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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning a 17 Caliber

What do you folks use? Some tell me Bore Snake or Otis so you don't damage the bore, some use only rods and patches. Pros and cons?
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I have a Tipton coated rod for my 17 hornet. I use JB bore paste and Kroil.
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I have a 17 cal SS rod.
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I would use a .17 rod. I have never used a pull through device as I question why you would drag the crud from all the previous cleanings through the bore. Makes no sense to me except possibly as something .to carry on a back country hunt. It is usually not recommended to use JB every time you clean in the complete length for the barrel but usually used to clean the throat area with maybe about 10 passes every 50 to 100 rounds. Using Kroll alone will not clean your barrel, proven with a bore scope. Shooting a .17 high velocity round will produce copper, I use Sweet but there are others that work well. I see a lot of match shooters using Bore Tech Eliminator and Butcher. I have used both and both work on carbon and copper .
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I have a bore snake that I use just to get the heavy crud out for quick cleanings. I use a rod for more thorough cleanings. I used to have a stainless rod, but it got bent so I threw it away. I'm going with a carbon fiber for my new rod. Very important to use a bore guide when dealing with 17 cal.
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Marcus, excellent point on bore guide, regardless of calber.
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Carbon rod, jb paste, Bore guide is a empty case with the primer pocket drilled out, for the cleaning rod to pass thru. A cut off Q-tip makes for a decent cleaning swab, just screw the qtip shaft into your rod. I use a patch with the jb, and final cleaning. I use carb cleaner to get the jb paste out, and then coat with bore cote.
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I use a Tipton rod for the .17 caliber. I clean from the breach. Butch's bore shine on a bronze brush cleans it very well. If I have copper I will use Sweet's or other copper removers with good results.
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Carbon rod, jb paste, Bore guide is a empty case with the primer pocket drilled out, for the cleaning rod to pass thru. A cut off Q-tip makes for a decent cleaning swab, just screw the qtip shaft into your rod. I use a patch with the jb, and final cleaning. I use carb cleaner to get the jb paste out, and then coat with bore cote.
Great advice! Most .17's shoot better when a little dirty IMHO so I don't clean mine until accuracy indicates a need.

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Dewey makes great coated rods. Don't have a 17, but I use a Dewey on my 20 cal.

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