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Old 09-12-2019, 07:56 PM
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Winchester 17HMR recall

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Olin Winchester, LLC is recalling two (2) lots of 17 HMR 20 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Rimfire rifle ammunition.
Symbol: X17HMR1
Lot Numbers (last four characters): NB51 and NB61
Winchester has determined the above lots of 17 HMR ammunition may contain no powder charges. Ammunition with no powder charges may result in a bullet remaining in the barrel (i.e., a bullet-in-bore obstruction). Firing a subsequent bullet into the bore obstruction could cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable and subjecting the shooter and bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® 17 HMR 20 GRAIN JHP SYMBOL X17HMR1 THAT HAS A LOT NUMBER ENDING IN NB51 or NB61. The ammunition Lot Number is stamped on the top of the 1000-round case and the outside of the 50-round plastic box as indicated here.

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol and Lot Number. If it is Symbol X17HMR1 and the last four characters of the Lot Number are NB51 or NB61, immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 844-653-8358 for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol X17HMR1 with Lot Numbers ending in NB51 and NB61. Other Symbols or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 17 HMR rimfire rifle ammunition recall, please call toll-free 844-653-8358, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 | Attn: X17HMR1 Recall), or visit our website at

We apologize for this inconvenience.

September 12, 2019
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Thanks for the heads up. I dont own an HMR, but many do and this potentially, life saving information.
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:42 PM
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Thank you for the heads up! I just purchased some 20gr last month and haven't fired it yet. Now, I need to go look.

As I used to teach my Soldiers for the last 26 years: Beware a pop and no kick!!

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FWIW a friend and I had a lot of FTF's with Winchester's 20gr 17HMR about three years ago. Range day, we both took our Browning T Bolt's out. I forgot to bring ammo so we shot up his. Anything that did not fire after a safe time period was rechambered and shot, still ended up with about fifteen percent that would not light off a second time. Didn't think too much of that, figured "Who knows?"

So a few days later I went to the range. I had a hundred rounds I bought on sale at Cabela's, took it out. Similar results.

I read here that there were more than a few of shooters having the same problem. That evening I called my friend and had him check the lot number of that box (bought at Bass Pro) and surprise, same lot number.

Next day I called Winchester. Was sent a call tag. Returned what he and I had left of Winchester ammuntion. About three weeks I received a refund check that he and I divvied up. Of the two problems I would much rather have my FTF.
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