This package is meant to exceed expectations of the .22LR and .22 Magnum, so backing out our firing point another 200 yards we conducted a true test for this rifle at 300 yards. When installed, the Kaspa Optic was fitted with its .17HMR specific turrets, making elevation adjustments as simple as turning the turret to your target distance and pulling the trigger.

Resting in a Caldwell Bipod and using the 20-gr. Hornady XTP rounds, Cpl. Krecko shot a group that measured just a tick inside of three Inches. The group also centered just 1 MOA (three inches) over the bulls-eye: impressive performance by the rifle, ammo and optic, and exactly what one would expect in the hands of a Marine.

Hornady’s 20-grain XTP loads gave us the most consistent accuracy. Also tested were the Hornady 17-gran VMAX and CCI new 17-grain A17 load developed specifically for this rifle. 1 MOA precision was the rule.
Hornady’s 20-grain XTP loads gave us the most consistent accuracy. Also tested were the Hornady 17-gran VMAX and CCI new 17-grain A17 load developed specifically for this rifle. 1 MOA precision was the rule.

Accuracy out to this distance is a varmint’s worst nightmare. With its semi-auto action and little to no recoil, follow-up shots are fast. Working a Champion triple varmint prairie dog spinner target proved to be a good test of this capability, as keeping all three moving together proved to be a very obtainable goal.

Overall I enjoyed this rifle and it certainly exceeded my expectations. It is an excellent choice for introducing new shooters to longer distance shooting, and as the bolt does not lock open after the last shot, it gives an instructor a chance to spot flinch. The hardest part about this gun is putting it down!

See the A17 at your nearest dealer, or contact Savage Arms; Tel.: (413) 568-3301; Web: savagearms.com