Last year after the 17 Winchester Super Magnum rimfire was announced I got wind from the Volquartsen peeps that they were going to be working on adapting their 17 HMR rifle to fit the 17 WSM round. As with any progression of arms to fit a new firing platform the 17 WSM switch came with its own set of challenges. The magazine would have to be developed from the similar Savage rotary mags used in the then-only-offered plastic Savage in 17 WSM. Volquartsen chose to go with a full cnc aluminum cut magazine that holds much sharper tolerances and is much sturdier than the typical 8 rounder from Savage.
The recoil rod was moved from the side (like with .22 and previous .17 Volquartsen guns) into the center to help balance the higher pressure of the magnum rimfire round. Pressure measures of a 17 HMR fall in the 24,000 psi ballpark and the 17 WSM is more commonly in the 33,000 psi arena. Nothing to sneeze at.
So far the Volquartsen Custom 17 WSM we fondled at SHOT Show 2014 is offered in three models featuring an I-flute barrel, standard flute and a standard heavy stainless barrel. They are fully threaded barrels rather than locking lug and the much beefier/wider classic looking Volquartsen receiver still has that slightly raised picatinny rail for flexibility in optics. Though methinks you’ll want to mount some quality glass with low rings on yours to help zero in on varmints. Because that’s EXACTLY what I plan on doing when I get mine. This rifle should be nasty medicine on pests like our over-abundance of prairie dogs.
These guns are just about ready to start heading out the door so if you get one on order be sure to let the Volquartsen Custom folks know Ebbs sent you AND look for a full review on one maybe sometime this spring. I know I’ll be pushing the issue. 😉
Seriously though. I love to see what these guys keep doing. They’ve developed a classic style we can expect, while still pushing the engineering envelope to maybe show Ruger a little glimpse of what their 10/22 rifle could have been.