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Old 12-03-2019, 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by pipestone View Post
This is my third gopher season on a new rifle and have kept it clean without a rod using the Patchworm method; I clean after every outing..not after 300-1000rds
..and brush the chamber/ lead occasional
How many rounds count as “one outing” on your new 17?
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:38 PM
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From the end of Feb-1st part of March to end of Sept I hunt the Columbian ground squirrel. Normally carry two rifles, a .22 and either a .22 mag or the .17 HMR, but mostly the .17.

Typical heavy day of rds fired in the .17 is ~50-100; I never take more than two boxes cause thats about where I call time,
...time to clean that is.

The .22 rds fired is ~ same, even though with the .22 I do carry more ammo and don't mind running as much as I want.

Start grossing them out with bucoo rds and you will start getting behind the curve.......harder to clean and sometimes not getting clean

Just my mileage, yours may vary

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Old 12-04-2019, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by HARDBALLER View Post
One of the best tricks I've found for cleaning 17 caliber rifles is using Q-tips. Cut the Q-tips in half so that you'll have two of them. Then push the Q-tip down the 17 caliber bore and throw away. They're cheap, fit the 17 caliber bores perfectly, and is in every house hold.
This^. And make sure the rod tip used for pushing has no sharp edges, justin case.
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