Recommend a quality 17hmr for sons first rifle.

Discussion in 'Small Stuff--22s, 20s, and 17s' started by chevytruck_83, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. chevytruck_83

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    I'm looking into buying my son's first rifles. Id like to start out with a 17hmr because it's relatively cheap to shoot and the accuracy is phenomenal. I want to get them something they can be proud of when they get older. I'm looking for a bolt action as I think racking the bolt while maintaining cheek weld is an important step to learn. Thanks.
     
  2. moorepower

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    What is your budget?
     
  3. pacificman

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    Years ago I bought my Son a Marlin which turned out to be a good shooting rifle. I bought myself
    a Savage which seems to shoot about as good as the Marlin. I would definitely consider a CZ which
    may be the better of the bunch....but if you really want to go all the way get him a Anschutz..;):D
     
  4. TheOtherZilla

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    Marlin has a good fire arm in 17 HMR. My preference is a CZ 455..
     
  5. Sniper338

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    I got a marlin I wish was a little better... cant get under 3/4 to 1 inch at 100 yards. Scope rail screws are cheaply made, broke them off in the action.. so now im sitting on a gun I cant use, needs the scope rail screws drilled out, re tapped, and better screws used..

    Its been nothing but a PITA
     
  6. Bangs OH

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    Ruger American Rimfire. Have one in 22lr and 22WMR. Both honest 1 moa rifles. Decent trigger adjustable down to 3 lbs. and to about 1 1/2 lbs. with replacement of trigger spring. If needed, the synthetic stock modules permit easy LOP adjustment. Bore scoping of barrels showed minimal tool marks. My 22WMR Ruger out shoots my CZ 455 varmint in 22WMR.

    http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categoryId=734095080&CQ_search=ruger+american+rimfire



     
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  8. Rick in Oregon

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    I've got 17HMR's in a Ruger 77/22 Mag with a Lilja HMR barrel, a CZ 452 Varmint, and an Anschutz 1517 HB. The accuracy goes to the Anschutz, with the Ruger/Lilja not far behind. The CZ is no slouch either. All will shoot well under MOA.

    But if your budget allows, don't mess around with Salvage and Marlin, just go for the real-meal deal; Anschutz. Your sons will be proud of it for their entire lives, and will most likely cherish it as one of their favorites. I picked mine up at a local pawn shop for $700 and have never looked back. The others may go down the road some day, but that Annie will be in my safe when I'm pushin' up daises. It is by far the most accurate 17HMR I've ever shot or been around in the field. Accuracy is just phenomenal.

    A few rock chucks that will attest to just how accurate the Annie really is (head shots only with this caliber):

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    These are true quality rifles that your sons will really appreciate. Be a good dad and get them something they'll really treasure later. Remember, you did say "quality". :)
     
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  9. JLT

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    +1 for the Ruger American Rimfire. Very nice little rifles and the LOP adjustment mentioned comes in really handy with younger shooters.
     
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    I have a Sako Quad that I love. Not cheap bit the accuracy is outstanding and it is a top quality piece he will have for the rest of his life. Also you can swap barrels in about 30 seconds and have a different chambering.

    Nick
     
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  11. bloc

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    I agree with Rick: If you can afford an Annie, get one. Mine (a 1517 DHB) was a (surprise) gift from my wife on the occasion of our 50th anniversary, and it is one guilty pleasure I really covet: I love looking at it, holding it, shouldering it and shooting it.

    I put a 4-16x mildot Nikon Monarch on it and it's the perfect ground squirrel rifle within 100 yards, especially if you like squirrel-chunks. (I have taken squirrels at longer distances, but prefer to shoot closer in.)
     
  12. 17VLD

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    I have a CZ and a quad,both shoot very well,as far as heirloom quality I think Ric and the others are right about the Annie.For a nickel more you can go first class.I am suprised no one mentioned Cooper,that's what I would like for myself.
    Matt
     
  13. varmintshooter

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    I have a cooper model 57 LVT and it is very nice but it is a little heavy to carry in the field compared to a CZ. I would consider selling the cooper as I have 2 other 17HMR's
     
  14. chevytruck_83

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    I'm leaning toward the cz 455 American combo. I think its a good balance of price versus quality. Any nicer and the kids might get discouraged when I wrap the guns in bubble wrap. Haha. The cooper is fantastic but to nice for a first rifle.
     
  15. varmintshooter

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    I think you made a good choice.
     
  16. Rick in Oregon

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    Chevy: I've got a CZ 527 American in 221FB, and it shoots like it's a HB rifle, shooting five-shot groups with my handloads in the .3's, hardly ever over .4". Purty good for a light barreled sporter. You will not be disappointed, neither will your sons. And you won't be afraid to take it into the field, with or without bubble wrap! :D

    Good choice!
     
  17. ND shooter

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    I have an Anschutz, savage, 2 cz 453's, volquartsen, and a ruger semi auto converted by Randy at CPC. Really like them all. All shoot well. If I was you the cz is the best route to go IMO. They shoot extremely well and very nice looking rifles. Mine have adjustable triggers. I think most all do. Best bang for the buck. Most savages shoot well but are lacking in looks and style sometimes depending on models.
     
  18. moorepower

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    I have a Savage that I bedded and did a little trigger work on, and I have a had time believing that any .17HMR will shoot much better with factory ammo, which it all is. I have shot many.5-.6 groups with it. I will admit that the only time I shoot paper with it is to occasionally check zero, which in May was 1/2'. It sure is not an heirloom gun, but very accurate. I would like to try a Ruger American, just for the rotary mag.
     
  19. onelastshot

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    I've got the Anschutz as well as the CZ. Both are great shooters with the Anchutz having a little bit better fit and finish. That being said, the CZ has got an adjustable trigger and is very accurate. It all comes down to how much money you want to spend. Personally speaking, I think the CZ is a great value and would be a rifle he should want to keep for years.
     
  20. chevytruck_83

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    Wow. Just noticed the cz 452 grand finale... wish they were 17hmr..
     

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