17 Hornet Bullets

The 17 Hornet bullet is .172” in diameter, and is typically available in a weight of 20, 25 or 30 grains. At the light end of the spectrum, a 17 Hornet cartridge is loaded to produce a muzzle velocity of approximately 3,500 feet per second. At the heavy end, that velocity drops to around 3,000 fps. The 17 Hornet’s velocity is comparable to the 22-250 Rem and the round highly accurate up to 300 yards.

The original 17 Hornet was created by Parker Ackley. The great gunsmith essentially necked down a 22 Hornet casing even further so it could seat a .17 caliber bullet. The result was a high velocity cartridge that Ackley himself deemed the most balanced .17 caliber round of his era.

Hornady took Ackley’s wildcat cartridge mainstream about 60 years after its introduction when they began offering factory loaded 17 Hornet cartridges with V-MAX bullets. It is important to note that Hornady’s design deviates somewhat from Ackley’s. Hornady’s case is slightly shorter, less tapered, and broader over the shoulder. While Hornady’s case capacity is the same as Ackley’s, shooters may experience reduced accuracy if they fire Hornady’s 17 Hornet cartridge in a rifle with Ackley’s 17 Hornet chamber.

The 17 Hornet is best suited for varmints and predators. With 17 Hornet bullets for reloading you’ll be able to make your own ammo for foxes, coyote, bobcat, lynxes, prairie dogs and marmots.

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