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Old 09-06-2018, 05:35 AM
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$250 Savage A17 good video or dumb idea?



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That's "good idea or bad idea". Stupid spell checker!

Local Cabelas has like new used skinny barrel, plastic stock A17 for $250 plus tax. Supposedly only had about 10 rounds through it. All original Savage stickers still on it. Looks new, but no box.

I like HMR and would not mind a semi auto, but the many reports of bad magazine design with failures to eject and magazines falling out is worrisome. The 25 round Butler Creek banana magazines reportedly transform the gun and Brownells has them on sale for $15, but still...no warranty on a used gun, right?

So, is the $250 A17 a pass or a buy? I would only use for target shooting and already have two 93R17's and a CZ 455 in HMR. All bolt guns.

Local Wal Mart had new A17 for $300 recently and I passed.

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Old 09-09-2018, 05:24 PM
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I wouldn't buy one without a warranty.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:26 PM
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I wouldn't buy one without a warranty.
Price went down to $216, so I bought it. First trip to range with factory 10 round magazine loaded with five rounds of Hornady ammo each time yielded one fail to fire each time.

I am hoping it's either the famously awful factory magazine or the non A17 ammo. Butler Creeks mags and A17 ammo on order. We will see.

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Old 09-10-2018, 07:38 AM
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Fail to fire is related to hammer strike and primer, not the mag or feed mechanism (unless it fails to cock or release the striker/bolt).
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:23 AM
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No expert on this. But wasn't the 17 HMR never designed to be operated in a semi-auto? From what I understand, the A22's design was essentially a semi-auto direct blow back on steroids to solve the reliability problem. (They used some sort of delayed blow back mechanism on the bolt)

nopcbs2, did the hammer cock right before the FTF? Was it a light primer strike? Was there a primer strike at all?

Would it be possible that the bolt's blow back delay mechanism has some hangup/friction/resistance that allow another round to chamber but insufficient to fully cock the hammer?
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:50 PM
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Semi auto

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Fail to fire is related to hammer strike and primer, not the mag or feed mechanism (unless it fails to cock or release the striker/bolt).
This being a semi-auto that is infamous for a magazine that is difficult to seat correctly with resulting misfeeds, I think failure to fire is to be expected. I doubt that the misfired are with a round properly seated on the chamber.

Those Butler Creek banana magazines are still on back order, unfortunately.

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Old 09-15-2018, 03:04 AM
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I bought an A17 under identical circumstances and have had no issues. Mine was at a local Fin, Feather and Fur store for $280.00. I have fired CCI, Hornady and Federal ammunition with no issues, including using an additional factory magazine. I settled on the CCI A17 specific ammo for it along with the Bushnell A17 scope.

I did my usual detail strip, clean and lube and have had no issues.


Hope that things work out for the best.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:39 PM
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A17

I have had my A17 for couple of years now and have shot well over 500 rounds through it.I think most people that have a clip issue donít realize the best way to install it is pull the bolt back then insert the clip,it falls right in like I said no issues and I love mine itís a fun great shooter!
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:26 PM
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Thanks

Thanks for the tip. I was waiting for the Butler Creek banana magazines to come, but will try your suggestion.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:57 AM
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I have found that to be the best way to insert mag into my Bmag as well.
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