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NEF heavy barrel .17HMR

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by .45Guy, Jul 29, 2011.

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  1. .45Guy

    .45Guy Member

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    I've recently aquired one in a package trade, and I'm wondering what I should do with it. If I keep it, I'll have to invest in rings and glass, but having no real experience with the NEF break action, or .17HMR I'd like some input onn the quality of the rifle before shelling out the cash.
     
  2. Craigman

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    its should shoot pretty good. Both my Handi-Rifles are great. 25-06 and 500s&w. From what I have read, they are hot of miss on accuracy and quality. just get cheap bases and scope. Wallmart stuff should be sufficiant. If not, you're not out much. Maybe some good rings, so you can re-use them later.
     
  3. .45Guy

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    I'll give the wal-mart specials a shot. I have 50 acres that are over run with whistle pigs, and the .17 seems like a viable replacement for the old Glenfield 25.
     
  4. Get R Done Guns

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    Really can't go to wrong with a single shot 17. It will shoot just fine.
     
  5. BigN

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    I've got one and at 100 yards, shoots as accurate as any of the more expensive high powered centerfires I have. Great caliber, riot to shoot, cheap ammo.
     
  6. 303tom

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    Don`t have a .17 , but I have a bunch of other Handi-Rifles I think they are great !
     
  7. DUNEZRUNNER

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    I bought one last year. I haven't shot it further than 100 yards, but it shoots better than I can. 5 shots can be covered by a quarter. Love the gun, wish I could shoot it more.

    Thomas
     
  8. TexasPatriot.308

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    agree with the NEFs being hit or miss (pardon the pun) only been around 2 and that was the case with them, one was a shooter, other wasnt. also action would break open on mine when I shot sometimes. (.22-250).....and what is a "whistle pig"? my .17 is a Savage and a tackdriver at that, also heavy barrel. with 20 grain hunting ammo, I drop big hogs in their tracks with head shots, also little bullett does massive internal damage with body shots, great, fun round.
     
  9. wingman

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    Must be luck of the draw and I drew two bad ones neither would shoot to a point I thought they were usable tried all the tricks found on various boards I could achieve a fair group on occasion but never consistent, sold one have the other in safe drawing dust.
    Two piece stock, break open action not a good combination for consistency IMO, ok for a farm truck gun putting down livestock otherwise would not want to depend daily on one.
     
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    I had one once upon a time. It was definately inconsistent.

    I also had one in .223 and it was very consistant in that it never shot a half way decent group.

    I'm sure there are some good handi-rifles out there. I just didn't get one in two tries and that's enough for me.
     
  11. NCsmitty

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    I have a NEF Sportsman in 17 HMR and it will shoot the Hornady 17gr BT around 1" pretty consistently at 100 yards. The heavier 20gr runs around 1.5" or so.

    It doesn't get shot much anymore due to the high cost of ammo. Ammo was $6.95 a box when I bought the rifle, now it's almost double that at most places.

    I can load my 222 and 223 for around that, and have better range.

    For those who do not reload, the 17 HMR does offer a viable choice for varmints and small game.



    NCsmitty
     
  12. .45Guy

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    Texas, a whistle pig is a groundhog. We just call them that because they sometimes make a little whistle when they're pokin their heads out of the den.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. wingman

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    When I moved to Texas some 30 years ago I was talking with shooters about whistle pigs and they ask if I was speaking about my girl friend, rough crowd.:D
     
  14. .45Guy

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    I think I'm going to end up pulling the scope off the Glenfield today just to see if it will be worthwhile to purchase something for the NEF. If it's a lemon, I may use it as trading fodder.
     
  15. TexasPatriot.308

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    glad we dont have whistle pigs down here, we got plenty varmints as it is.
     
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