I bought a new 17 HMR blued bull barrel XT-17 and put the action in a Marlin laminate stock (I could only find a birch stocked rifle). I topped it off w/ a Leup 4x12 and Dednutz mount. I shot Hornady Vmax, Federal, and Winchester today, groups were 2 inches at best from 100 yard sand bag rest. Unacceptable!!
I have another rifle like this bought 7 years ago (917, Basix trigger) with a Leup 3x9 that has 5000 rounds through it after 5 PD hunts in WY and SD. That rifle shoots like a laser with any 17 HMR cartridge I feed it. 300 yard hit on a PD is my best.
The rifle was cleaned before shooting, and after 20 shots. Has anyone had this issue with XT-17? I own many rifles and understand the barrels need break in, but this wasn't the case with my first 917.
The only thing I can think of, with a heavy-barreled bolt action would be:
1. Loose scope mount somewhere
3. Muzzle crown
I'd like to think #3 is not likely but with Marlin's moving in with Remington... some sadness has happened.
Costco should sell bullets in those bins, like walnuts. Or you could buy two five gallon buckets of bullets, shrink-wrapped together.
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Don't believe it to be an ammo problem. Could be wrong here but I am pretty sure that CCI manufactures all 17hmr ammo. Just different branding. As Jet said check muzzle crown,scope mounting etc. About 5 years ago, I purchased a 917vs heavy barrel. When my shop recieved the first one in from Marlin, the muzzle had broken through the end of the box during shipping and had a pretty good ding in the crown. Definately NG. Sent it back, got another and it is a great shooter. Good luck.
Not a clue but I can guarantee you that the guys over at rimfire central would give you more feedback than you can handle about the new Marlin bolties. Good bunch of guys too. Quite a few members over there who are also members over here.
My (Son's) 917V with the RB trigger is the bomb ... I'll probably never own an XT.
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I just bought a xt-17v and shot 50 rounds the first time i went out and got it sighted to shoot inside a one inch target at 50 yards just by laying on the ground and resting the gun in my hands. i replaced the scope with a nikon prostaff 3-9x40 bdc and re-sighted it in and on a home made gunstand laying in the snow on a winding day i shot this (3shot )group i am really impressed with its accuracy.DSC01238.jpg
the shot to the right could have been the wind...