New Models Raise the Bar on Rimfire Performance

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If you’re a fan of the .17 HMR or .22 WMR, you need to see these new ground-breakers from Savage…

by Joe Byers for ShootingDaily; promoted by Savage Arms

The world of rimfire ramped up several notches when Savage introduced the A17 a couple years ago. This was the first semi-auto to effectively manage the blistering .17 HMR cartridge (heretofore, the .17 HMR was only a viable cartridge in bolt-action platforms).

That one leap forward opened the door for two more rimfire models for Savage in both the B and A Series, and today they are generating a lot of buzz amongst shooting and small game hunting communities. We’ve spent time this year with the new ergonomic B17 bolt rifle chambered in .17 HMR and the technologically sophisticated A22 Magnum semi-auto featuring the spicy .22 WMR chamber. Let’s just say these rifles have helped us rediscover the fun of rimfire.

Savage Chambers “The B”

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A close look at the B Series bolt rifles reveals a dozen new models that will fit nearly every hunter or shooter’s need. Barrel configurations include a Sporter Barrel, Heavy Barrel, Heavy Threaded (suppressor ready), and Heavy Stainless. B Series rifles come with a 21-inch carbon steel barrel and 39-inch overall length with a 13.5-inch length of pull. Rate of twist is 1:16 on the B22 and B22 Magnum, and 1:9 on the B17. Weights range from 5.44 pounds for the Model B22 FV-SR and B22 Mag FV-SR to 6.22 pounds for the Model B17 FV and B17 FVSS.

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Aside from the option of the .17 HMR, you can select from the .22 LR or the .22 WMR. Models begin at weights of about 5.5 pounds and will barely top 7 pounds with a quality scope and sling. The relative light weight of the B Series, therefore, makes this an ideal platform if you enjoy the traditional feel of a bolt-action rifle for hunting, plinking, and general recreational shooting.

Here are the highlights:

  • The B Series accuracy technology includes a thread-in headspace system similar to that of the Savage Centerfire line.
  • Performed accuracy in a rifle is affected as much by the quality of its trigger as any other factor. The user-adjustable AccuTrigger allows a shooter to personalize trigger pull to exact specifications without sacrificing safety.
  • The B Series 10-round rotary box magazine fits flush with the stock so there is no extension to catch on brush or shooting supports. The rifle fits more easily in a gun case with the magazine attached and can be easily swapped out with a loaded magazine upon arrival.
  • Accuracy is optimized through the button-rifling manufacturing process. Teamed with the adjustability of the AccuTrigger, a shooter can count on consistent accuracy.
  • The new stock design makes for tireless shooting. Since recoil is not an issue with rimfire cartridges, the ergonomic composite stock allows a shooter to “become one” with the rifle in his or her most comfortable position. Stocks come standard with sling studs for easy sling attachment and carry in the field.
  • The top tang safety is easily addressed without taking your hand from the grip. When sighting on a frisky gray squirrel or wily coyote, you can quickly go from sighting to paws-in-the-air.
  • Finally, models come drilled and tapped for optics. Some models include Picatinny rails in two sections for maximum sighting adjustability. Traditional iron sights are also an option.

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B17 FV Specifications

  • Series: B
  • Magazine: Detachable rotary
  • Stock Material: Synthetic
  • Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Matte
  • Barrel Color: Black
  • AccuTrigger: Yes
  • MSRP: $329

Savage A22 Magnum

A22 Magnum Semi-Auto .22 WMR

Among semi-automatic rimfire rifles, the Savage A Series stands out with features like zero-tolerance headspace. Each barrel is threaded into place with its individual action and bolt to form a perfectly matched set that is locked in place with a barrel locknut. Plus, the A Series A22 Magnum and A17 are set apart by their unique delayed-blowback action. The A17 was the first rimfire semi-automatic to cycle the hot .17 HMR, and now this action is available with .22 WMR chambering.


The delayed blowback system that enables semi-automatic operation for the .17 HMR is no small feat, yet the engineers at Savage succeeded where others had not. The problem has taken more than 10 years to solve, but solved it has been. Overall, the A Series Savage has just 11 parts, including some parts groups that function together. This efficient construction helps make the A Series rifles easy to disassemble for cleaning and to reassemble.

The A Series offers a receiver of case-hardened 8620 steel and a polished blue finish. It uses the same 10-round detachable box magazine as the B Series rifles and has 5-groove rifling with a 1:9 right-hand twist. The AccuTrigger is factory set at 4 pounds, 13 ounces, but can be adjusted without the need and expense of hiring a gunsmith.


A Series .22 Magnum Specifications

  • Magazine: Detachable rotary
  • Stock Material: Synthetic
  • Barrel Material: Carbon steel
  • Barrel Finish: Satin
  • Barrel Color: Black
  • AccuTrigger: Yes
  • MSRP $473


Whether you choose the traditional action of a B Series bolt action rifle or the speed and power of an A Series semi-automatic, Savage has your next rimfire. Get ready for a world of exciting and economical shooting fun.



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Although Savage Arms is one of our sponsors, the views expressed in this article are those of the author. receives compensation from Savage Arms in various forms to help promote their products.