I just got my hot little hands on the Big Daddy of rimfire rifles: the Volquartsen .17 Winchester Super Magnum Deluxe. It’s a semi-automatic with an 8-round rotary magazine much like those on the venerable Ruger 10/22. This rifle is all Volquartsen, however, even though it shares similar design attributes to the Ruger 10/22 like the receiver, bolt and magazine release.
This rifle shoots the (relatively) new .17 caliber Winchester Super Magnum rimfire cartridge. I’ve tried two types of ammo so far: Winchester Varmint 25-grain tipped, and American Eagle 20 grain tipped. The heavier Winchesters clocked in at an informal average of 2,590 feet per second while the 20-grain Eagles averaged 2,995 feet per second. That’s smokin’ from a rimfire rifle.
Will it shoot? Check out the photo and you be the judge. It’s louder than a .22LR of course, but the beautifully machined muzzle brake unscrews to allow the addition of a suppressor (1/2 x 28 threads) if you like.