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The relative diameter between bullet and case gradually decreases as overall cartridge size and volume diminishes, and can cause problems even with ‘modern’ case designs like .223-based rounds, so can’t be ignored in any rifle build. Cases did stretch some during firing and then sizing. A push button for bolt removal sits to the left of the rear bridge. Outdoor Life may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. After the cases were trimmed, loaded and fired, they had not grown in length any appreciable amount. A tubular steel pillar is inserted around the rear screw to prevent compression of the stock. However, maximum powder charges for the .17 Ackley are 0.2 to 0.7 grain heavier than for the .17 Hornady.

Having the tools, it was decided to make a few barrels. It’s not a spectacular cartridge, though, because a hanging steel plate at 300 yards didn’t even move when shot with the tiny V-MAX bullets, but the approximately 200 foot-pounds (ft-lbs) of energy the little bullets still carry at 300 yards is enough to kill a ground squirrel.

The CZ model 527 has a mini Mauser-controlled feed action with a centre feed five-round magazine.

The blade is straight, smooth and slim, so does vary in feel if your finger position drifts, effectively changing the leverage exerted. Of course, one could say the .17 Hornet has an intrinsic design flaw: it will always invite a stuttered cartridge feed because the rebate around the chamber mouth for the case’s rim represents a hurdle to cross with such a tiny pointed bullet and case combo. Over the last few years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time at the reloading bench and in the field with the .17 Hornet, and I’ve have had a great time getting to know this fun little round. As the action smoothed out, a good feel for cartridges being driven into the chamber was retained, which I liked with such a small delicate round that is easily damaged and bent out of shape if roughly rammed closed. Edgar Brothers supplied a Kozap Weaver rail that locks into the abutment on the rear action bridge. Full-length sizing is fine if you want cartridges to headspace off the .17’s rim, but that amount of sizing set the case shoulders back .005 inch, which can cause cases to split around the web after firing them a few times.

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The Hornet in .17 guise was a pleasurable cartridge to shoot and reload, performing superbly on rabbits out to 300m depending on wind conditions; I did, however, hold back from more than chance encounters on incidental foxes, as I found the bullets just a little too light and frangible to give totally reliable performance if a shot was misplaced.

The factory 20-grain loads were accurate and had a velocity of 3,567 fps when shot from a CZ 527 American. The reason the author made the first .17 caliber was the result of a deal with the late C.H. Plus, what’s not to like about a cartridge with a near absence of recoil that shoots flat enough to take small game out to 300 yards?

That length allows Hornady’s .17 Hornet to fit in existing magazines and bolt actions originally intended for the .22 Hornet, like the CZ 527, Ruger 77/22 Hornet and Savage Model 25. The trigger in them is outstanding and very easy to tune.

Ackley describes the .17 Hornet as sort of an “improved” .22 Hornet necked down to .17 caliber. Full-length sizing the fired cases, though, lengthened them .006 inch. My CZ 527 Varmint in 17 Hornet has been a great little gun lots of fun to shoot and very accurate. I’m not really a fan of set triggers as I feel they steal the feel of a well set-up unit and almost break without developing any timing, but that aside, this one became simpler to judge; don’t think about using it wearing gloves though, as you will snatch it, not squeeze it.

Hodgdon Lil’Gun was the best powder tried for high velocity and good accuracy in the .17 Hornet.

The bolt started out quite tight but the first hundred rounds soon acclimatised me to the gun and had it sliding more smoothly with reliable feed, extraction and ejection. That partial, full-length sizing helps reduce the stretch of firing and the squeeze of sizing to extend case life.

The .17 Hornet will become a very popular cartridge if it garners even a small percentage of the .17 rimfire’s popularity. Close Menu.

A compound shape of a round barrel tenon with a flat bottom, interspersed with rebates for magazine cutout, and an integral recoil lug complete the receiver, before moving into various machined sections for the trigger sub-assembly. Hornady factory ammunition established a benchmark that was tough to improve on—groups in the .6- to .7-inch range with velocities of about 3,650 fps. The heavier bullets had much lower extreme spreads, with 43 to 45 fps for the 25-grain bullets and 30 to 66 fps for the 30-grain bullets. To barely bump back the shoulders of cases and set headspace on the shoulders, I turned the size die up a partial turn from contacting the shellholder. H-4198 was also a good powder.

One of my handloads with 9.5 grains of Lil’Gun gave the 20-grain V-MAX a speed of 3,500 fps. Because the .17 Hornady Hornet case is smaller than the .17 Ackley Hornet case, handloading data for the two cartridges should not be casually interchanged. The underside of the gun features an all-steel bottom metal and magazine system holding five rounds. My rifle, a CZ-527 Sporter, shoots very well. CZ 527 Varmint in 17 Hornet by Chris Parkin May 20, 2014 Chris Parkin After testing the Savage model 25 a few months ago, I was quite intoxicated with the new 17 Hornet cartridge, formalised by Hornady from the previously wildcatted 17 Ackley Hornet. Of the two brands, the CZ is the more refined build, and after testing the mid-weight varmint in its walnut stock, I now have a Thumbhole Laminate Varmint version with a 610mm/24” heavy barrel. Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. When a new cartridge is introduced, its origins can often be traced to a cartridge P.O. Lil’Gun delivered much lower extreme spreads of 45 to 69 fps. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. A 9.5-grain charge of Lil’Gun shot five 20-grain Bergers in .78 inch at 100 yards. The cartridge is extremely frugal to reload with only around 10 grains of powder involved.

A little serration and curve on the trigger blade might have improved consistency. Hornady loads its .17 Hornet Superformance Varmint cartridges with 20-grain V-MAX bullets and 15.5-grain NTX bullets, with a stated muzzle velocity of 3,650 fps for the V-MAX and 3,870 fps for the NTX. This is a review of the CZ Model 527 in .17 Hornady Hornet. The shoulder diameter of the Hornady case is also a bit wider in diameter than the Ackley.

I liked the trigger unit and complete lack of threadlock on any of its adjustments – it invites you to refine it that little fraction from the ‘averaged’ factory set-up. There are two action screws with a neat functional inlet in the stock, which shows a small amount of bedding compound in the recoil lug area to help bed the gun and centralise the barrel in the stock’s fore-end. PUBLISHED: 12:57 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:57 14 June 2017. The .17 Hornet (left) looks like a larger version of the .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (right). This .65-inch, five-shot group was from John’s handloads with Berger 20-grain Flat Base Target bullets and Reloder 7.

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The .17 Hornet (right) is quite a bit smaller and burns about three-quarters as much powder as the .17 Remington Fireball (left). by an Oregon gunsmith and was exactly right for this small cartridge. Hornady also calls its new .17-caliber cartridge the .17 Hornet. The twin lugs require a 90-degree bolt lift from the straight handle with a ball end. I would comment more on the stock but have covered this Boyd laminate unit in depth before on several CZ and Savage rifles. It isn’t difficult to reassemble either, but be careful to rotate the inner body into correct alignment with the rear shroud to allow the bolt handle to slot in, otherwise frustration might make you force something incorrectly. It also rusted even though the gun never got wet, so keep it wiped over with an oily rag.

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