CCI Reinvents the Rimfire Load
CCI designed its .17 HMR A17 Varmint Tip ammunition specifically for the Savage Arms A17 rifle.

When CCI was tasked with making a load customized for Savage Arm’s new A17 rifle, they came up with the A17 Varmint Tip, a hot, screaming-fast load that delivers extended range, improved terminal performance, and accuracy.

“It was a big deal when the fast, flat-shooting .17 HMR cartridge first came out,” says CCI Ammunition Category Director Rick Stoeckel. “But the one hang-up was it could not be safely shot in a semi-auto platform.”

When Savage engineers detailed the A17’s new receiver, Stoeckel realized it was something special. “I knew it was something big—a system the world of rimfire had never seen before,” he says. “Here at CCI we pride ourselves in building specialty ammunition, and the A17 .17 HMR is truly customized to fit a niche like a glove. I knew this rifle could be the foundation of new line of rimfire ammunition that would exceed what has been done in the past, and I knew CCI needed to be a part of it.”

What CCI engineers came up with was a 17-grain, polymer-tipped varmint bullet that expands rapidly and clocks in at an industry-best 2,650 fps out of the muzzle, and 2,000 fps at 100 yards. It packs a wallop for its size, delivering 265 foot-pounds of muzzle energy and 151 at 100 yards.

“The higher velocity also optimized the A17’s delayed blow-back system for flawless performance,” Stoeckel adds. “It’s important to note that the A17 rifle certainly functions well with other .17 HMR ammunition. But CCI had the exclusive opportunity to design specific ammo that provides the best performance and accuracy. This way, we could eliminate any guesswork that might stump customers when deciding what ammo they should feed their new A17 autoloader.”

The new CCI A17 ammunition can be fired through bolt-action .17 HMR firearms.

Suggested retail price for CCI A17 Varmint Tip Ammunition is $66.95 for a 200-round pack. You can learn more at