The 17 Remington cartridge case is based on the 223 case and is similar to the 17/223 wildcat cartridge that Harrington and Richardson introduced in 1968. Remington introduced their 17 Remington in a model 700 rifle to the shooting public in 1971, but it never gained much in popularity.
With a tiny 20 grain bullet, it achieves very high velocity numbers, above 4,000 feet per second. At best this cartridge can be used only for varmints and pests. The one simple factor you need to humanely kill an animal is frontal mass on a bullet.
At .172″ the 17 Remington simply does not have enough frontal mass for anything bigger than varmints and pests.
The 17 Remington with the high velocity it achieves downrange has very little recoil and is quite pleasant to shoot. The little 17 Remington has a lot to offer for its size and is highly recommended if you want to save pelts.
17 Remington Ballistics
The following ballistics chart is for Remington Ammunition’s 17 Remington Premier AccuTip-V with a bullet that weighs 20 grains and has a ballistic coefficient of .185.
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Common Barrel Twist Rate – 1/10
Bore Groove Diameter – .172″
17 Remington Reloading Specifications.
Bullet Diameter – .172″
Maximum Case Length – 1.796″
Trimmed Case Length – 1.786″
Primer Size – Small Rifle
Loading Data Hints.
The 17 Remington responds very well to i.m.r. 4198 and 4320 powder.