I hadn't heard anything about the new stuff till I went to thier site to look up some serial #'s and found those announcements.
I knew it had to be just a matter of time till they came out with the 10/17. I haven't seen the new design yet but I'd be surprised if anything changes except the stock and barrel. Imagine to possibilities of a heavy barreled custom 10/17!
Yeah, I would be real interested in something like that myself. Heck, since I sighted in my scope on my Remington .17 I have only had one squirrel come into shooting distance, and that one was through small branches and leaves. I fired one shot and couldn't tell if he fell or jumped down from that branch. Course, I was standing in my underwear on the porch (one of the true benefits of living out in the boonies) and didn't feel like traipsing out into the woods to see if there was a carcass there or not. A couple of other squirrels were cursing me in the distance, but they were out of sight.
But yeah, a heavy barreled Ruger 10/17 with an aftermarket trigger and nice low powered Leupold scope would be a real nice toy to play with.
Has anyone tried any bolt action .17 HMR rifles that are especially noteworthy?
Well I called Ruger to find out if they plan to discontinue the 10/22 carbine because of the new model coming out. Well I got a rather not too nice woman in sales who told me the rifle and the carbine are one and the same. I expalined no they were not and she insisted they were. She the went to the Ruger web site and told me all the specs were the same for the rifle as for the carbine. When I explained they were different she got perturbed with me, but I must admit she checked some more. She finally agreed they were different animals; and then told me as far as she can determine the 10/22 carbine will continue to be sold. I am almost tempted to go out and buy 3 of them today - that is except for the fact I am not in or even near my home state and cannot legally buy one - or I would buy at least one.
What the heck has happened to Ruger's reputation as a pro-customer sort of a business??? That this sales person did not even know of the new model, then insisted it was the same as the carbine, then said 'as far as she can determine' (as opposed to giving me a definite answer) - all let alone the fact that she was rather crude and rude when speaking to me - and it makes me think that Ruger is fast going to the dogs.
While I was on Rugers site, I requested the new catalog. It arrived yesterday and has pics of the newly designed 10/22.
I must say that I wasn't really impressed with the new look. I was expecting to see something like the old walnut deluxe stock that you'd see on the 10/22's. It looks more like a cookie cutter ash stock like the old carbine stock with a slight variation. I don't think this new design will benifit them much, the stock and barrel are the first things to go anyway!
Probably old man Ruger was hell on wheels around the shop, but once he passed away, the ship lost it's captain. It's happened to companies before. The old man was more interested in the reputation of the company that bears his name. The kids are more interested in the annuities and what toys they can buy with the money.