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Title: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on October 26, 2013, 04:55:38 PM
Late last winter Winchester announced a new rimfire round, the .17 WSM in conjunction with Savage Arms announcing a new design rifle for the same round. Winchester also announced they have a rifle designed for the round, a single shot high wall with a price tag of about $1500.

I ordered one of the BMAGS and a couple of boxes of ammo when the news was announced.

Last Thursday the store called, my rifle arrived. I wasted no time rushing to the store to receive my new toy. The ammo didn't arrive but I stumbled across a couple of boxes a couple of weeks ago, at another local store.

The rifle weighs just under 4 1/2 pounds, a lightweight for carrying.

I scoped the rifle yesterday and have been waiting for a calm day to proceed to the range to sight in the rifle.

Anyone else familiar with the .17WSM and rifles?
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 09, 2013, 11:51:18 PM
Update.
I scoped the rifle with a 3X-9X and popped a couple of squirrels, then rescoped it with a 6.5X-20X 50mm Simmons Whitetail Classic last night and sighted it in for 50 meters today with Winchester 20gr VMAX. 30-50 yards is about the average range squirrels that are shot in our woods. Of course, we get some 100 yard and beyond shots. 

The rifle is going squirrel hunting tomorrow.

The .17 WSM is a 300 yard squirrel and coyote rifle.  :twisted:
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: Juandogg on November 10, 2013, 02:22:36 PM

The .17 WSM is a 300 yard squirrel and coyote rifle.  :twisted:
I suppose it is in the right hands. So when ya goin to send it to me  ;D
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 10, 2013, 09:30:10 PM
I suppose it is in the right hands. So when ya goin to send it to me  ;D
You would just beat it up dragging it coon hunting but would like to use it on coon.  ;D ;D Until it came to skinning.  :shock: ;D
Some years ago Juandogg used a .17 HMR coonhunting. It was a real chore to skin the coons because of the shattered skulls, as a result of the HMR.  ;D
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: Juandogg on November 11, 2013, 07:27:52 PM

Some years ago Juandogg used a .17 HMR coonhunting.
I did not use one since I dont own any bb guns but a guy I was huntin with did and yes it was a pain to skin the head with a shattered skull
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: bohicajuan on November 11, 2013, 10:09:18 PM
I did not use one since I dont own any bb guns but a guy I was huntin with did and yes it was a pain to skin the head with a shattered skull

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 12, 2013, 10:07:07 AM
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Yep, I remember when that happened. I bet that was a big chore!

I scoped my WSM with another scope, a Simmons Whitetail Classic 50mm 6.5X-20X and sighted it in. I gave it a hunting trip Sunday, whacked 4 grey squirrels.
My hunting pal popped a couple of nice fox squirrels but one hung up in the crotch of a tree. His .17 HMR couldn't knock it out of the tree so he met up with me and we walked to the tree. A shot from my WSM blew the squirrel out of the tree without any damage to the edible part of the squirrel.   :)
 
The scope and rings were given to my by a good pal that used to be my chief at work and now he is our Army Provost Marshall. He used to own a sporting goods store where I worked part time for him and at the same time, at the day job. He wouldn't take any money for the scope, said consider it a gift because of all the years we have been good friends.  :)

I'm shooting 20gr Winchester 20 gr VMAX ammo.
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: bohicajuan on November 12, 2013, 05:32:24 PM
Wow! A free scope! No doubt you deserved it too. I think its much better to put a full size scope on a rimfire or small caliber rifle than one of those piddly .22 scopes.
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: bohicajuan on November 12, 2013, 09:29:49 PM
Hell! This might be a good sniping rifle. Round traveling that fast. It would explode on contact if you hit the skull. Maximum terminal damage and it would be hard for the forensics to trace a shattered round back to your weapon!

NOT THAT I'M SUGGESTING SUCH A THING!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 13, 2013, 02:08:37 AM
Hell! This might be a good sniping rifle. Round traveling that fast. It would explode on contact if you hit the skull. Maximum terminal damage and it would be hard for the forensics to trace a shattered round back to your weapon!

NOT THAT I'M SUGGESTING SUCH A THING!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
:roll: :wink: :twisted:
Some shooters have clocked the 20gr at 3160. And yes, very destructive.  :)
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 24, 2013, 09:02:39 AM
I have the rifle broken in correctly, has had a couple of squirrel hunting outings. The past two weekends haven't allowed hunting because of our lousy weather.

WSM rifle is shooting itty bitty groups at 50 meters with the 20gr fodder.
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on October 28, 2014, 10:44:13 AM
I have been killing squirrels every weekend with the WSM, is deadly as sin with both 20gr and 25grain ammo. Head shots are a must!

Anyone else here have a .17 WSM rifle yet?
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on May 04, 2015, 09:19:30 AM
As an  update, ammo is easy to find now.  :) O0 My daughter bought me 5 boxes last Feb. for my birthday. Yes, she is the perfect daughter!

I nailed 4 or 5 gray squirrels the last day (Jan.31) with the WSM and a big tom feral cat. I was using 20gr fodder. The cat was about 80-100 yards distance. The 20gr pill passed clear through at an angled body shot. The cat was dead before it dropped.  :twisted:

Weather turned bad that day, was raining and turned to snow with the wind picking up.

We have a new Dick's store here now, just opened. They have shelves of ammo. I haven't seen any rimfire at our local Wallyworld for a long time but now they show some on their shelves. I am sure Dick's will cripple Wallyworld. No rimfire at Wallyworld for so long because it was being scarffed up in the back room up before it even hit the shelves, I suspect.  :tickedoff
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on August 07, 2016, 06:35:03 AM
Anyone else have one of these rifles?
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on October 26, 2016, 07:56:06 AM
.17 WSM is still doing its job! Am not seeing a whole lot of squirrels but the rifle is certainly deadly.

Some long shots are out to 200 yards with great accuracy.

Recently at the range at 50 yards, bullet holes overlap and sometimes going through the same hole with 20gr ammo.

There are no crawl-off cripples while using this rifle.

I really enjoy the light carry weight, which just under 4 1/2#, minus the scope.
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 08, 2016, 06:36:32 AM
Am still killing squirrels. Anyone else?
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: D45/70 on November 08, 2016, 08:36:00 AM
  All my  "squirrels" are under ground now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richardson%27s_ground_squirrel   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richardson%27s_ground_squirrel)
Luckily Prairie dogs don't hibernate...
:knuppel2
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 09, 2016, 04:44:25 AM
Oh yeah!
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: bohicajuan on November 25, 2016, 07:18:20 PM
I was looking at a Henry in .17 the other day. It looks like a pretty good little rifle too. Never have owned a Henry but someday, who knows? The Varmint Express is a neat looking rifle.

I don't squirrel hunt anymore but the caliber is a very interesting one. O0 :wink:
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on November 26, 2016, 03:51:14 AM
I was looking at a Henry in .17 the other day. It looks like a pretty good little rifle too. Never have owned a Henry but someday, who knows? The Varmint Express is a neat looking rifle.

I don't squirrel hunt anymore but the caliber is a very interesting one. O0 :wink:
Hey bo! Is good to see ya! One of my pals bought a Henry HMR and it's sure a nice rifle.
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on July 10, 2017, 06:00:23 AM
  :) Well, my last post for this thread has been a long time ago and I'm still hunting with the .17 WSM. It is pure-dee lethal, instant kills for small game and an occasional varmint.


The one fix I have to complete is extending the stock an inch or so, given my longer reach.  I will complete that small job as soon as I catch up with other work.  :roll:

Our Iowa hunting season opens Sept. 2.  :twisted:
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on September 05, 2017, 06:05:39 AM
I got out Saturday, Sept.2, opening day. I saw only 3 squirrels, all grays and on the move.

One hesitated a couple of seconds while jumping to a limb of another tree when my 20gr sizzler hit the side of his head. Distance was between 80 to 100 yards.  :)



Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: bohicajuan on September 06, 2017, 08:21:46 PM
I got out Saturday, Sept.2, opening day. I saw only 3 squirrels, all grays and on the move.

One hesitated a couple of seconds while jumping to a limb of another tree when my 20gr sizzler hit the side of his head. Distance was between 80 to 100 yards.  :)

GREAT SHOT! That's showing them how to do it! O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on September 07, 2017, 04:10:58 AM
 :) Thanks, bo! Sometimes I get lucky. I can thank the BMAG rifle, is able to do what I ask of it.
Title: Re: Winchester .17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum)
Post by: John Andrews on October 09, 2017, 08:09:24 AM
Squirrels have been getting sniped on weekends and the rifle stock's short length was an easy and cheap fix. I bought a black rubber slip on over the stock recoil pad. Stock gained an inch and is a perfect fit.

Yesterday's hunt equaled three getting packed home. I only saw maybe, four.  :roll: It's hard to tell because of heavy green ground cover and most of the leaves are still on the trees.