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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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17 AKELY HORNET

Has anyone out there use a 17 AKELY HORNET?
I own 1 and simply love the gun.Its a great FALL TURKEY GUN.Killed many a chuck and crow with it also.I have gotten some great groups out to 200yds.on calm days.Only problem i find is after 7 or 8 shots it looses accurecy.Then i need to brush and clean the barrel and its right back on target.Anyone else find the same problem?Other than that its one of my prized guns.I have a 4 to 12 swarovski on it.A sweet scope.Great gun.Im hopeing to get a shot at a YOTE with it while hunting turkeys.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 07:24 PM
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Re: 17 AKELY HORNET

I have a regular .17 hornet and think it's a cool caliber.I never shot much paper with it.I basically sighted it in at 100 yards and went hunting.I killed a turkey with it last fall and my son and I have killed probably 20 wood chucks with it.We have about 30 rounds through it and it's only been cleaned once that I can remember.The vast majority of woodchucks have been between 150 and 200 yards.Usually you just hear a dull thud and they're dead.Pretty impressive for such a little cartridge.
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Re: 17 AKELY HORNET

I have one and a .17 K-Hornet, both Oregon Kimbers...The only difference between the K and the Ackley is the Ackley has a 30 degree shoulder vs. a 28 degree on the K. Both are accurate and fun to shoot...I use R-P Hornet brass to form cases, gently, of course...never hunted turkeys with either...I'm using a KoO in 7mm TCU for fall birds...don't like the little bullets because of their tendency to deflect easily...

Neither barrel is a fouler like yours....
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Re: 17 AKELY HORNET

Chez what is the make of the rifle and barrel?
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Im not sure DRAGS.My father in law passed away and left it to me because,i always admired the gun. He also left me a 340 weatherby .Will the barrel be marked what it is?I will check it tonite.Im suprised most guys arnt having a problem with the barrel fouling.i wounder if it has anything to do with the POLYMER tips the guy loads on the shells for me?I also have a savage 17 with acutriger.It seems to wander a bit after 15 or so shots.I clean that gun quite a bit.I use factory CCI with the POLYMER tip also with that gun.
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Polymer tips have nothing to do with fouling...the smoothness of the barrel interior has everything to do with it...Take it to a 'smith who has a borescope and have him check it...fire lapping the barrel wouldn't hurt it...try scrubbing it with J-B bore paste first, following their directions....might help some...
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-10-2014, 12:23 AM
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I agree with winchesterbob...it ain't the bullets. It's the powder...or copper. Either way it isn't clean. Accurate 1680 is THE powder for the 17ah. It's dirty. And if you aren't using any type of copper solvent, you need to. So many people just don't know how to clean a gun. A couple patches with Hoppes #9 just doesn't cut it.

My 17ah is a TC contender. Shoots 20 gr vmax great with 1680. Want to try Vihta Vourhi N120. It's cleaner and faster.
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i looked on the barrel.its a CASCADE.
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Re: 17 AKELY HORNET

I BRUSH THE BARREL AND SCRUB IT ,I ALSO OIL AND PATCH IT.I HAVE TO GET SOMEONE ELSE TO LOAD THE ROUNDS FOR ME MAYBE,IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD TRY RELOADING MYSELF.AS FAR AS CLEANING MY GUNS ,IM PRETTY SURE I KNOW WHAT IM DOING,BUT ANY ADVISE I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR.tHANKS FOR THE INPUT GUYS.gOOD lUCK.
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You need to address copper too...17's are notorious for copper fouling. Don't mean to offend you, but most people just don't know how to properly clean a rifle. I work in a gun shop and you can't believe the number of barrels that come in with GREEN bores. Pick up a can of Outers Foaming bore cleaner at Wally World. Do your normal brush/patch. When you think it's clean, shoot the foam in and let it soak. If it comes out blue, you got copper. Repeat until no more blue.

You didn't mention what solvent you use to clean with, but most solvents are marginal at best for copper removal.
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