Savage B.MAG Rifle – .17 Winchester Super Magnum

Savage B.MAG rifle

The new Savage B.MAG rifle is a completely new compact rimfire bolt-action gun designed specifically for the new .17 Winchester Super Magnum cartridge.  The .17 WSM is a rimfire round that is capable of speeds to an amazing 3,000 fps.  Click here for more on this new cartridge.

The B.MAG is an entirely new rifle, not merely a warmed over existing rimfire gun.  According to Bill Dermody of Savage, there are “exactly zero” parts on the B.Mag that interchange with the company’s other rimfire rifles.  In fact, Dermody suggested that the features of this new rifle more closely resemble their centerfire cartridge rifle line than the rimfire line.

This rifle uses a short action bolt with rear locking lugs for additional strength to handle the higher pressure .17 WSM.  The rifle also has a “cock on close” action and hidden action screws.

Savage B.Mag Specifications

Caliber17 WSM
Capacity8 rounds
Barrel Length22"
Overall Length40.5"
Rate of Twist1:9 RH

The B.MAG uses a thread-in headspacing system that is very similar to the more expensive centerfire rifles in the Savage catalog.  According to Savage reps at the SHOT Show, this headspacing system significantly enhances accuracy.

The B.MAG comes with the extremely popular AccuTrigger, which is a user-adjustable trigger that Savage uses on most of their rifles above the entry-level, budget guns.  It does not require special tools for adjustment by the owner.

Savage B.MAG review

An eight-round, rotary magazine is standard on this rifle.  The magazine is detachable and feeds from the center of the mag.  It should be a relatively simple thing to make a larger capacity magazine, but there are no announced plans to do so.  An extended magazine might be of some benefit to varmint hunters who are eliminating large numbers of pests at long range.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like the Hot Lips magazines for the 10/22 from Butler Creek.

A black synthetic stock is standard with a matte blued finish on the metal parts.  A soft-rubber butt pad caps the end of the stock.  The B.MAG doesn’t have a lot of recoil, but the rubber butt pad is still a nice addition.

The B.MAG has a 22″ barrel.  According to one Savage rep I spoke to, the total weight of the guns should be less than 4.5 pounds when the guns ship.  Specific information on the barrel (twist rate, etc.) has not yet been announced.  At the time of this writing, the gun is not yet listed on the Savage website.

Considering the speeds, and therefore pressures, the new .17 Winchester Super Magnum is generating, I am not surprised that this rifle might more resemble a centerfire gun than a rimfire.  The Savage B.MAG certainly appears to be built with safety and durability in mind.

According to Dermody, the Savage B.MAG is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2013.  Talking to Winchester Ammunition reps, they were certain the guns and ammunition would be hitting the shelves by the first week of April.  The suggested retail price of the rifle is $349.  While a bit more than many rimfire rifles, the price is certainly more affordable than most centerfire cartridge rifles.

Update July 2013 – The Savage B.Mag is now shipping, as is the Winchester .17 WSM ammo.  This article has been updated with additional information and the specifications table.

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  • Don’t Call Me Francis

    I was wondering who would chamber a rifle in this new caliber. I figured the options were limited since Remington, Marlin, etc. are all part of the same group now and Remington is a competitor to Winchester ammo.

  • Ross

    how do you mount a scope?

  • R. Dean Barkes

    I am excited about this new 17 wsm. And my son and I want to buy one. We are from a small town in Idaho. We have talked to both retailers up here, and they didn’t know about the 17 wsm. but now they do. And said that all guns, and ammunition were hard to get. And more or less said good luck. I have looked on the Internet, searched and searched. Nothing. We are very interested in purchasing two of these rifles. My son has spent the last six years in the army, a year straight in Afghanistan, and is getting out of the service at the end of april. I thought that this would be a great gift for him as well as us continuing this great tradition that we both have for our guns. We have both enjoyed guns and just plinking, all of our lives. So can you help me out on how and where to purchase two of the .B MAG’s, we would love you forever!!!

    • Richard

      I wish I could give you a name of a dealer with two in stock. These rifles should be released around this time, so I would expect that a few might be trickling out soon. Maybe check with your local dealers and see if they can put in an order with their distributor? I wish I had a better answer.

      Thank you to your son for his service, and to you for being his parent during his deployment. I cannot imagine the stress that must be on you.


      • Eddie

        This web site has it listed and it also shows the dealers by area code maybe this will help you find 2 of the Savage B-Mag’s. I’m looking forward to picking one up for my self!!!

        God Bless your Son for everything he has done for use all!!!


    • Eddie

      This web site has it listed and it also shows the dealers by area code maybe this will help you find 2 of the Savage B-Mag’s.

      God Bless your Son for everything he has done for use all!!!

  • steve

    I had my hands on a 17 hornet savage’ could have bought it 6 months ago and havent seen 1 round i could get, it will be the same for the b mag a honest sales person told me the employes at the shop get the guns and all the ammo

  • Jim Cox

    Well, now we have anther gun on the market (if you can find one) and no ammo to shoot in it. The ammo is harder to find than the gun. I lucked out and got one as it came in to Walmart then found several boxes of the ammo at two different sporting goods shops. It never ceases to amaze me when guns and ammo manufacturers introduce something then wait months to get it onto the shelves. Those dealers who do have the gun or the ammo generally jack the price up considerably.(not Walmart) Walmart on the other hand is not shipping the ammo to their stores so that makes finding it at a reasonable price is quite difficult. I guess the manufacturers know that we customers get excited (I did) and will do whatever it takes to get the product. Now that I have the gun at a very reasonable price and ammunition also fairly reasonable, I will sit back and wait for the prices to come down.
    If they ever do.

    Jim Cox

  • Gandalf

    Interesting gun. It definitely pushes the rimfire far beyond anything I would have expected as possible.

  • Robert Wohlfeil

    Prettiest rim fire cartridge I’ve ever seen! Only wish that savage would meet the obligation to Winchester by having the b-mags on the retailers shelves as they said they would? The second quarter has passed!

  • Jim Cox

    Well, I got one of the rifles and love it in spite of a flaw I see with the bolt action. That being the bolt handle is too close to the grip and gets in the way. You have to be careful or you will knock the bolt upward when not intending to do so. As for them being readily available, well, surely Savage can do better with production. The other major problem is that he ammo is very scarce. If you can find it at Walmart it is very reasonably priced at $14.97 per box of fifty. You can buy only three boxes per day. They don’t last that long because they don’t get but a few boxes at a time! But, other places are gouging the consumer charging anywhere from $21.00 to $50.00+ per box when they have it. Winchester needs to get on the ball and get the ammo on the shelves at a reasonable price. Maybe then Savage will also step up production. It is the same od game every time something new comes out.

  • russ

    Got a new b mag but was not able to get ammo at place I bought gun. Finally after two weeks found a couple goes of ammo at a gun show priced jacked up to 35 a box but got it to fire rifle for first time. Eveythin went well with the
    E fireing no problems except found. Little difficult to lod ammo into magazine.

  • Charles

    Purchased a B-mag for my wife for Christmas. She is very pleased with this firearm. Franklin Armory has recently produced a rifle in the same 17 WSM.
    Agree with Jim Cox’s comments regarding the ammo and its scarcity. Ammo is a bit hard to find although all new rounds are. I purchased additional mags direct and was told that production is ramping up to meet demand. I do believe this round is going to become very popular due to its accuracy and performance.