Gun Report

Marlin 17VS .17 HMR

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While the Marlin has a few features we don't like much - most notably the protruding clip, which catches on things and can rip skin, and a mildly confusing safety - overall, we were pleased with the rifle. We liked the looks of the laminated stock and stainless steel barrel and action, and we felt it would be the most durable of the four guns we tested. Of course, the darn thing really can shoot.

Marlin 17VS .17 HMR

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The safety on the Marlin is confusing, we think. Because you can see both the "safe" and "fire" words regardless of the position of the safety, you're not sure if gun is either mode when it is exposing or partially covering the word.
This was the best group shot during our testing of the four .17 HMRs. This group measured 0.59 inches and was shot with the Marlin 17VS at 100 yards.
The seven-shot magazine on the Marlin protrudes well below the stock on the rifle, and the sharp edges on the magazine and its release make them uncomfortable and inconvenient.

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