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.17 Mach 2s: New England Firearm’s Sportster Is An Affordable Blast to Shoot

For only $169, the small-caliber NEF delivered big-gun fun and features. We also liked Marlin’s $232 917M2, but in our analysis, the Savage Arms $228 Mark II F doesn’t match up.

If the last time you tuned in to the world of rimfire ammunition the .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (HMR) was all the rage, then you probably missed the arrival of Hornady's .17 Mach 2 cartridge. The year was 2004, and the difference between the two rounds is this. Just as the .17 HMR can be described as being descended from the .22 Magnum, the .17M2 is related to the .22 Long Rifle—the .17M2 is based on the .22 LR case, slightly lengthened and necked down to .17 caliber. Photographed close up, the .17M2 looks remarkably like a full-size centerfire round, but it's nearly small enough to be hidden beneath a…

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