SAFETY RECALL: Winchester Recalls Two Lot Numbers Of .17HMR Ammo

    Safety Recall: Winchester .17HMR1

    Late last week, Winchester announced a product warning and recall for two batches of their .17 HMR ammunition.  Winchester stated that loads from these two lots could be missing powder.  The primer alone may have enough force to get the bullet into the barrel, but not enough to make it exit.  This could cause a catastrophic failure if a normally charged cartridge were used with the barrel obstructed.  Olin Winchester’s full press release is posted below:

    NOTICE: WINCHESTER® Super-X 17 HMR 20 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point

    Olin Winchester, LLC is recalling two (2) lots of 17 HMR 20 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Rimfire rifle ammunition.

    Symbol:  X17HMR1
    Lot Numbers (last four characters): NB51 and NB61

    Winchester has determined the above lots of 17 HMR ammunition may contain no powder charges. Ammunition with no powder charges may result in a bullet remaining in the barrel (i.e., a bullet-in-bore obstruction). Firing a subsequent bullet into the bore obstruction could cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable and subjecting the shooter and bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury. DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® 17 HMR 20 GRAIN JHP SYMBOL X17HMR1 THAT HAS A LOT NUMBER ENDING IN NB51 or NB61. The ammunition Lot Number is stamped on the top of the 1000-round case and the outside of the 50-round plastic box as indicated here.

    Safety Recall: Winchester .17HMR1

    Safety Recall: Winchester .17HMR1

    To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol and Lot Number.  If it is Symbol X17HMR1 and the last four characters of the Lot Number are NB51 or NB61, immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 844-653-8358 for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

    This notice applies only to Symbol X17HMR1 with Lot Numbers ending in NB51 and NB61. Other Symbols or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

    If you have any questions concerning this 17 HMR rimfire rifle ammunition recall, please call toll-free 844-653-8358, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 | Attn: X17HMR1 Recall), or visit our website at

    We apologize for this inconvenience.

    September 12, 2019


    Doug E

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