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Tim N
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Barrel prep

#1 Postby Tim N » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:59 am

Hi All
Just wondering what procedure you go through prior taking the first shot off a clean barrel?
One of our leading gunsmiths recommended a light patch of sweets gun oil followed by a clean patch so the first shot isn’t on a squeaky clean barrel.
That’s the procedure I have followed for a lot of years- does it work? Seems to.
What’s your method?
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Re: Barrel prep

#2 Postby DannyS » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:26 am

Sounds good to me.

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Re: Barrel prep

#3 Postby ben_g » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:27 am

I used to run a patch with ballistol and then two dry patches and shoot. However I seemed to have wandering elevation for at least 4 shots.

For the last two years I have been patching clean with Shellite then patching it completely dry, I get a predictably low first sighter and the second sighter is right into the group. At 1000yards first sighter is low, second still a little low and then into the group.

I have been told shooting over a completely dry barrel is bad for fouling, but I have been doing this in 5 different barrels and fouling appears to be specific to the barrel and how worn it is, not my pre shooting procedure so I will be sticking to it.

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Re: Barrel prep

#4 Postby Tim L » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:19 am

ben_g wrote:I used to run a patch with ballistol and then two dry patches and shoot. However I seemed to have wandering elevation for at least 4 shots.

For the last two years I have been patching clean with Shellite then patching it completely dry, I get a predictably low first sighter and the second sighter is right into the group. At 1000yards first sighter is low, second still a little low and then into the group.

I have been told shooting over a completely dry barrel is bad for fouling, but I have been doing this in 5 different barrels and fouling appears to be specific to the barrel and how worn it is, not my pre shooting procedure so I will be sticking to it.

I do the shellite thing to. I used to use metho or carby cleaner but found shellite always seems to pull out a bit more. I figure it must just release gunk that other solvents don't.

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Re: Barrel prep

#5 Postby jasmay » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:59 am

I clean it, borescope to make sure there is no junk, when I’m happy I final patch with something petrochem based so I’m not leaving residue, dry patch and shoot. 1 & clean and so on.

Has worked well for the last many years over many many barrels.

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Re: Barrel prep

#6 Postby bruce moulds » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:03 pm

each barrel is an individual, some requiring an oil prep and others the opposite of oil.
acetone is excellent at getting oil out if you want to.
lighter fluid less so. try the lot.
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Re: Barrel prep

#7 Postby jasmay » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:59 pm

Sorry, I mis-read, is thought you meant a new barrel, ignore my statement.

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Re: Barrel prep

#8 Postby wsftr » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:40 pm

my 6mm that worked fine
.308 and heavies nah - I had bad vert. My .308 I always patch out before shooting.

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Re: Barrel prep

#9 Postby Steve N » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:17 pm

Same as you but I use Ballistol.


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