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In January 2002, Ruger proudly introduced a totally new and exciting cartridge to our stable of rotary-magazine bolt-action rifles. Hornady's new .17 Magnum Rimfire (.17 HMR) cartridge is the answer to a varmint hunter's dream. The rifle propels a .17-grain, .17 caliber high-performance jacketed synthetic-tip bullet with a muzzle velocity of more than 2,550 feet per second. More than 25% faster than a .22 magnum! More energy at 200 yards than a .22 LR. at the muzzle! Virtually the same drop at 200 yards as the .22 magnum at 100 yards! The .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire in the new Ruger 77/17 rifle redefines the ballistic characteristics of the rimfire rifle. Higher velocity, flatter trajectory, and more energy are what best describe this new cartridge.
Like Ruger's 77/22 and 77/44 bolt-action rifles, the 77/17 comes with a Ruger-reliable rotary-magazine and features:
Your choice of checkered American walnut stock with sporting-style butt pad, grip cap and sling swivel studs; synthetic polymer stock; or laminated wood stock. Solid, heat-treated alloy steel action, a polished turning bolt with a 90-degree bolt throw and ultra-fast lock time for added accuracy. Patented Ruger Scope Mounting System's integral scope base and medium- height rings are included (a $55.00 value). The Ruger 77/17 Rimfire rifle is a lightning-fast flat-shooting rifle for both the target shooter and the small game hunter who demand maximum performance in a rimfire rifle.
Now there are three Ruger bolt-action rifles in .17 HMR caliber from which to choose.
77/17-RM Blued model with checkered American walnut stock.
77/17-RMP Blued model with synthetic polymer stock.
K77/17-VMBBZ Stainless steel model with target barrel and laminated wood stock.