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Old 02-16-2011, 11:58 PM
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Default .17 Chuckbuster

I received a PM last night about the mention on one of my threads about the .17 Chuckbuster. It is a round that I conferred with P.O.
Ackley on, back in the early 60's. I didn't build the gun until 1989. It is built on an Interarms, Whitworth, Mark X, singleshot action. The action is a copy of the Mauser, but this model does not have a magazine feed port. The bottom of the receiver is solid. I don't even know if the single shot action is available. Right after I bought it, the war in Croatia was getting worse and the factory was destroyed.

The fastest it has been pushed is a little over 5400 fps. This test was done with a Williams 15 gr. bullet. The best accuracy is between 4100 and 4400 fps, 3 shots pretty much make a hole a little bigger than a .30 cal. I have killed over 50 Chucks with it in western PA, along with Deer and Coyotes in Texas, and lots and lots of paper. I have a Shilen barrel 1-9 twist, and Shilen inspected it back in 1995, after 2700 rounds, and could see no appreciable wear or damage. I sent Clymer the drawing and a dummy round, back in '89, and they ground the roughing and finish reamers. They have it listed with other reamers as the .17 Chuckbuster. The case is a .225 Winchester.

Because it was going to take from 6-8 months to have dies made, I decided to go ahead and make my own. I had the reamers, and the time. So far they have worked fine. I even built a Wilson straight line bullet seating die. It has really been a fun build, and I still get a grin every time I shoot it.


Below is the .17 Pee Wee next to the 17 Chuckbuster.

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:27 AM
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Default Thats cool Benny....

I've always thought if a person paced himself even with an "overbore"
cartridge it would last awhile,not bad barrel life is it?
Quite a good looking cartridge,we need to see a rifle pic though.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:32 AM
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Cool looking case !
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:36 AM
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Would that be near a 17Tac? Adam
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:55 AM
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Based on a .225 Win,almost the size of a .22-250
Back in the day there was a 17 Flintstone Super EyeBunger based on the
22-250 case.Needless to say it was a scorcher too.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:12 AM
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Based on a .225 Win,almost the size of a .22-250.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:28 PM
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Default Pictures of the .17 Chuckbuster Rifle

The stock is the Richards Maple/Walnut Wildcat model. The action is the Mark X Interarms Single shot action. I jeweled the bolt, ejector strap, inside of the action, and the bolt release lever. I built a jeweling jig years ago, and have done quite a few for gun owners around here. The Barrel is a 27+ Inch Shilen SS, with a 1-9 twist. The bi-Pod is something that I looked for, for quite a while. It has the retract detents internal, so that you don't have those ugly springs and sliding clips riding up and down the legs as you open and close it. The legs can also be extended and locked in place with a half twist knurled nut. It is attached where the sling swivel should go. I really like it. I don't remember the brand it is, and there is no name on it anywhere. For some reason I'm thinking I got it from B-Square. The scope is a Tasco 6 X 24, which I have no complaints about. It is inexpensive, but it works for me...














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Old 02-17-2011, 10:05 PM
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Sharp looking rifle,I alway liked those stocks, good cal. also. Allen
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:22 AM
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That's really neat
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:38 AM
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nice looking custom job
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