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Old 10-16-2010, 01:51 PM
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Aint sure what to do ,Iwas told after the zeroing at the range to keep from throwing off the zero to not clean the barrel.Or it will throw off the zero. And if you dont clean wont the fouling damage the rifling in the barrel or the barrel itself.? What should i do this is a good question ive surfed the web without no results pleas help thanks Joe
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Old 10-16-2010, 02:20 PM
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Think the majority here would agree with after sighting-in and leaving the barrel fouled, unless you shot the heck out of it getting sighted. If so, after cleaning you need to revisit the range, shoot a few shots to foul the barrel and verify the POI. Leave it fouled, go hunting and clean as soon as finished.
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Old 10-16-2010, 02:53 PM
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Hmm, well I clean my firearms every trip to the range. When I get back to the range the next time, I simply fire a fouling shot or two before shooting groups...
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:44 PM
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Is a purdy rare rifle that will shoot the first couple of rounds to the same POA as the several that will follow from a clean bore.

Some do though! I have exactly one 22 lr that will. No others though! I don't even know of a centerfire rifle that will do it!

Muzzle-loader folks "worry" more about it than most. They put alot into that first shot from a clean barrel (They are kinda stuck because they must clean to avoid damage to the bore, and re-load is abit slow)

I have tried the "Shoot/Clean/Shoot/Clean thing in most of my rifles and can report here and now that "most" of them shoot smaller groups with the bore fouled to some degree.

The first shot from a cold/ clean bore is most likely to be out of the rest of the group. They tend to group "closer" after that.

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Old 10-16-2010, 05:54 PM
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My opinion -- most folks today really clean too much, or at least much more than they need to. With modern ammo, there is absolutely zero chance of fouling causing corrosion -- in fact, is has some anti-corrosive properties. Unless a barrel is really rough, copper fouling takes at least dozens of rounds before it affects accuracy. SUre, if I hunt in the rain and think water has gotten in the bore , I will run a patch thru when I get the chance, but this is rare, because I carry a bit of electrical tape in my hunting bag and cover the muzzle at the first sign of rain. I check the zero of my hunting rifles before the season starts and leave them alone after that. When the season ends, I will clean the bores of any that will be stored for a while.
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:02 PM
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Thanks for the advice really helpful and ive learned alot with your posts the tape is a good idea never thought of that ,,, well thanks again Joe
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