Two new 17cal cartridges have been released by major manufacturers in the last year or so, lets have a look at the 17WSM and the 17 Hornet (by Hornady) and get your opinion on which one (if any or both) will still be here in 5 years.
First up you have the 17 Hornet by Hornady. Originally developed by P O Ackley Hornady started producing this cartridge in 2012. It is based of the 22 Hornet case and is a centrefire cartridge, capable of propelling a 20gn VMax bullet at 3650fps. Brass is reloadable.
The 17WSM or 17 Winchester Super Magnum was announced at the US Shot Show in Las Vegas 2013. Based off of a 27cal nail gun blank case, it will fire a 20gn projectile at 3000 fps. It is a rimfire case and therefore cannot be reloaded.
So we have one Old but new again cartridge in the 17 Hornet that is a reloadable centrefire cartridge then we have the fastest rimfire on the market in the 17WSM.
Which one would you buy?
Which one is still here in 5 years?
Did Winchester make a mistake by calling it a 17 WSM which may confuse it with the lukewarm Winchester Short Magnum centrefire cartridges and the now dead WSSM cartridges of the last decade?
Do you think Winchester could have made it more of a success by starting off with a 20 cal Rimfire rather than push another 17 cal into the rimfire market?
Tell us your opinions below in the comments section