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Hooked up with an ammo source and came out with a 5mm Mag and instead of being a follower became a leader in today market...

I realize most will disagree but I just think the awesome lil round was just 35 years ahead of its time...

FWIW if you disagree and never shot one you do not know what you are missing out on... I have spent a considerable amount of time in the PD towns comparing it to the 17 HMR/HM2 and other small centerfire 17 & 20s... It truely is awesome!
 

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Yes it would be awsome ! I still shoot my old 5mm mag but i have about 25 rounds left and ill be getting the conversion on it to CF .
But one thing i have noticed my savage 17hmr is a hard nose house of fire and the old 5mm can sure hold its own with it almost shooting the same size group but with a crappy trigger.
im keping mine and moving it to the next level because i love it so much .
But if you have never shot one or hunted with it look to the 22 mag its pretty much the same but alot more violent on game

i say bring it back 20HMR
 

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Check with Hornady. They may bring it back. Or CCI may load it if the get enough requests. Remington as flat out refused unlike Winchester who makes a run of WRF every so often to keep shooters happy.
 

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Actually, it seems to me that with the .22 WMR and .17 HMR we have the high velocity rimfire market pretty well bracketed, no need to split the difference. If there is a market for any new rimfires it would be on the larger side. I've just been reading Townsend Whelen's book "The American Rifle" published in 1918. He praises the .25 Stevens rimfire as a great small game gun with more shock than the .22 LR while not blowing up small game like a higher velocity round will do. Perhaps in new production they could offer two loads, the original velocity of @ 1150 fps with a lead bullet and a high velocity JHP load at @ 2000 fps. The only problem Whelen saw with the .25 rimfire was that the smokeless loads ate up the bore in just 500 rounds due to the corrosive priming. That would not be a problem today.
  I also think there would be a market among those who don't reload, for some larger caliber rimfire pistol rounds. I bet cowboy action shooters would like to see a return of the old .44 Henry rimfire if the ammo cost could be held below the centerfire rounds.
Of Course, there is also the problem of convincing firearm manufacturers to produce guns for the new round.
 

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I had a Remington Rolling Block in .32 RF long that was a whole lot of fun to shoot. Ammo is still made but got to be a pain to get it, so I sold it to a buddy. Not too accurate past 75yards but I think that was more to do with the Rolling block rifle than anything else. I would love to see a bolt action 32 RF.
 

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If I was in Vegas i would bet the farm that Hornady and others have looked at and considered the 5mm Mag... The larger rimfires sound really neat! Great idea and if I get time i will post a bunch of different larger rimfires that i have in my collection....

I shoot my 5mm Mag in a converted centerfire, same case size but I do believe that it has more velocity that the weaker rimfire cases.... There really is a noticeable difference between the 22 Mag, 17 HMR and my 5mm Mag conv in a PD town from wind drift to hard hitting... Like I read once a guy thinks the 5mm Mag would make the 22 Mag and 17 HMR obsolete... A lil over stated maybe but it sure is a sweet lil round... And don't get me wrong, I really like the 17 HMR a Lot and the 22 Mag is right in there as well....
 

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... Like I read once a guy thinks the 5mm Mag would make the 22 Mag and 17 HMR obsolete... A lil over stated maybe but it sure is a sweet lil round...
Probably true, but since we have the .17 and .22 I don't think there is much chance for a 5mm.
 
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