25 Round Magazine for Savage A17

Butler Creek A17 magazine

Butler Creek announced a 25 round magazine for the Savage A17 rifle. The A17 is a semi automatic rifle chambered for the .17 HMR cartridge, and it was introduced at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.

As both Savage and Butler Creek are owned by Vista Outdoors, I would expect that the two companies closely collaborated on the development of this magazine. Further, I would expect that the mag will be completely reliable out of the box.

The new magazine uses a polymer body with an all metal head and feed lips. The magazine spring is made of stainless steel and the polymer follower is designed to resist tilting. A loading assist tab is located on the side of the magazine body to assist with inserting cartridges. There are round count indicators on the side of the magazine.

Butler Creek designed the magazines so that two may be clipped together. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $35.95 for one magazine.

If customer feedback is to be believed, the A17 encountered some initial trigger and magazine problems – though the issues did not seem to be universal. Based on the feedback I have gotten, it appears those problems have been ironed out. Savage added the A22 to its line at the 2016 SHOT Show. This rifle uses the same basic system, but is chambered in .22 WMR (.22 Magnum).

The A17 is one of the few semi-automatic rifles that have been successful at chambering the .17 HMR. Some reader may recall that other manufacturers encountered significant problems with the cartridge in an auto loading rifle.

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/.


  • Porty1119

    I’m not really sure what the point of a large magazine is with a high-cost varmint caliber, but it sounds like a quality product.

    • iksnilol

      Might be good for home defense for people with limited strength/mobility?

      I mean, those high speed varmint rounds might be good? I don’t know. I feel the P90 in SBR form is probably the best for somebody with disabilities.

      • ostiariusalpha

        It’s for when the rabbits try to swarm attack you. 10 high capacity mags and a strong trigger finger, it’s either you or them.

      • Porty1119

        I look at the 10-22 as filling that niche. The ammunition is reasonably affordable to practice with compared to .17HMR, and modestly-effective defense .22LR does exist. Not that it would be my first or even fourth choice, but it exists. I agree with you on the P90 SBR.

    • What is your definition of high cost? .17 HMR and 9mm Luger are quite close in price per box of 50 rounds. Or do you mean higher cost relative to other rimfire chamberings?

  • Nicholas C

    I wonder if they make a 25 rd .22wmr mag for a 77/22.

  • gunsandrockets

    Well, the other shoes have now dropped. Excellent!

    Someday I will get the wood stocked A17, and some high-cap mags. By the time I get around to it, those magazine prices should have dropped some.

  • Southpaw89

    Hope it works better than their 10-22 mags.

    • JSmath

      I was about to rag on them about wanting to suck people’s money, but according to the article, the head and feed lips are metal ~ Those are notably rather reliable, from what I’ve read, and something I certainly wish was available for the 597.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: Hope it works better than…

      …the Flip Open and Blizzard scope caps. A set of the FOs failed within a year (latch on one, hinge on the other), and the Blizz never worked at all (won’t even stay closed just sitting on a table). And this isn’t in hard use. All I ask them to do is keep dust off the lens, and open on command a few times a year. Needless to say this has soured me on any Butt Creek products.