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: Need A Good 17 Remington Load

02-07-2007, 09:53 AM
Any of you all have any good loads for the 17 Remington, all I have to load with right now is some 20 grain Hornady's. Thanks for the help I appreciate it! Have a good one! :)

02-07-2007, 01:36 PM
Go to 25 Gr. Bergers and IMR 4320 25.0 is MAX reference Hodgdon No. 27. I'd start low and work up slowly .17's take a big jump in pressure in a hurry.

My gun shoots best very near 24 Grains.

02-07-2007, 03:13 PM
I am using 25gr Hornadys with a stiff dose of W-748 in my T/C.

02-07-2007, 03:17 PM
I've had real good luck with Varget and Benchmark . Never used any 20 grain bullets in my 17 Remington's though , I save the 20's for the smaller cased 17's .

Dwayne TX
02-07-2007, 03:38 PM
I like H380 - meters well and gives good accuracy for me. I got a pound of AA2700 as it's supposed to give good velocity with less pressure, but haven't loaded any with it. The H380 load is in Hogdon's manual.

02-07-2007, 07:09 PM
Go to 25 Gr. Bergers and IMR 4320 25.0 is MAX reference Hodgdon No. 27. I'd start low and work up slowly .17's take a big jump in pressure in a hurry.

My gun shoots best very near 24 Grains.

You cant go wrong with this info. I would recommend CCI BR-4 primers. Once you find an accuracy node with the powder, tweak the seating depth on your bullet. There will be a definite sweet spot. You should be able to make a screaming load with IMR 4320. My 30gr. load I use Varget. I have not clocked it yet though. T.

Jim in Idaho
02-07-2007, 07:42 PM
Kenny...what powders do you have available to you?

02-07-2007, 09:28 PM
I have 4320, 3031, Win. 748, and Varget. The bullets are 20 grain Hornady V-Max, that's all my local store has at this time. Thanks again, oh by the way, my gun is a T/C carbine. Take care!

Jim in Idaho
02-07-2007, 09:51 PM
In order of velocities, Kenny, I'd try 21.5 3031 first, then 22.7 748, then 22.7 Varget, then 22.7 4320. These loads should produce about 4,100fps with the 20 V-max. None of these are max loads, but start low and workup, as always.

02-07-2007, 10:15 PM
I shoot Varget in my Sako 75 17Rem Use 24.5gr and a 20 gr bullet Vmax. Also shoot the same load with 25gr bullets.
MAKE sure you work up to my load! The 20 gr bullets don't shoot as well as the 25gr bullets in my gun.

02-08-2007, 11:24 AM
I shot the barrel out of two Sako Vixen sporters with 25g Rem's, 24.0g of IMRR 4320. The loads copper fouled the barrel, velocity was 4150...way to fast for the poor quality barrels that were on these rifles.

My hunting partner and I shot the barrels out of two 700's shooting 28.0g of 760 with 25g Rems. This is another sreaming load that foul the barrel real quickly.

Next, we went to 21.5g of AA2015 with a 25g Berger, velocity at 3900 fps, copper fouling way down and powder fouling next to nothing, Shilen SS barrel.

By the time That I found the load with 2015, I was sick to death of a 17 Remington. One thing for sure, it is a great cartridge for yotes, and it is a great cartridge for guys that sell cleaning patches, solvents, and brushes because as you go over 4000 fps, you rifle will lay down some copper like nothing that you can imagine unless you have a very good custom barrel like Lilja.

Waxing your bullets in a 17 goes a long way in cutting down copper fouling, to say the least.

If you decide to try some of the loads that I have listed, back off 1.5g and work up to be on the safe side.

Good luck!

D Toad
02-08-2007, 10:25 PM
I use the 20 gr. V-max in my .17 Rem. with 21.5gr. N-133 and they are incredibly accurate out of my factory Rem 700 with 24" sporter, blue, barrel.
This load is straight out of the Hornady manual and is not the maximum listed. Hornady lists it over 4100 fps. I have not clocked it. I get groups with some shots touching, which I think must be rare for a factory .17?
I seat them way out there to get this accuracy, but that doesn't bother me as I keep neck tension high and only use the gun to shoot coyotes from the back porch on crispy February mornings anyway.

02-19-2007, 08:26 PM
I appreciate the info and will put it to good use! Thanks again! :)

Larry D Scott
02-20-2007, 08:08 AM
Kenny, My 17s shot 26Grs of H380 with the 25 gr Hornady seated as far out as possible, but they still didnt touch. This was a consistant .5 to .6 load in three rifles, but had a fourth that didnt like it at all. It shot best with 24.0 gr 4320. Use mag primers.