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Old 03-05-2017, 10:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by DallanC View Post
Yes, I at least swab every shot with a patch lightly damp with windex. Ramrod removed (although I've never thought about it having any kind of accuracy effect). I use a longer range rod for loading / cleaning though...


Never heard of using windex! Might have to give that one a try.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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A couple years back I did a little experiment...
I fired one shot with a clean barrel at the first (left target), quickly reloaded and fired at the middle target, quickly reloaded and fired at the right target.
I put a couple Windex patches down the barrel and allowed the barrel to cool for a couple minutes then repeated the sequence twice.

My groups sizes basically doubled between the clean barrel and the next shot but the third shot was similar to the second. Point of impact jumped up a couple inches from the clean barrel to the second shot but then dropped several inches on the third shot.

I did this back with a 1x scope... maybe I'll repeat that now that I've got a spiffy new 12x scope on it.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Projectile type makes a big difference, some projectiles will "scrape off" fouling when they go down. A full bore conical will help with this, roundball patches seem to do it as well I think more due to the lube on the patch, sabots don't like dirty barrels much at all and get scrapped up.

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