New Savage Rimfire Semi-Auto Rifles

A22

Savage Arms announced several new semi-automatic rifles for rimfire cartridges this year. All of them are based on the original A17 rifle the company rolled out last year. One of the new rifles is chambered for the .22 WMR, while the other three are variations on the A17 that is chambered for the .17 HMR round.

A22 Magnum

The new A22 Magnum is very similar to the original A17 while instead being chambered for the .22 WMR (aka 22 Magnum.) As with the A17, the action is a specially designed delayed blowback system that handles the relatively high pressures of the lightweight round.

The carbon steel barrel is 21″ long and has button rifling. The lightweight aluminum receiver is case hardened and the bolt is hard chromed. For this rifle, Savage uses a black synthetic stock and a 10 round rotary magazine. The suggested retail price is $473.

A17 Variants

A17

For 2016, Savage has three new variants on the A17. The first is a scoped package called the A17 XP. This is a standard A17 rifle paired with 3.5-10x 36 Bushnell rimfire scope. The optic is mounted and boresighted, so it should be on paper out of the box. The MSRP on this model is $578.

Another variant is the A17 Target Sporter Laminate. This rifle replaces the synthetic stock with a wood laminate stock with a matte grey finish. It retails for $571.

The final rifle is the A17 Target Thumbhole. Similar to the Sporter above, this model replaces the original stock with a wood laminate thumbhole stock. It is also finished in a matte gray color. It is the most expensive of the bunch at a suggested $631.

Savage seems to have succeeded with a semi-auto 17 HMR where others failed.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    My parents have an A17 and I like it. We took it out for its first shooting the other day and it would run fine when I shot it, but it FTE when my mother shot it. I dont know what was going on there, but I wont write it off until it has at least 500 rounds through it and still malfunctions. I dont remember what type of ammo we were shooting.

    I really like the new .22Mag. I have always thought it would be cool to have a 10/22 in .22Mag (theyre just expensive and hard to find) but a Savage would do just as well; maybe even better with their delayed blowback design.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Ruger had good reason to discontinue the 10/22 Mag, they are not at all safe.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Ruger had good reason to discontinue the 10/22 Magnum, it is not at all a safe rifle to shoot.

      • Julio

        Remington (M597) and CZ (512) both do semi-auto rimfires in .22WMR that work perfectly well, so I don’t know what it was that Ruger did wrong. 17HMR is a different problem, as Savage clearly realised when they designed a rifle (A17) to solve it. IMO chambering that rifle in .22WMR really only makes sense as a way of helping to recoup the development costs of the HMR version.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Actually, the Remington very much had similar problems, and is also discontinued. I don’t know about the CZ.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Yeah, they screwed up pretty good. The CZ512 is almost as pretty as the Brno ZKM611; now that gun was a crying shame that it’s not in production anymore.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        I didnt know that. I guess Savage is without a doubt the way to go then.

        • DW

          OR you can find alfa proj revolver carbine in .22WMR. It’s not semi auto but you can still shoot it fast.

      • Tassiebush

        What would cause that? Was the bolt too light making it open too soon or something?

        • ostiariusalpha

          Considering that it was slamming back and progressively damaging the bolt and receiver, seems likely.

          • Tassiebush

            Gee that’s quite a few signs! They must have been a bit too keen to make it like the regular version.

        • n0truscotsman

          Basically, yes.

          This is one of the considerations that led to the A17s unique ‘delayer/retarder’. There needs to be some mechanism to delay the bolt long enough for the higher pressures to die down so that the case doesn’t bulge/crack. That is one of the peculiarities of trying to run a blowback on a necked cartridge.

  • commenter1

    The HMR is old news. Who’s gonna bring out a WSM semi-auto? (non-AR style and non-Volquartsen price)

    • ostiariusalpha

      Well now, you’re definitely going to need at least a delayed blowback action to properly run the Super Mags. With some tweaking, the Savage semi-auto might be a very viable candidate, especially since Savage worked with Winchester to create the WSM.

  • gusto

    what is the need for these rifles to be semi-auto?
    why not have it be straight bolt? almost as fast, more reliable and you don’t have to deal with these issues?

    these are all hunting rifles no?

    • Fred Johnson

      I like choices.

      I have like .22 WMR bolt guns and lever guns, but I sure would like one in a semi-auto as well. Hunters do use semi-autos centerfires on occasion, so why not rimfires?

      • Fred Johnson

        have and like. dang typos.

    • n0truscotsman

      There is a large niche for the ‘affordable, repeating 17 HMR rifle” that was unfilfilled as far as I know.

      • DW

        Don’t forget Henry makes several leverguns in 17HMR

        • n0truscotsman

          I did forget, especially since I dont follow 17hmr all too much. 😉 My interest was recently peaked when two people I know purchased A17s.

    • Zachary marrs

      it is legal in many places to hunt with semi autos

  • Amanofdragons

    We have a target model in the store I work. Nice rifle. I’m hoping they’ll let me take it for a test drive.

  • nova3930

    Dear Savage, make an A17/A22 with a threaded barrel and I’ll buy one just as quick as I can find it…

    • maodeedee

      A subsonic (900-1000 fps?) 17 wouldn’t seem to make much sense would it? maybe a purpose-built 22 mag with special ammo that used a 60 grain bullet? Otherwise if not for mounting a suppressor, what do you need a threaded barrel for, looks?

      • nova3930

        #1. I already have the suppressor so why not use it.
        #2. It works well enough on my Ruger American 22 mag that I had deer grazing <100 yards out while I was zeroing it.
        #3. On open ground the crack of the bullet is not nearly as loud as the muzzle blast. I have a nearly 3 yo son who's old enough to go out with me when I plink, hand me ammo, etc etc but is still a little timid of muzzle blast. Suppressor works great for that on 22 mag.

        • maodeedee

          Thanks for that info!

  • Markbo

    When Savage makes one for the wonderful HM2 cartridge I will be impressed and I will buy one. In the meantime my Rugers in .22 WMR & 17HMR are very accurate and 100% reliable and safe as are my HM2s built on the 10/22 action.

  • warhead

    I want a Savage A17 Super Mag please…

    • maodeedee

      I think that would be a whole other gun scaled up in size but it would be cool, no doubt about it.

  • maodeedee

    I want some ammo company to partner with Savage and develop a “Plus +P” 22 mag load but with a 40 or even 45 grain bullet.