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nastynatesfish
December 10, 2009, 06:41 PM
I was at an old abandoned farm house and while running with the metal detector I found a rifle wrapped up under a pile of crap. it a bolt action and kinda looks like a remington 600 action but there's no markings anywhere on the rifle. its stamped, and looks like hand stamps in 17-222? looked through my book and found a listing for it. I can't find any brass and am wondering if I can neck down a 222 case. I've got cerrosafe in it now to cast the chamber and do some measuring. just wondering if anyone has any knowledge of the round.

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Walkalong
December 10, 2009, 06:44 PM
Interesting find.


17/222 link (http://www.reloadbench.com/cartridges/w17222.html) #1

17/222 link (http://www.6mmbr.com/17wildcats.html) #2

dakotasin
December 10, 2009, 07:06 PM
i would think poop on a rifle would seriously degrade the metal and wreck the wood...

nastynatesfish
December 10, 2009, 07:14 PM
I wouldn't enter it into any beauty contest and the stock is a little soft in spots but after a gallon of B 12 and some scrubbing the action works. thanks for that post too walkalong that's cool to read.

shaggy430
December 10, 2009, 08:12 PM
Pictures would help.

shotgunsrfun
December 10, 2009, 08:17 PM
"I was at an old abandoned farm house and while running with the metal detector I found a rifle"

You sure someone didnt burry it? turn it in to the police???????

How do you just find a rifle in a barn house? who walks in those old things? I would be scared if the building would fall.

52grain
December 10, 2009, 08:37 PM
If you plan to keep the rifle, take it to a gunsmith before you shoot it.

Walkalong
December 10, 2009, 08:45 PM
You sure someone didnt burry it? turn it in to the police???????A 17/222 used in a crime? Nah. Wouldn't hurt to check with the Police though.

nastynatesfish
December 10, 2009, 09:57 PM
I've found some pretty cool stuff with the metal detector. found a 36 caliber colt black powder like 3 years ago, and I did talk to the sheriff about it and he just said congradulations lol. I just think it was a leave behind from someone. ill have some picks of it when I finish getting the dirt out of the bore but so far it looks fine...actionwise

rangerruck
December 11, 2009, 01:45 AM
your story, while cute, absolutely did not happen, without pictures. That is just the way it is , 'round here.
also here is some good info on various 17's...
http://www.6mmbr.com/17wildcats.html
http://www.saubier.com/smallcaliber/which17.html

be careful; there are two diff carts out there, the 17/222 and the javelina, that are both very similar... You can proly load for both ways, and they will proly both work, but hopefully , yours is the straight 17/222. Easier to work the cases, according to the Saubier article. Plus the fact you can get nearly 17 remmy speeds, with better brass, and a longer case neck, for better cooling of the throat area, leads me to believe, you proly can fully get to 4000 fps, with 25 grain bullets, especially with the new reloader 17 powder.

... And yes, if it is the 17/222 then it is just a 222 case, necked down, with no other changes!!!
How cool is that?

gunnutery
December 11, 2009, 03:22 AM
It's hard to tell by your post but those abandoned farm houses are still owned by someone. Without permission from the owners it would be considered burglary. Apparently the Sheriff doesn't have a problem with it according to your later post, but if the owners wanted to press the issue the Sheriff may have to do something about it.

Just saying, stay safe and legal.

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