Stan, been a long time since I loaded for one. Pretty sure I used IMR4198. I had Remington cases and used Remington 71/2 primers. Probably some easier metering and perhaps better powders now to obtain more velocity.
Thanks. I will look at those powders. I have read that this rifle is accurate up to 300 yards. With a 20 or 25 grain bullet I am beginning to wonder. At 100 yards my Remington seemed to spray the bullets around somewhat using factory loads. Shot tighter groups at fifty yards by far. Very little wind too. Am looking at 25 grains now.
Stan, might also check the trigger pull. I've adjusted all my Remington 700's. Throat could be shot out but my first place to look would be copper fouling. Might check and see if there is data for loading the 17 with CFE223. It will limit copper fouling and some say even remove some. It has worked good for me in 223.
That's too heavy for most precision shooting people. It may be a good indication that the previous owner didn't shoot enough to wear anything out. Most prairie dog shooters would have adjusted the trigger or replaced it.