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Savage Arms 25 Lightweight Varminter -Thumbhole - 17 Hornet - 19739
Savage Arms 25 Lightweight Varminter -Thumbhole - 17 Hornet - 19739
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Tech Specs at a Glance:

Caliber: .17 Hornet
Trigger: Accutrigger adjustable

Stock: Laminate Wood

Barrel Length: 24 in
Twist Rate: -

Total Length: 43.75 in

Weight: 8.25 lbs

Refer to the "Technical Info" tab below for additional specifications.

Price: $1,099.00

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Description Technical Info

Savage Arms 25 Lightweight Varminter -Thumbhole - 17 Hornet :
Designed for unfailing performance and impeccable accuracy, the short-action Savage Arms Model 25 Lightweight Varminter T weighs 8.25 pounds. It features user-adjustable AccuTrigger technology, a striking wood laminate thumbhole stock and 4-round, detachable box magazine. Plus, the 24-inch, medium-contour carbon steel barrel is button rifled for reliable, long-lasting accuracy. It's drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

Features & Design

  • Light, rugged and accurate for mobile varmint hunting
  • Laminated wood stock with thumbhole
  • User-adjustable AccuTrigger
  • 24-inch, medium-contour carbon steel barrel, button rifled
  • detachable 4-round box magazine
  • Drilled and Tapped for Scope Mounts

.17 Hornet

The .17 Hornet is a .17 caliber centerfire rifle cartridge originally offered as a wildcat cartridge made by P.O. Ackley in the early 1950s. He created this non-factory offering by simply necking-down the .22 Hornet to .17 caliber and fire-forming the resized cases in his new chamber design. The result was a small quiet cartridge capable of high velocity. Ackley mentions it as one of the most balanced of the .17 cartridges of his time; likely, this is still true.

Sixty years later, the Hornady Manufacturing Company turned Ackley's idea into a commercial product with a similar cartridge; the .17 Hornady Hornet uses a 20 grain (1.3 gram) Superformance V-max projectile with a published velocity of 3,650fps (1,113 metres/second).

However, the new standardized ammunition and brass is not built to exactly the same dimensional specifications as the original wildcat or the dimensions listed on this page. Hornady's standard has a shorter body with less taper and shorter overall case length while the overall loaded length remains that of the original .22 Hornet. Shooters wishing to use the .17 Hornady Hornet in a .17 Ackley Hornet chamber will experience the bullet jumping to the rifling and may lose some of the inherent accuracy for which the cartridge has been known.

It has been reported the .17 Hornady Hornet uses a thicker rim than the original Hornet case. However, the ninth edition of the Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading shows them to be the same (.065 inches); measuring the rims of actual factory cases shows the Hornady Handbook to be correct. Moreover, Ackley's Pocket Manual for Shooters and Reloaders shows the rim thickness for his wildcat to range between .069" and .063" which is consistent with the Hornady Handbook. Both cartridges head-space on this rim.

While the Ackley cartridge uses a 30-degree shoulder angle and the Hornady is 25 degrees, its longer shoulder is accommodated by Ackley's longer case body. Fireforming moves the Hornady's shoulder forward at the expense of neck length.

Yet there is a final size issue: according to Ackley's manual, his wildcat cartridge is only .289" over the shoulder while the Hornady factory round measures .294". This is the reason the Hornady's case capacity is almost identical to that of the Ackley. Since there is five thousandths less taper in the case body, the new .17 Hornady Hornet cases may not fit an Ackley chamber without full-length resizing.

Existing rifles chambered for the Ackley wildcat can have their barrels set back one turn and rechambered to the new .17 Hornady Hornet which meets the SAAMI standard for the .17 Hornet. This fixes the bullet jump issue and improves ammunition availability with little risk of diminished performance

Suggested Use

  • Target
  • Small Game
  • Varmint