The 17 Hornet previously only lived as a few varying wildcats such as the .17 Ackley Hornet and a number of slight variations on this.
Although Savage Arms will be chambering a rifle in .17 Hornet you don’t have to wait as all you need to get a .17 is to get an old 22 hornet and rebarrel it.
They also claim that it will be a lower cost option than equivalent 17 Fireball and .223 Rem loads, but we will see when it its Aussie shores.
Like many great cartridges such as the 22-250Rem and the .17 Remington Hornady has turned a wildcat into a factory cartridge which I always think it is good news.
Why is it good news?
When a major ammunition manufacturer starts making a popular wildcat round it gives other companies confidence in the cartridge. So now you will see readily available dies, rifles and reloading components made for this. If it proves popular other ammunition makers will follow suit and start loading the cartridge themselves.
I have a feeling that Hornady hopes to make the .17 Hornet as popular as it helped make the 17 HMR.
Think of the 17 Hornet as a bigger, nastier version of its little rimfire cousin. I’m excited to get my hands on a rifle chambered in 17 Hornet for a review.
Hornady’s promo video for the new cartridge: