Originally Posted by triton20
Okay, now I am confused. I read on one of the forums about accuracy and that cleaning of the barrel could affect same. The forum indicated that the zero would change after cleaning. I have always had the habit of cleaning my gun after using. I use a copper wire brush, then bore cleaner, the light coat of oil after cleaning. Is my zero going to change now??? It seems to me if this is true, I don't want to clean the barrel until after hunting season. Can anyone provide the straight scoop?
On some rifles a fouling shot is required after cleaning, some will shoot great without a fouling
shot so you have to find out which one you have and then just be consistent each time (If you
clean the rifle and the zero impacts the same spot after 3 to 5 shots then you are good to go.
If it changes after the first shot(Clean cold bore) and drops in the next 3 or 4 shots then it is best
to shoot a fouling shot, and then go hunting and if you have to clean because of weather or time,
just shoot a fouling shot and you are ready.
One of the reasons I prefer stainless barrels is that you can shoot them,dry patch them, and
continue to hunt for several weeks without fear of rusting/pitting the barrel.
The guys that do one shot, one kill zero with the first shot in a clean cold bore. After all it's
the first one that counts any way.
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