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Cleaning a .17 - an exercise in frustration

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by monotonous_iterancy, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    Today I shot a .17 hmr. I shot maybe 15 rounds through it. So a few hours later, I tried to just do a basic cleaning. I take the bolt out, but nothing I have will fit in the bore. My segmented brass cleaning rod will fit, but stick anything on the end, and I have problems. For starters, I don't have a patch jag that small, so I try to push a patch through with just the rod. It pokes through. Then I manage to make it go in, but just a little. It gets stuck. I managed to get it out by putting the rod in the muzzle end and banging into it a few times.

    Then I tried taking a .17 bore brush and wrapping a patch around it. It also got stuck, and I tried to budge it, but it wouldn't come out. I had to use needle nose pliers. After that, I quit trying.

    Do I need specialized equipment for a .17?
  2. sacnho

    sacnho Member

    Try a boresnake. I am think they make one for 17 cal. I get pretty good results with the ones I have.
  3. SpringfieldM1A

    SpringfieldM1A Well-Known Member

    I had to get a new rod, jag, brush, and patches for my 17. I've been using 7/8 square patches and seem to do a decent job. Maybe someone else is using something different and has better luck. Can't shoot more than 50 rounds out of the rifle without cleaning it. Holds a nice group at 100 yards tho.
  4. 627PCFan

    627PCFan Well-Known Member

    17 is still a specialized caliber you have to pull the trigger and get the brushes jags and rod. IME the bore snakes don't work well with the 17hmr because I noticed the residue seems to be waxy and only effectively removed by bore brushing.
  5. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    Patchworm! I got one for my .17HMR and I love it. It works perfectly.
  6. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Yes. There are smaller rods and tips made specifically for cleaning a 17 caliber bore.

    20 caliber rods and tips as well are available.
  7. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

  8. SlowFuse

    SlowFuse Well-Known Member

    I read somewhere on here a while back that someone was using a piece of fishing string threaded through a patch. Tie a knot on the end so the patch doesn't fall off. I have not tried it but it seems like it would get you by until you can get the right set of accessories for the 17.
  9. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Just go get a 17 kit. That's a tiny bore and anything other than the right size will cause problems. I'm no fan of these bore snake types either. Break one off down in a rifle barrel and you got a big problem.
    I buy bulk patch material, about a 3/4 inch patch works best for 17 with the stuff I get.
  10. Fred in Wisc

    Fred in Wisc Well-Known Member

    I usually use foaming bore cleaner to reduce the number of patches I have to thread through that darn little hole.

    A special small caliber cleaning rod or a 1/8" soft brass brazing rod (if you're cheap) works best.
  11. Flashcube

    Flashcube Well-Known Member

    Made up a bunch of these at work when the boss picked up a .17 revolver. Was having similar cleaning frustrations. Work well with ¾" round patches.

    Attached Files:

  12. Big_E

    Big_E Well-Known Member

    I ended up selling my .17HMR Savage due to the pain of cleaning the bore and cost of ammo.

    When I did clean it, I had to cut patches into tiny bits, then push them through the breech with a broken tip of a plastic fork or a jewelry screwdriver. I was lucky my brass rod fit just enough.

    It was an accurate gun with a good amount of power for a rimfire, but ultimately I wasn't as impressed as I thought i'd be.

    They do have a .17 cal boresnake, but you still should use a brush and patches once in awhile.
  13. nipprdog

    nipprdog Well-Known Member

    Yes, pssst, research. ;)

    Great caliber, used to own it.
  14. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    The small caliber Otis cables should work well.
  15. 45crittergitter

    45crittergitter Well-Known Member


  16. swag

    swag Member

    Make sure you get the one piece .17 rod, not a cheap three piece, little bit of a frustrated push an they buckle and break. Loved the rifle, hated the calibre, bought the .22mag barrell available for mine an my cleaning chores have gone back to peaceful zen state sessions....
  17. del4

    del4 Well-Known Member

    I bought a .17 cal. Bore snake. It did not work for me. The little weight doesn't fall through even with the slightest fouling. I just bought an otis kit.

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  18. coyote315

    coyote315 Well-Known Member

    i'll second the blue patchworm- mine works well!
  19. gpjoe

    gpjoe Well-Known Member

    Most of the time I use a length of weed-whacker trimmer line. Melt the end to form a bit of a ball and allow to cool. Wrap the ball end with a 22 patch, saturate with your favorite bore cleaner, and push from the muzzle end. Follow up with some dry patches.

    I can't take credit - saw this at Rimfire Central.
  20. bugmania

    bugmania Well-Known Member

    I use the .17 Tipton rod with a Tipton jag and Southern Bloomer patches on my Savage. It's snug, but it should be. The good thing is that you don't need to clean that often, only when you see groups widening up. Like .22, .17 likes to be a bit dirty.

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