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Old 03-02-2020, 11:06 PM
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Bmax vs. Ruger American .17 WSM.



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I have not heard much about the .17 WSM Ruger American. So, has anyone been able to compare the Ruger American to the Savage BMAX? I've never been a Savage fan, but I'm suprised the Ruger isn't talked about more.
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Old 03-03-2020, 01:00 AM
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Don't think there is a Ruger WSM American? There is a Ruger 77/17WSM still available? Cost about double that of the Savage Bmag.
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Old 03-03-2020, 11:59 AM
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There is no American in 17 wsm, that limits how much press it will get. Just the more premium 77 series.

The savage is offered at almost every store I've ever been, most options range from mid 200s to the mid 400s. So it's going to sell a lot more.

In my home state I've not seen a 77/17 wsm on the shelf in 3 years. In my loop around the Pac nw there was a blue one in Pendleton for 1k. That will limit sales compared to the b mag.
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Old 03-03-2020, 01:29 PM
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I've got some months while the ATF is polishing my suppressor to hope for a RAR in wsm.
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Old 03-03-2020, 04:10 PM
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I've got some months while the ATF is polishing my suppressor to hope for a RAR in wsm.
It certainly doesn't hurt to hope, but I know which one of those two I'd be putting my money on.

They just had Shot Show a few weeks ago and for the most part, doesn't sound like there is much new in the way of the 17 WSM.

This new Bmax sounds kinda interesting though.
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Old 03-03-2020, 10:01 PM
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You are correct. It was late at night and I was looking at the .22 WMR
Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 03-24-2020, 04:52 PM
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I am betting we will never see a RAR in 17wsm as the action design cannot come close to handling the pressure. Which is why it only is available in the 77. Complete different action
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I am betting we will never see a RAR in 17wsm as the action design cannot come close to handling the pressure. Which is why it only is available in the 77. Complete different action
There's NOT that much pressure difference between the 17 HMR & the 17 WSM https://saami.org/wp-content/uploads...2018-06-13.pdf About 26,000 psi for the 17 HMR and 33,000 psi for the 17 WSM. And those are maximum deviations realistically its probably less than 7,000 psi 7,000psi does not an action killer make.
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Old 03-24-2020, 08:13 PM
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It may or may not be a pressure related issue.

It certainly is an issue with length of the trigger guard and the magazine. In the 77 series ruger already has a developed action that only takes modification to make work with the 17 wsm. The American series has no intermediate length action series between the standard rimfire and the short action 223 bolt face cartridges.

My guess is as of yet it isn't worth making an action to compete with the 77 action, not a lot of guns in that space other than it.

Weather or not the pressure is the issue its doubtful ruger would just wing it considering the potential for litigation if an issue did arise.
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