Alright so I got an almost brand new savage 17HMR. I was out shooting it at the range since I got a scope on it and getting it on paper. I was having a lot of failures to eject so when a shell didn't eject I didn't have any reason to suspect a problem. Other people were shooting so I didn't here the tell tail pop of the squib round also because the 17HMR has a fairly mild muzzle blast. So I ejected the shell and chambered another round and shot it. I saw a gray mist when I fired and knew something went very wrong then I noticed the bulge... The barrel bulge is super easy to see plain as day but its difficult to get a picture of. I think this picture shows it best. Lucky for me the bulge is no where near the 16 inch rifle barrel length limit. So I can just cut it off and still be legal. If you cut down the barrel to less than 16 inches its considered a short barrel rifle and subject to be registered with the national fire arms act division on the ATF. I scored the barrel with a pipe cutter and cut it with my portable band saw. I took an 8ga screw put it in my dermal and put it on the belt sander to get the 90 degree profile for the polish. Just using some wood as a vice protector. With this we will defend. That piece of crap fence is not mine. That's why it looks like crap. The bad section of barrel after cutting it off and the almost finished muzzle on the rifle. I used a screw chamfer bit and hadn't polished it with my brass dermal screw setup with polishing compound. You don't have to use a power band saw or belt sander to cut and surface the barrel but I did. I hacksaw and file would work if you have all day. From pipe cutter score to polishing the crown took me about 30 minutes. New barrel length is about 18.2 inches and over all length is about 37 inches. Still 50 state legal. Total cost was about $7, using about $700 worth of tools. I noticed my nearly new band saw blade was very dull when I used it later on regular steel, the savage barrel material is pretty hard and ruined my band saw blade.