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Old 12-23-2010, 01:58 PM   #11
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I inspect them, lube them, zero irons at 50 with the first 20 rounds, inspect them again, maybe run a patch through, and then go back to 100 yards, zero optics, if any, and go nuts after that.

Benchers are a whole 'nother animal and our goals are night and day different. With me it's making holes in the right place as fast as I can while moving, changing position or scenario. With them it's all loading densities, lock times, grand aggregates, flybusters and bugholes...with me it's trying to hit a silhouette in the face with two 223s at 25-30 yards while dynamic.

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For me it's wishing i could still focus on the front sight with my bifocal vision, deciding which contact lens works best with a scope, putting another stick-on target on the end of a 3x4 piece of pine and seeing how deep different bullets penetrate, shooting the .223 into the same little dent the .22 made in a cinder block and measuring the hole, then repeating the process with a .308....shooting an occasional target to make sure the .4" group is still in the center of the target, not somewhere else...so meat gets harvested.

Barrel break-in? Nah...cleaning wear? I doubt it, from looking at the barrel and measuring the groups of my 70's vintage guns.

Benchrest competitor? Nope...but i DO get it (honestly, i do...totally). To each his /her own.

For me, minute of squirrel eyeball, woodchuck chest, coyote (nearly anywhere), Deer vitals (a huge 6 inch diameter circle for my self-imposed vital zone), etc, etc, etc....requires nothing but a good rifle (hard to buy a bad one these days) some ammo (hard to find ammo that won't do the above items these days) and plenty of time.

My rifles get cleaned eventually around once a week. Accuracy (lol...i realize my conditions/standards may not appeal to some...but note the "occasional target") is unaffected.

The internet brings world-wide flavor to stuff like this. Anybody can post anything. I'm just glad i grew up in the 60's and 70's before all this stuff mattered so much.

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I suck, My guns get cleaned sometime after shooting and before the next time I shoot them, mostly depending on the weather conditions while out of the safe. Usually within a day or so. I tried the shoot 1 and clean, shoot 2 and clean, shoot 3 and so on to 20 on a new Savage 308 that wouldn't group better than 1 1/2 moa. and fouled like crazy. Had enough of that and shot 2 boxes of milsurp fmj to get the barrel pretty hot, took it home and cleaned the badly fouled bore. The next trip to the range it shot less than 1 moa and hardly fouled at all.

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