Federal Offers 17 WSM in American Eagle Line

American Eagle

Federal Premium Ammunition announced the addition of the 17 Winchester Super Magnum to the American Eagle line of ammo. The new 17 WSM load uses a 20 grain, polymer tipped varmint bullet.

According to Federal, the load makes for 3,000 feet per second at the muzzle. A 50 round box will carry a suggested retail price of $19.95.

With the addition of the load in the American Eagle line, I expect the rounds will be available at many of the “big box” stores. If so, this will give the cartridge a better chance at long term survival.

The 17 WSM is a rimfire cartridge that was introduced at the 2013 SHOT Show. At that time, Winchester introduced a 17 grain varmint load that made 3,000 fps.



Richard Johnson

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  • J.T.

    If the cartridge is going to have a better chance at long term survival, there needs to be more than one company making affordable rifles that chamber it. Apart from the Savage B.Mag, everything else that chambers it is well over $1000. Ruger is working on one that will probably be under $1000, but it isn’t out yet and only a prototype has been shown.

    • Jake Mahoney

      Agreed. I can’t wait for more manufacturers to produce .17 WSM rifles, especially Ruger!

    • nova3930

      I’d say they need to get the ammo cost down too. I know it’s MSRP and there might be some retail discount but at 19.95 for 50, that’s a hair under 40 cents a round. I can get M193 5.56 for 30 to 35 cents a round.

  • Bigbuck

    Just purchased 5 boxes of new federal 17 wsm. Le and ss than $15 a box at Bass Pro. My Savage B-mag likes the 20 grn bullet. The Winchester shot good, but the Federal is a more consistant bullet. 30 rounds at 50 yds was 1″ or less. The 17 wsm will take yotes out at 200 yds. and probably 250. The Savage B-mag is a economy rifle and perfect for carry. I load and shoot many centerfire calibers but the 17 wsm is with me most of the time. You have to realize that its not a .204, .223, or 22-250 and hit your targets in the vitals.