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Bad Wolf 08-28-2008 12:20 PM

Barrel life: .17 Rem vs .17 Rem Mach IV/Fireball

Most of my shooting is done with a .17HMR and is walkabout vermin shooting.

I'm considering buying a Remington CDL chambered in .17 Rem Fireball but, as I shoot about 2,000 rounds a year, I'm concerned over the reputation of the .17 Rem as a barrel burner.

I know that the wildcat .17 Mach IV and new .17 Rem Fireball have lower powder charges than the .17 Rem and that barrel fouling is probably reduced - but can anyone confirm whether there is a significant improvement in barrel life ?

Thanks in advance.

rickrem700 08-29-2008 08:16 AM

barrel life?
I could not say for sure, I can only assume with such a small bore I would not expect much, guessing 12 to 15 hundred accurate rounds if you keep her clean, I clean mine every 10 or 12 shots, but thats just me guessing, I might be all wet!!
It will be interesting what others have to say about it, I'll keep watching this thread.

cpttango30 08-29-2008 11:25 AM

You really need to go to Small Caliber News I look around.

Or try looking at

That is the most current and up to date info in the small caliber world. I know a few guys that hang outover on the Saubier message boards. These are guys that all shoot sub calibers (Calibres under .224") So you will get good answers over there.

Bad Wolf 08-29-2008 02:57 PM


Originally Posted by cpttango30 (Post 38316)
.. Or try looking at

Thanks I'll try there as well. :)

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