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.