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View Poll Results: How do y'all prepare your ammo for long range hunting?
Full lenght resize 129 48.86%
Neck size only with occasional shoulder bump 133 50.38%
Factory loads only 2 0.76%
Voters: 264. This poll is closed

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Full length resize or neck size only for y'all long range hunters?

 
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:49 PM
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Re: Full length resize or neck size only for y'all long range hunters?

Maybe your .22 barrels are as clean as your others. Cleaning .22 caliber barrels is a little more difficult simply because you have to use a jag to push a patch down the barrel, whereas in larger calibers, you can use the normal cleaning tip that holds a patch that you can run back and forth in the barrel. Since most of the .22+ barrels are calibers that push a bullet relatively fast, like the 22-243 which shoots the most accurately with the bullet speed right around 4000, and the very popular 22-250, which is not much slower. Faster bullets slough off more copper and lead than slower ones, so extra care needs to be taken to super polish the barrel with the brass brush. John Lazzeroni recommends running the brush through the barrel a minimum of 120 strokes, which astounded me. I tried that on my favorite 300 win mag, which I thought I had thoroughly cleaned, and you would not believe the garbage that began to break up and come out of that barrel as I got to about the 80th stroke. The barrel looked clean before I started, but it definitely wasn't. The rifle is 16 years old, and when new, consistently shot sub .5 MOA groups, but over the years the groups had expanded closer to 1 MOA. I blamed it on age and a lot of rounds through it. After the new cleaning, it went back to the smaller groups. I tried the same cleaning method on my 22-243, and got the same results.

Try pulling the bolt out of your favorite rifle and look down the barrel from the butt end. If it looks clean, take a flashlight, turn out the lights in the room, (Wear reading glasses even if you do not need them just to magnify what you are looking at) and shine the light at an angle down the bore (from the business end) just so you can see about 1/4 to a 1/2 inch down the barrel. What color do you see? Shiny silver is the only acceptable color. Orange means you have copper in the barrel which you cannot see from the butt end, and black means you have carbon buildup which you may or may not see from the butt end, depending on how bad it is. If it is not silver, start scrubbing and don't stop until a clean patch comes out of the barrel as clean as it went in. If the color you see is silver, then congratulations, you are most likely doing a great job keeping your bores clean.
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