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17 hmr revolvers for sale, Since the introduction of Hornady’s little seventeen caliber rimfire cartridge almost two years ago, I have fired hundreds of them through several different guns. I am still surprised at times by the accuracy of the little cartridge.  Out of a twenty-two inch rifle barrel, the .17 HMR leaves the muzzle at over 2500 feet per second.  The trajectory of the seventeen is also much flatter than that of any other rimfire cartridge. I have tried the .17 HMR in several rifles and one revolver, not counting the Ruger Single-Six, which is the subject of this article.

Ruger’s new .17 HMR is built on their New Model Single-Six frame, which has been in production for thirty years now, and incorporates Ruger’s  transfer bar safety mechanism, allowing the safe carry of a fully loaded cylinder. The Single-Six revolvers are very popular, and the .17 HMR cartridge is well suited to the little sixgun.

The Single-Six .17 HMR has a six shot cylinder, adjustable sights, rosewood grip panels, and is made of blued steel and black anodized aluminum. The only barrel length available at this time is six and one-half inches. The American Rifleman magazine had a review of this gun in their September 2003 edition, and this would be a good time to clear up a couple of errors reported in their article. They erroneously reported that the sixgun has a six inch barrel and walnut grips, and this has caused a bit of confusion. It is obvious from their own photos that the gun has rosewood grips and a six and one-half inch barrel, just as does the sample that I have here for testing.

The .17 Single-Six has a nice blue-black finish, and the aluminum grip frame and ejector rod housing match the finish of the steel parts very well. The rosewood grip panels are fitted very well to the grip frame, much better than some Rugers that I have seen in the past few months, and are inlaid with the Ruger silver eagle medallions.  The sights are square and black, just as they should be, and the rear is adjustable for windage and elevation. The sides of the hammer and trigger are polished and left in the white. The trigger pull on the seventeen measured five and one-half pounds, but after a quick poor boy’s trigger job, now breaks cleanly at three pounds and one ounce.  The barrel has six grooves with a twist of one turn in nine inches.  While the Single-Six has a smaller frame, the grip frame is the same size and shape as Ruger’s larger Blackhawk, and the little sixgun balances well, weighing just under 36 ounces. The cylinder length measures 1.406 inches; just right for the .17 HMR cartridge. The barrel to cylinder gap measures a consistent  two one-thousandths of an inch (.002″), and there is no perceptible end to end play of the cylinder. The little sixgun is very well fitted. The Single-Six comes supplied with a hard plastic storage case, cable lock, and instruction manual.

The Ruger .17 HMR Single-Six balances well and points naturally in my hand, which has become very familiar to the feel of a single action over the years. The Ruger would make a dandy little sixgun for pest and small varmint control out to about 125 yards with the issue sights, or a bit further with a scope mounted in the Weigand Combat base and rings. The .17 extends the practical range for rimfire handgun plinking, shooting faster and flatter than the .22 magnum. Out of a revolver, the seventeen beats the velocity of the .22 magnum by about 500 feet per second., and flattens the trajectory considerably.

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