Reloading the .17 HMR


March 29, 2003, 04:21 PM

Well now you clicked on this thread to tell me that you can't reload .17 HMR or any other rimfire. Well, my ? is, why not?

Why couldn't companies sell .17HMR brass, primed and ready to go. Then the handloader could add powder and bullet. What's the point? I don't know. They could tweak the round for all the normal advantages. You could vary bullet weight, bullet type, cheap bullets, expensive bullets. Vary seating depth for you rifle. Make quiet loads for you young'un to shoot or squirrels.

This picture is of some really small bores some genius makes. He pulls the bullets on .22lr and resizes. I'm actually surprised people aren't doing this with .22 magnums and cooking up .17HMR loads!

(I've forgotten where I got this pic, but it's not mine. I don't know how internet plaigerism works)


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March 29, 2003, 05:28 PM

The main problem with not buying primed brass is how are you going to load something that has the primer on the rim where the shell holder grips the case. That would be dangerous. Second if it could be done safely you would have to go throug hall the work of sizing , trimming new brass to proper length, deburring and bullet seating for something that is shot up quickly and you couldn't even reuse the brass case. I would start to be more expensive then buying factory. Once the round proves itself in the market therewill most likely be more bullets choices offered

March 29, 2003, 05:33 PM
Yeah I guess, if u can't reuse it then it wouldn't be worth it for most. I just wanted to share the pic. The one on the right is a .10

March 29, 2003, 08:45 PM
I never thought about it................. 'cause improving the perfect performance of my H&R .17HMR never crossed my mind!

March 29, 2003, 11:40 PM
The tolerances of the .17 HMR are unique. It took Hornady a long time to manufacture a viable round, let alone mass produce it. I don't think the .17 HMR will ever be handloaded to any success. Hopefully factory .17 ammo will come down in price as mass production and the number of guns sold in the caliber increase.

March 30, 2003, 09:51 AM
Are you sure he didn't send you an Adobe Photoshop creation?
I can't imagine what that caliber on the far right would be, a .10 you say? Does he buy his bullets from some unknown merchant in Brazil or make those himself too?

The .17HMR is still a sight high price-wise, but hopefully that'll change over the next five years. As for the .22LR, I kinda like paying .89 a box of fifty, too much to mess with any odd ball 5 grain .10 caliber rimfire I'd have to load myself. ;)

Interesting enough picture, though.

March 30, 2003, 10:00 AM
I think it goes .22, .20, .14, .12, .12, .10; and the two bullets on the right are homemade solids. I didn't get if a gun existed to shoot them out of. I guess they'd work for sniping mice or garden slugs.:D

March 30, 2003, 07:00 PM
You could always do .17 Remington. Its ballistics are almost the same as .17hmr, but Im not sure what rifle is even chambered for .17Rem??? woudl there be a way to convet a .17hmr rifle to a .17Rem?
BTW I know nothing about .17Rem, I read about it some and have reloading data for the round.


March 30, 2003, 08:25 PM
.17Rem rifles can be found, just look for the real (real) dusty ones in the back of the shop!!!

Red Label
March 31, 2003, 12:39 AM
I shot a .17HMR today for the first time and I was impressed with what the little bullet could do on a water filled milk jug at 100 yds. But is anyone actually using this cute little gizmo for some actual killing? What will it do. Squirrels and crows are obvious. How will it do on a groundhog. a .22 mag will do a groundhog just fine. What else?

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