Skip to main content Skip to main content

Browning .17 HMR BPR Ammunition

Browning .17 HMR BPR Ammunition
Browning has added the .17 HMR and .22 WMR to its line of rimfire hunting ammunition specifically for small-game and varmint hunters. According to the company, the new magnum rimfire loads are designed for “accuracy and immediate and devastating expansion on target for superior lethality on small game and varmints.”

The .22 WMR loading carries a 40-grain JHP bullet, and its factory-rated muzzle velocity is 1,910 fps. The .17 HMR loading uses a 17-grain plastic-tipped bullet and has a factory-rated muzzle velocity of 2,550 fps. Both loadings come in 50-round boxes.

I test-fired the .17 HMR ammunition in my CZ-USA 455 American switch-barrel bolt-action rifle and found it to be accurate and consistent. My rifle’s barrel is 21 inches long, and other brands of .17 HMR ammunition generally average anywhere from 0.5- to 0.9-inch five-shot groups at 50 yards. At that distance, Browning’s new ammo fell within that range, producing an overall average accuracy of 0.79 inch for five, five-shot groups. Velocity measured 12 feet from the gun’s muzzle averaged 2,619 fps, which is, surprisingly, about 70 fps faster than its rated velocity. For those interested, that average velocity produces 259 ft-lbs of energy, which is certainly sufficient for hunting small game.

//content.osgnetworks.tv/shootingtimes/content/photos/BrowningHBRAmmo1.jpg

I also test-fired the .17 HMR ammunition in a Ruger Single-Six single-action revolver with a 6.5-inch barrel. Fired at 25 yards with the revolver mounted in a Ransom Rest, the ammunition produced an overall average accuracy of 1.56 inches for five, five-shot groups. Velocity measured 12 feet from the gun’s muzzle averaged 1,905 fps. I ordered the revolver specifically for this report, but I fired a few other brands of ammunition in it, and the groups produced with the new Browning ammo were among the best out of the new six-shot revolver.

BPR stands for Browning Performance Rimfire, and based on my shooting of the .17 HMR ammunition, its name is appropriate.


MSRP: $14 (.17 HMR 50-rd. plastic packs), browningammo.com


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Shoot 101 - Powder Handling

Shoot 101 - Powder Handling

Help grow shooting in America. Share this with a new shooter!

Shooting 600 Yards with .300 Blackout

Shooting 600 Yards with .300 Blackout

The .300 Blackout cartridge was developed to provide greater effectiveness than a 9mm at short and medium ranges when fired from a short-barreled suppressed firearm. Just because the cartridge wasn't designed to go long doesn't mean Rifles & Optics Editor Tom Beckstrand won't take it there, using a large-format pistol, no less. Armed with SIG Sauer's 9-inch-barreled MCX Virtus Pistol loaded with Black Hills' 125-grain TMK ammunition, Beckstrand attempts to ring steel at 600 yards with help from Hornady's 4DOF ballistic calculator in this segment of “Long Range Tech.”

How to Adjust Scope Parallax: Everything You Need to Know

How to Adjust Scope Parallax: Everything You Need to Know

What is scope parallax and how do you adjust it? Not all riflescopes have a parallax adjustment; it's not always necessary for shorter shot distances. But at longer distances - 400 yards or more - adjusting (eliminating) parallax is critical for precision and accuracy. Here's how to adjust parallax, if your scope has the adjustment.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Shooting Times App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Shooting Times stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Shooting Times subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now