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.17 HMR... Savage or Marlin?

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by Brent10mm, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. Brent10mm


    Apr 6, 2009
    Spo, W.A.
    Although I don't really need one, I'm thinking about adding it to the collection.
    A friend has the savage 17 hmr, basic blued, no accutrigger... and I really like the little caliber for some stupid reason. just a great truck gun.

    I have had in the past, a .22 magnum heavy blued Savage, and it was a shooter. They only thing I did not care for was the magazines... P.I.A.
    I handled the Marlin version yesterday, and the mag. design was much better... but the trigger was terribly heavy...

    I know both are pretty accurate guns, maybe edge to the savage, but I'm kinda stuck...

    -get a savage and deal with the mags, but have a great trigger
    - get the marlin, have good mags, and shell out extra for a trigger job, or drop in...

    I'm leaning to the heavy SS synthetic stock version of either. if that matters?
    Any of those sweet 17 scopes, with bullet comp worth a damn btw...?
    or just get good reputable glass...?
  2. rscottk90


    Mar 11, 2010
    Id get the savage, i love the 22lr with the accutrigger. I dont think the mags are tht bad...
    as far as glass havnt gotten a peice from them yet but my 204 im getting next week is gonna get a mueller. ive herd lots of great things and they have great prices. Compare their same size and power scopes to others and theres a price difference.

  3. Glocks&Ducs


    Apr 24, 2004
    Unless you are shooting out past 150 yards all the time, the Sweet 17 scopes are a waste of money. The bullet compensation doesn't kick in until that point.

    I went with a Marlin myself. It just seemed a bit more refined than the Savage's I was looking at.

    Keep in mind that ammo prices can be quite high for a 17HMR. When it first came out, ammo was about $6.50 to $9 a box of 50 rounds. When I was looking for this last 17HMR, I noticed ammo was about $12 a box at most places and as high $17 for the same stuff. Luckily, my go to dealer came through with a case that worked out to about $10 per box.
  4. 2FNSLO


    Nov 10, 2007
    Southern OH
    I have the Savage. A little polishing on the mags fixed a lot of the problems for me. Clip a coil off the trigger spring and a good trigger gets even better. I have a Simmons pro hunter 6x18 scope on mine and it works pretty well. I also like the Mueller that's on my Savage in .308 though. For low cost scopes, I think the Mueller is a very good value. Most of the folks on RFC speak very highly of they as well.
  5. When I bought my .17 HMR it was the newest hottest thing in gun sales. I really wanted the Marlin but my dealer couldn't get through Marlin's preference system to get one, unless I wanted to order a couple of lever action center fire guns at the same time.

    But he could get the Savage 93R17FV in. This was pre acutrigger so I have the crummy mags and the crummy trigger. I also had to bed the action to get rid of some vertical stringing in my groups.

    But now I love the rifle. Great accuracy, consistently shoots 3/4" groups at 100 yards.

    For a $179 rifle with a $39.95 Tasco 6-24x scope it is a accuracy bargain.


    But, the new Marlin's have an improved trigger.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2010
  6. sharpshooter

    sharpshooter Member Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    I have a Marlin and a Savage. Both have heavy blued barrels. Both are built like sturdy toys with metalwork and a feel that leaves a little to be desired, which is expected for the price.

    Savage- The AccuTrigger is great, but the plastic trigger guard is lame. The magazines feel flimbsy but they work fine. Reciever is drilled n tapped for scope bases.

    Marlin- I replaced the trigger with a RifleBasix and it's as good or a little better than the AccuTrigger. There are no plastic parts. Reciever has a dovetail milled for scope bases.

    Both are exeptionally accurate. Which do I prefer? I guess the Marlin but only because it has nicer wood.
  7. salvo

    salvo Pass the ammo

    Sep 1, 2000
    I went with the Marlin/RifleBasix, very accurate rifle!
  8. This Savage .17 HMR of my wife's is definately a shooter.

    Another +1 for Mueller, by the way.



    -Tim S.
  9. GlockPride

    GlockPride Glock 23

    Aug 21, 2006
    Just OK
    I'm a Savage fan myself. The accutrigger is hard to beat.
  10. Another Miller

    Another Miller prankster

    Apr 23, 2007
    I have a savage mako in 17hmr.My 12 yr old son tried it out,works for him too.It is very light and easy to carry back into the fields.

    This rifle shoulda came out a long time ago,Beat my Ruger 22 mag hands down. its absolutely a tack driver.