I got my self one of those savage A17 rifles that fires 17hmr. While zeroing scope and I was having feeding problems with one of the mags. I was pretty much done and just heating up the barrel to see how the point of aim changes. One of the times the gun didn't cycle turned out to be a squib load. So I chambered another round and of course pulled the trigger and bulged the barrel about 2 inchs down from the muzzle. The muzzle blast is fairly mild so I wasn't even able to tell I had a squib load. Now I have been trying to email savage for 2 days and no replies to send the rifle off for repair. How is their customer service? If you send something to them how long is it typically gone for? I'm going to try and call them first thing this morning. I would just buy a barrel and have a gun smith install it. The A17 appears to use the classic savage barrel nut design and I don't have a barrel wrench. But I can't find any barrels for sale. A 3rd option would be to have a gun smith cut down and recrown the barrel. Don't worry the bulge is so far down the barrel it could be cut down and still be 50 state legal, at almost 19 inches long. Then as a bonus of cutting down the barrel if I get another squib load like that, then the round should clear the barrel. The ammo was CCI 17gr tnt hollow point. EDIT: 4th option. Cut the barrel down my self and do a home grown crown job. Then if it spits out bullets like a smoth bore musket I'll spend $100 on a brownell's .177 Cal pellet rifle 45° muzzle crown chamfer tool and try it again. So this post might turn into a diy gun salvage. Also after reading around on the Internet some testing of a small sample of various 21, 19 and 18 inch barrels show the velocity difference between a 21 inch barrel and a 19 inch barrel is 40 to 60 fps.