have fun tinkering w/it. mine was doing 2.5-3" groups at 100yds and i did all the tinkering tricks (except lightened trigger). then quickdtoo mentioned to clean up the crown. glad i did because there was a very small burr and the ball bearing and lapping compund cleaned it all up. now i just need to hit the range for final testing.
good luck! you may have a "NO TOUCH DO NOTHING" winner right out of the box but be prepared to mess around.
Your local hardware store, Ace and TrueValue both have O rings in their bolt/nut section as well as in their plumbing section. I'd choose an assortment of those in different thickness that will fit snug over the forend stud, 3/8" ID or a bit smaller by 1/16"-1/8" thick or so, the synthetic forend takes a thinner O ring than the wood stocks. Some grommets work, too.
i cannot think of the company who makes quality .17 ammo. But i think SHooting Gallery on Outdoor channel got a tour through the factory. The distinguishing thing about the ammo is a blue tip, any one know them?
Eley makes 17M2 ammo with a blue tip, but not 17hmr ammo........yet. CCI is the only producer of 17hmr ammo so far, their plant in Idaho makes the 17M2 and 17Hmr ammo for everyone but Eley. Remington's 17M2 ammo uses Eley priming, also. From reports at RFC, the Eley 17M2 ammo is not worth the extra bucks, apparently they haven't put the effort in the M2 ammo that they do for the premium .22 ammo, to the dismay of many RFCers.
Marketing!! If you read the history of the 17hmr development, you'll see the big picture. CCI is the only mfr that has invested the time and money in producing the tiny cartridges along with Hornady's investment in R&D and time in the bullets. The only bullets made for the .17hmr are made by Hornady and CCI/Speer(ATK/Alliant). The V-max, XTP/Gamepoint and the Speer(ATK/CCI) TNT HP...there is also a new CCI 20gr FMJ, don't know who makes the bullet, but probably Speer.
so are you saying that Hornady, Rem. ect are making Bullets but CCI puts them together? What about HM2? Now im likely getting a Sportster tomorrow(B-day HOOAH!) at Gander and i've seen one of each at least. More choices the one i'll get.
Hornady and CCI(Speer) make the bullets, CCI makes the brass and puts it all together and is sold as Hornady, Rem, CCI, Federal and Winchester with different colored tips in the Vmax or using the Hornady XTP(Gamepoint) or the Speer/TNT Hp. Same for the 17M2 with the exception that Eley may be, don't know that for sure 100% though, is making their own M2 ammo, using the Vmax bullet with a blue tip.
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