17 HMR AMMUNITION SAFETY NOTICE AND WARNING
August 20, 2009 (Updated August 31, 2009)
Do not use 17 HMR ammunition in semi-automatic firearms without consulting with your firearms manufacturer. Use of 17 HMR ammunition in semi-automatic firearms may result in serious personal injury or property damage.
17 HMR ammunition is manufactured in accordance with standards issued by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufactures’ Institute (SAAMI). Subsequent to the design and introduction of 17 HMR ammunition to the market, 17 HMR semi-automatic firearms were introduced by various firearm manufacturers. Many of those firearms have proven to be incompatible with 17 HMR ammunition. 17 HMR ammunition is suitable for use in quality firearms in good condition that are not semi-automatic.
Accordingly, do not use 17 HMR ammunition in semi-automatic firearms without consulting with your firearms manufacturer. Only use 17 HMR in quality modern firearms in good condition marked for 17 HMR cartridges. Always use eye and ear protection. Always read all product labeling carefully for instructions on safe use.
Please contact your gun manufacturer. For ammunition questions contact CCI Technical Service.
Ruger 4/5 scale Vaquero Warning
CAUTION: Ruger has introduced a New Vaquero with a smaller frame size, 4/5th's the size of the OLDER Ruger Vaquero. Ruger has suggested that the New Model Vaquero use only ammunition that is to the Industry pressure level for the 45 Colt (14,000 psi). Load data for the 45 Colt in the #13 Speer Reloading Manual has higher pressure load data listed as applicable to "45 Colt for Ruger & Contender ONLY".
DO NOT USE THE HIGHER PRESSURE DATA FOR THE NEW 4/5TH'S SIZE RUGER VAQUERO
To all 17 Mach 2 Shooters
Understanding the popularity of firearm modification and customization in the rimfire community, there are compelling reasons for 17 Mach 2 shooters to be made aware of the dangers inherent in creating or modifying firearms. The 17 Mach 2 is a specially designed cartridge that relies on a manufacturer or professional gunsmith paying especially close attention to the specifications set by SAAMI-the shooting industry’s regulating board. Due to the intricacies of this cartridge, ammunition manufacturers will be placing the following warning (or similar language to this effect) on all 17 Mach 2 product packaging. The manufacturers of this great new product are excited to bring it to rimfire shooters everywhere, but urge everyone to please keep safety the number one priority by following guidelines set by the experts.
WARNING: To avoid serious injury from a ruptured cartridge, 17 Mach 2 ammunition should only be used in firearms with components specifically designed to safely fire 17 Mach 2 ammunition, including the firearm's action components (bolt/firing mechanism). Do not use this ammunition in firearms that have been modified unless ALL the action components have been specifically designed or verified by the firearm manufacturer as useable for 17 Mach 2.