17 Ackley Hornet build in the works

Discussion in 'Small Stuff--22s, 20s, and 17s' started by HillbillysniperSWVA, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. HillbillysniperSWVA

    HillbillysniperSWVA

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    Building me a 17 Ackley Hornet on a CZ 527 action with Shilen barrel. Hoping to make a nice walking groundhog gun and somethin to shoot 175-200 yard Fox squirrels this Fall!!
     
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  2. rickiesrevenge

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    Love my 17ah's!!

    Aaron
     
  3. Geno C

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    Has the brass quality ever improved? I was looking when they first became commercially available and no one was having very much luck with the brass quality. I've recently been pondering building one myself.
     
  4. Tommie

    Tommie Silver $$ Contributor

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    Maybe you're thinking of the 17 Hornady Hornet? The OP is building a 17 Ackley Hornet. Similar, but not the same.
     
  5. moorepower

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    Hopefully your using a reamer that allows you to shoot the factory ammo as well. It is nice to be able to buy your ammo on occasion.
     
  6. shoot4fun

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    I love my CZ527 17AH but, knowing what I know now, I would have gone with the 17 Hornady Hornet instead. I worked my jazz off to form brass and lost about 30% in the process of fire forming. WW brass, at least the 700 I bought, is jut not very good.
     
  7. Geno C

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    I was thinking the Hornady hornet. Sorry for the mix up.
     
  8. B23

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    My little CZ 527 Varmint 17 Hornet, like most of the others that I hear about, shoots so darn good right out of the box I don't know that I'd ever have one built. Unless of course, I shot the barrel out of mine, then I'd go with a custom barrel but I'm guessing it'll take a VERY long time to shoot the barrel out of one of these little 17 HH's.
     
  9. spencerhenry

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    my cooper model 38 in 17AH shoots extremely well.
    I have formed and used 500 brass, never lost a single case during forming. Using RCBS form dies and full length dies. Annealed after fire forming. Fire form loads also shoot nearly one hole at 100.

    Its perfect for ground squirrels.
     
  10. Rick in Oregon

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    Could not agree more. My 17AH was built prior to the advent of the 17HH, but having factory brass available is a nice thing sometimes. Like Spencer, I've only lost two cases out of 1,000 during forming. I also anneal immediately after forming and neck turning, so I attribute the very small case loss to this factor.

    17AH, Ruger No.3 action, Pac-Nor SS Super Match 10T @ 22", B&C synthetic stock, bedded/floated. The thing is the same size as a 10-22, but worries ground squirrels out to 400.

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    Mine launces the 20gr V-Max at 3,860 fps over a stiff charge of A1680 with accuracy in the .3's. A very fun little rifle that I can see all my hits/misses at any range, and is miserly on powder. What's not to like? :)
     
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  11. AckleymanII

    AckleymanII Gold $$ Contributor

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    I shot N110 and H110 in my 17 AH with 20g Bergers. My groups shrank to high 1's and low 2's with the 110's, br4 primer, bullet touching the lands..200 yard groups were fantastic also, much smaller than with AA1680 as the range got longer.

    I shot Win brass.
     
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  12. Phil

    Phil Gold $$ Contributor

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    My .17 AH is long gone, but I used a stiff load of N-120 and Nagle 20gr. bullets, nothing else came close for me.....

    Cooper MTV M-38.

    It was a fun round, definitely an over achiever, my hands are too big for this small caliber in a small action so it found a new home..
     

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