If you’re looking for the utmost in rimfire velocity to knock out groundhogs, prairie dogs and even coyotes, the Franklin Armory F17-L will bring it. Built on the AR platform and designed specifically for the .17 Winchester Super Mag., the F17-L uses a gas-piston operating system paired with a rotating, locking bolt—similar to what you’d find in a piston-driven centerfire AR.
The high-velocity, high-energy .17 Winchester Super Magnum rimfire is a welcomed cartridge for many wishing to engage everything from destructive rodents to marauding coyotes, especially in regions where centerfires are noisy, frowned upon or even illegal. But finding a rifle to shoot the world’s fastest rimfire has been a challenge.
Hornady has announced that it's expanding its .17-caliber lineup in 2015, with the addition of the .17 WSM. Earlier this year, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper had the opportunity to put the new offering to work on some prairie dogs during a Wyoming varmint hunt. Get an inside look at that trip with the gallery provided here, and be sure to check out our video for even more information.