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5MM Remington magnum rimfire

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ivanimal, May 26, 2003.

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  1. Ivanimal

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    Does anyone out there still shoot this, or, am I the only one left?:confused:
     
  2. Riphalman

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    You may be the only one left, Bud......

    but I gotta ask. What are you feeding that puppy? I can't imagine that there would be much ammo available out there.
     
  3. redneck2

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    Had a guy..

    wanted to sell me one the other day

    $200...had 200 rounds of ammo. Prolly a good deal, but I'm not at the "good deal" point right now

    Besides, after the first 2 days and the 200 rounds were history, I'd be outta fodder
     
  4. PJR

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    redneck:

    It was a good deal if it was vintage Remington ammo and it and the box were in good condition, the ammo was worth more than the gun. I've seen this ammo go for $50 a box and more to collectors.

    Then sell the gun for parts. You might have made a profit.
     
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    What are the specs on the round?
    Is it just a bit more potent than the 17HMR?
    When the HMR was first introduced I asked the local gunsmith what he thought of it. He responded that it was like making chicken salad with chicken s***. He claimed that Remington make a great 17 that they discontinued. Is this it?
     
  7. Riphalman

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    No, MLC.....

    this isn't it. The 5mm was an interesting experiment which was way ahead of it's time. Had it been introduced today, it'd have likely been a great sucess. It seems we're ready for something new and different even if it's not substantially better.
     
  8. redneck2

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    The .17 Remington..

    was a centerfire

    4,000+ fps. Quickly got a perhaps not-so-well-deserved reputation for being finicky.

    Interesting varmint round. Check out the Coyote Gods website. They use 'em a lot.
     
  9. redneck

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    5mm Rem was a .22 mag necked down to .20 . Don't know specifics on bullet weight or velocity, but it had some zip. Buddy of mine still has one but can't find ammo. Said that hunting squirrel with it was only good if you were out to see them explode.
    Never shot it myself. Sounds like an interesting idea, although the .17HRM is probably more what people were looking for when they made the 5mm. Probably can't make anything flatter shooting in the .22mag case, and a bigger rimfire chambering probably wouldn't fly.
     
  10. MLC

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    I didn't mean to infer that the 17 Rem and the 5mm Rem were the same. I wondered if the 5mm REm was the one that was discontinued despite being popular.
     
  11. Ivanimal

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    The Remington 5 MM rimfire magnum was offered in two rifles a tube fed bolt action and a plastic magazine fed bolt action Models 591/592 1970-1974. (28,000 made and sold)
    They spat out a 38 grain hollow pointed projectile at 2500 fps. These rifles in my opinion are the best squirrel guns I have ever used. No real recoil, decent quality manufacturing, absolute expansion upon impact.
    I have a lot of ammo so I still shoot both of mine regularly. Two different companies make a centerfire conversion for these but I am not interested in altering my rifles. These are not collectors items or rare and unusual things, they are just fun.
    The old west scrounger has been threatening for two years to have Aguila make him some loaded ammo, it looks as though they may be close.
    Many people have speculated as to why remington stopped making this rifle and ammo, a representative for Eley gave me the most believable answer. ( the gun sold well and was gaining popularity among varminters) It seems that the munitions plant in New York had a disastrous fire due to the extremely volitile primer mixture neede in manufacture of this fast rimfire. The date of the fire and the last known batch of ammo are conspicuosly close.

    I guess its just me and my 5mm left now.

    ( there were about 20,000 contender barrels made for this caliber as well)
     
  12. Ivanimal

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    There are really no similarities in case size or structure to the 22 magnum, they are not even close. A rimfire enthusiast would know that the 5MM was the first new rimfire since the 22 mag was introduced in the fifties. It was a totally new design.
     
  13. Riphalman

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    Hey, Ivanimal.....

    When you speak of squirrel guns, I assume you must be referring to your western ground squirrels. Back east, here in hillbilly country our squirrel guns are for the tree rat variety. Some of us even eat them, so the destructive nature of the 5mm would never do. Best with .22 rimfire and head shots.
     
  14. Ivanimal

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    You are certainly right Riphalman the destructive nature of this round would not do a meat hunter, unless you could assure a head shot. I am not that good a marksman. I usually do get the hind quarters out of these smaller varmints. That is usually all we end up eating anyhow the time it takes to cook one down usually dries out the front legs.

    I am sorry if I sounded condesending in my last post, I am not a rimfire enthusiast, I just like the 5MM. The way I explainer the cartridge is verbatim of how it was explained to me. When I re read what I wrote it sounded snobby...sorry.
     
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    Ivanimal - I don't shoot it, but someone in central VA does.

    A local shop had almost of case of HP ammo last year that they'd picked up from a private seller and they told me that one man had already been in and bought the other 2 cases. I don't know what he paid by the case, but what they had left was $50 a box.

    John
     
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    Dad's got a rifle in that caliber; we always wondered what it was. He just bought it because he'd never heard of it.

    :D
     
  17. Ivanimal

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    I bought mine for 180 bucks it came with 20 boxes of ammo I had no idea I was getting such a good deal, since then I will pay 20-30 bucks a box when I can find it and I will buy all the rifles I get my hands on. I also bought the 17 HMR to compare. I like the 17 but love the 5MM, nothing makes as loud a THWAAPPPPP! when it hits. maybe its the hollow pointed scored meplat that expands so violently when it hits. Yeah it was ahead of its time.
     
  18. Riphalman

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    hey, Ivanimal.....

    no offense taken.
     
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    5mm remington magnum

    Last month an empty 5mm box went for about %65.00 on Ebay. I have a full box in new condition...will sell:)
     
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    "I guess its just me and my 5mm left now."

    There's at least one more guy out there somewhere. A few years ago a local shop picked up three cases and sold them for $50/box. One guy bought two cases, so I hope he's still shooting his rifle.

    John
     
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    STILL LOOKING FOR 5MM AMMO, PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU HAVE ANY, OR NO WHERE I CAN FIND IT THANKS, SCGGSJ@AOL.COM
     
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    There was somebody at a flea market near me trying to sell two remingtons with some ammo for $500 each, with chunks of the stocks missing.
     
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