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Old 11-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #11
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Is it the first shot in a string or is it the first shot after you clean it?
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:16 PM   #12
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I just use a dry brush on my 22LR, unless the gun will be stored for a long time. If I know I am going to store the weapon I oil the barrel with a patch. I save my 22 cal mops for pushing out dry powder after brushing.
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The first round isn't seating the same as those seated when the action cycles automatically.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:00 PM   #14
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That is a lon g way from a flier . Is your barrel clean and dry or dry from the last time to the range. If dry. Reduce cleaning as 22's don't need to be cleaned like some other fireams do. Clean the chamber ,the bolt face , the rest of the receiver and action but at best just wipe the barrel with a dry cloth . Even then the different lube used on 22 do react differently when cold and it tends to take a couple rounds to warm things upp. Change ammo brands and a new lube in introduced to the barrel and those first 10 to 20 shoots may shoot differently than the rest of a box too.

rimefires can be the most convoluted cartridges out there.
I haven't cleaned the barrels on my 22's since the mid-80's.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:33 PM   #15
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I just use a dry brush on my 22LR, unless the gun will be stored for a long time. If I know I am going to store the weapon I oil the barrel with a patch. I save my 22 cal mops for pushing out dry powder after brushing.
This is pretty much my method in between deep cleanings. A brush and a mop and very little if any oil. Keeps em shootin straight for me.
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I have a Belgium-made Browning .22 auto, and the first shot shoots 4-6 inches low and to the right. The remainder of the shots are bulls-eye. This has happened multiple times. Is there any chance this could be caused by movement of the scope rings?
While the oiled bore makes sense, funny thing is that nobody knows for sure. I have not noticed such a problem with my 22s at all. I see it occasionally with the Glocks, first shot from a full magazine. The tough mag spring and the unsupported chamber seating may have something g to do here, but the truth is, I don't know.
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The best .22 target rifle manufacturers recommend cleaning the bore only after several thousand rounds. That is your problem. Don't clean your bore. Let it stay seasoned with bullet lube.
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The best .22 target rifle manufacturers recommend cleaning the bore only after several thousand rounds. That is your problem. Don't clean your bore. Let it stay seasoned with bullet lube.
Most people primarily shoot bulk ammo. There is very little lubricant on bulk ammo compared to premium rimfire ammo. Not to mention if you store bulk ammo for over a year or so the lubricant dries up. YMMV counting on bullet lube from 22LR.
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I note this same thing with my Ruger MkII and my Ruger 10/22. First round out of the mag is usually off a bit from the rest of the group. It may have to do with the differences in the way rounds seat in the chamber when manually cycled vs. cycled from firing. As someone else already mentioned, fouling shots are often used when firing for groups. I did this when testing different ammo for the best groups with these auto loaders. I would fire one round at a central point of the target and then fire for record the rest of the shots at the actual intended bullseye.

My bolt action .22 has no such problem evident.
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Target shooters when testing 22lr ammo will clean the bore when changing brands and then fire 10 or more shots with the new ammo to coat the bore with the different brands lube. I have seen some shooters weigh each round and segregate them by weight, mic the rim thickness and so on. When they find a good shooter, they try and buy up the whole lot. Way out of my league.
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