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17 Hornet Bolt Rifles: CZ-USA’s 527 Varmint vs. Ruger’s 77/17

The Lilliputian 17 Hornet isn’t widely chambered yet, but in these two well-appointed and sturdy guns, the cartridge impressed us with its accuracy, power, and ease of shooting.

Most of us are familiar with 17-caliber cartridges as rimfire ammunition, but the 17 Hornet is a centerfire round that’s only manufactured by Hornady in 15.5- and 20-grain V-Max Superformance loads. But we aren’t offended by being one of the few people buying this round, because the touted box ballistics offer some astonishing numbers. Such as a muzzle velocity of 3650 fps with a drop of only -6.6 inches at 300 yards (200-yard zero). Maybe that’s why Ruger and CZ are taking a chance on chambering rifles for this pipsqueak round, and it’s one of the reasons we were attracted to the cartridge. So much so that we got a…

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