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    Hornady, .17 equipment

    I found it irritating in the extreme, for Hornady to offer .17 calibre bullets & all the rest of the gubbins that go with this cal,............. EXCEPTING, a .17 collet to suit their fine Cam Lok bullet puller!........... So I now have an excellent offering from R.C.B.S., I found their design to be easier to use than the Hornady, even after my first impression that it looked a bit "Heath Robinson", formed on opening the package from the States. Just need to decide on a decent case length cutting tool now.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    I found it irritating in the extreme, for Hornady to offer .17 calibre bullets & all the rest of the gubbins that go with this cal,............. EXCEPTING, a .17 collet to suit their fine Cam Lok bullet puller!........... So I now have an excellent offering from R.C.B.S., I found their design to be easier to use than the Hornady, even after my first impression that it looked a bit "Heath Robinson", formed on opening the package from the States. Just need to decide on a decent case length cutting tool now.
    Nothing 'heath robinson' about the rcbs puller, in fact the taper lip on the hornady body is prone to cracking and chipping, basically a poor design.
    I have both and know which is better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    . Just need to decide on a decent case length cutting tool now.
    hi i use a forster's original trimer, but you have to get a new cutter shaft at 17 and a pilot,
    what 17 are you loaing for? i have .17 fireball and have started to make case form .223 as the factory stuff is no good at all

    ps if you using bergers they just come a part when you try to pull them
    Last edited by luke wady; 18-12-2011 at 18:42. Reason: ps i forgot

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    Breath of fresh air to hear people who like the 17 c/fs have been running a 17 rem for 10 years or so and love it much misunderstood cal,I use the rcbs case trimmer find it works a treat for all my cals the other being 308 just wondering how do you find the 17 furball ?been hearing some good reports on it !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlz90 View Post
    Breath of fresh air to hear people who like the 17 c/fs have been running a 17 rem for 10 years or so and love it much misunderstood cal,I use the rcbs case trimmer find it works a treat for all my cals the other being 308 just wondering how do you find the 17 furball ?been hearing some good reports on it !!
    17 Rem , my favourite

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlz90 View Post
    Breath of fresh air to hear people who like the 17 c/fs have been running a 17 rem for 10 years or so and love it much misunderstood cal,I use the rcbs case trimmer find it works a treat for all my cals the other being 308 just wondering how do you find the 17 furball ?been hearing some good reports on it !!
    hi dlz90
    iam loving the furball , i have been using 30gr.bergers and they do good but i have found thay a have near same dorp as 25gr but seem to have the edge on target,
    i get 3500fps out of 23'' barrel with 17.5 gr of h322, i have found r-p case bit hit and miss

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke wady View Post
    hi dlz90
    iam loving the furball , i have been using 30gr.bergers and they do good but i have found thay a have near same dorp as 25gr but seem to have the edge on target,
    i get 3500fps out of 23'' barrel with 17.5 gr of h322, i have found r-p case bit hit and miss
    same here its a shame some of brands don't make 17 fireball brass. lapua would be nice. but i guess they just don't have the call for the amount of fireballs sold and not being as popular.

    i use h322 in my fireball and find it very good indeed and give very fast fps

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0e_bl0ggs View Post
    17 Rem , my favourite
    Quote Originally Posted by luke wady View Post
    hi dlz90
    iam loving the furball , i have been using 30gr.bergers and they do good but i have found thay a have near same dorp as 25gr but seem to have the edge on target,
    i get 3500fps out of 23'' barrel with 17.5 gr of h322, i have found r-p case bit hit and miss
    Quote Originally Posted by jay 22 View Post
    same here its a shame some of brands don't make 17 fireball brass. lapua would be nice. but i guess they just don't have the call for the amount of fireballs sold and not being as popular.

    i use h322 in my fireball and find it very good indeed and give very fast fps
    Real nice to meet 17 c/f fans we know the virtues of that deadly little pill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlz90 View Post
    Real nice to meet 17 c/f fans we know the virtues of that deadly little pill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    yes great liitle pill. i had mine built on a tikka m595 action which was a 222 before. i had a cheap shilen stainless match barrel blank off a friend and got my local smith to chamber it.

    i would have liked it in 17 rem as they feed from the tikka mag fine. the fireball round doesn't with out mods to mag etc. and the smith didnt have a 17 rem reamer so just went with The fireball.

    my barrel is also a 1 in 10 twist so it is limited really to 20 vmax or 25 grain berger bullets. i hear the 25 vmax due to there length wont shoot very well in a 10 twist. though i got some rounds off a mate to try soon as i get round to loading them up. well you never know till you try them

    if it would have been a 9 twist i would have waited till he got a reamer in 17 rem and used nothing but the 25 vmax in it. like most others do in there's.
    i know of 3 other guys using this bullet comb in 17 rem and they love the calibre.

    for now as i don't shoot mine much pass 200 yards really. the fireball with 20 grain vmax doing 4033 fps over the chrono will do for me. it has made short work of the foxes i have shot with it up to now. no exits which is good as all the ftlb is dumped in the foxes.

    pinpoint accuracy lets you knock the heads off rabbits at good ranges. with no recoil and spotting the hits is very good.


    EVERYONE SHOULD OWN A 17 CF OF SOME SORT IN THERE LIFE TIME. I am sure I will own 17 rem also in the future or some sort of 20 calibre
    204 or 20 tac. the 204 with a 39 grain blizking is a superb round also
    Last edited by jay 22; 18-12-2011 at 22:24.

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    i have never got on with the bullet pullers. when i need to pull rounds. i use the hammer and use the shell holder in it to hold the case.

    what fireball did you get finnbear
    Last edited by jay 22; 18-12-2011 at 22:38.

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