most of the .17 caliber centerfires.  The only commercially available is the .17 rem we are discussing here
A look at most of the .17 caliber centerfires. The only commercially available is the .17 rem we are discussing here

.17 shooters or fans - Let us know what you think about those little .17 caliber pills

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Look at the two assholes smiling. When will a hunting accident occur, hopefully soon!

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      EDawg408 LM 5 years ago

      Very nice round indeed...certainly doesn't have the following that it should.

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      outsource123 7 years ago

      Cheers, that lense was pure awesome.