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Hunting in Louisiana

bore cleaning

Since hunting season is winding down i figured this would be a good topic. There are thousands of opinions on gun cleaning and maintenance particularly on the inside of barrels. I have done miles and miles of reading on this topic and it still seems to me opinions vary all over the place. With that being said i would like to hear how my fellow Louisiana hunters clean their rifle bores. Most of the reading i have been doing is writen by competition shooters who chew through plenty of rounds. I am only concerned about hunting rifles that may never see 50 rounds fired per year. I am also only concerned about the bore and not the action/exterior/wood etc. With that being said, how often do you guys clean your bores and do you use bore guides with brushes and solvents frequently or do you just pass a bore snake through once in a while and call it a day?
January 30, 2013 at 1:47pm
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Posted January 30, 2013 at 5:30pm
Wipe-out

http://www.eabco.com/WipeOut.htm

Get some wipe-out bore cleaner.

Then run a patch with CLP oil down the bore and put it up.

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Posted January 31, 2013 at 8:29pm
looking more along the lines of this

I have read where some believe that barrels shoot better with small amounts of copper fouling which in theory fill the imperfections. Therefore they will fire two or three rounds prior to a hunt or match to ensure best accuracy. I have also heard that an oiled bore will throw the first round in most barrels and this is the reason for pre-firing. So here is the problem i am having with that. We live in louisiana where humidity is high year round so i always oil my bore even if i do not clean it with solvent. So if i am going hunting at day light i cant just go out and fire a couple rounds in the pitch black before you go hunt. Do most local hunters opt to go without oiling the bore during hunting season? or do you not buy the theory that an oiled barrel produces a flyer on the first round(enough to hinder hunting accuracy) or am i overthinking this whole thing?

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 6:39am
Oiled bore

Yes, technically, an oiled bore will have a different impact point than a dirty bore. There are pounds

of reading material on this and related scenarios as it pertains to accuracy when shooting long range matches or sniping. The military has done scads of tests of everything you can think of that affects bullets from the same rifle not hitting in the exact same place.

Is all of this necessary for deer hunting? Probably not.

Is there enough difference from the impact of a bullet from an oiled bore versus one from a dirty bore?

For deer hunting, probably not.

There are too many other variables that come into play. Starting with the cartridges you use. Are they factory or reloads? Were the cases the same thickness and volume? Were the necks holding the bullet with the same pressure due to variances in the case neck thickness? And on and on.

Can you hold an aimpoint close enough between shots to guarantee you held in exactly the same place? Probably not.

I wouldn't worry about oiled versus not oiled.

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 7:07am
Never use oil or solvent during the season

I would never use oil or solvent during the season. The 1st round out of an oiled bore will always be somewhat of a flyer. I run a dry patch through the bore after I shoot during the season, just to get the powder residue out. Also when trying to shoot a group at the range to see how your gun is grouping, run a dry patch through it between every shot or two. I want the inside of my barrel as close to the same as it was on the previous shot. The dry patch does just that. For storing after the season, I run a bore snake through it with a little solvent on it and put it away. You'll shoot the solvent residue out of it when you check the gun before the next season. Done deal. I think you are overthinking this whole thing.

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 8:25pm
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I have been shooting a Browning A-Bolt .280 for 18 years now, and I have never run a single thing down the barrel...no oil, no snake, no brush, etc. I still hold a half-dollar size group at 200 yards. I have always wondered if I should be cleaning it, but have always told myself I'll start cleaning it when it stops performing. Maybe I'm screwing myself for the future, but I would say I definitely got my money's worth for the last 18 years.

PS--I probably only shoot around 10-15 rounds a year out of this rifle. I confirm zero every year and shoot a couple rounds at deer and that's it.

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