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Unread 08-07-2011, 09:29 AM
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Re: Tape on the end of barrel

I do occasionally use electrical tape on my rifles with a brake. I put one piece over the end, the do a spiral wrap from the bottom of the brake out to the end. About the only time I do this if if hunting in very bad weather. I used to tape my barrels if I were using a scabbard as I had a similar experience as one of the other posts. I was hunting with an outfitter using their scabbard, the end of which turned out to be full of bits of twigs and leaves. After two days of hunting I happened to pull the bolt and look down my barrel, the barrel was just loaded up with leaves and sticks.

I used tape on the brake for the rest of the hunt and did take a mtn goat at 536 yards with the tape still on the brake. Now I travel with my own scabbard which is fully enclosed and kept CLEAN so I don't have that worry any longer. That was the only time I have taken a fairly long shot with tape on.

Next time i am out ringing my 1K yard gong, I am going to try it with and without just for for fun.
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Unread 08-07-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: Tape on the end of barrel

Another option ...


however you protect and care for your muzzle/rifle afield, I hope that this will NEVER happen to anyone. Be safe and have a wonderful hunting season ...


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Unread 08-08-2011, 05:15 PM
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Re: Tape on the end of barrel

I had a smith ship a rifle to me with one of those rubber things that go on the bottom of old lady's walkers, to protect the muzzle during shipping. I just keep those on my long rangers. Protects muzzles in the case, scabbard, truck, etc. I startied putting them on all my rifles. I wont put a shell in the chamber without removing it first. Best system I have found, clean, dry, and muzzle protection. Everytime I go on a hunt or shoot with someone new, they ask where I got them like it some kind of specialty shooting item, I get them at the drug store. Found different sizes to fit .650 up to Reminton Varmint, with or without a paper towel gasket.

I lost one through some brush one time and cringed as I put the barrel muzzle down in a pack on the way out, gives you a lot of confidence when you use a pack to carry your rifle.
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Unread 08-09-2011, 08:56 PM
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Re: Tape on the end of barrel

Man this tape debate always cracks me up! Has anyone ever seen something bad happen to point of impact from taping a barrel? Who has seen what happens when you fire a rifle with water or even a small vegetation obstruction down the barrel? I'll tell you what happens - at best a shot off target, at worst permanent damage to the barrel. I conducted extensive tests years ago to prove this, but it still keeps cropping up. We tape all our muzzles/brakes when we take them out of the gun rack before putting them in gun bags. You wanna see how much rubbish hops up into the muzzle as you run a rifle into a gun, even one you think is clean. And then there's rain, snow, leaves, sticks, dirt, etc etc. The tape is long gone before the bullet gets there!
If you refuse to tape your hunting rifle's muzzles - hey, its no skin off my nose - its your barrel!!
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Unread 08-10-2011, 11:25 AM
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Re: Tape on the end of barrel

Past post:

Tape the end of your barrel !

Any one used these with the med. to lg. brakes?

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Somewhere I'm pretty sure I've seen hi-speed photography of the tape being blown off well before bullet exit...I'm sure it was on this site, but I can't find it at the moment.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 01:19 PM
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Re: Tape on the end of barrel

I like tape. Electrical. keeps snow and mud out of the barrel especially if you carry barrel down. 99% of the time I'd take a peek (even on my taped barrel) to make sure everything's all right...it takes only once with a plugged barrel to have a problem...tape prevents that the other 1% I forget. For me its a little piece of mind...and no piece of electrical tape will preven the bullet from finding it's target (or hasn't yet in my case).


Originally Posted by Broz View Post
I fully understand your concerns. But like you the tape would be on my mind. So here is food for thought. In all your past hunting experience have you ever had a problem that tape would have helped? Or, Will this tape give you the confidence you need or be a distraction? For me I will carry on as I have in the past especially on important hunt like this. I don't like change.

Have a great hunt and pleae report with pics when you return.

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Unread 08-11-2011, 01:58 PM
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Re: Tape on the end of barrel

I guess a lot of this depends on a few key things.

In Order of importance.

1: Where you hunt

2: What the weather is like

3: How careful you are with your muzzle

4: If you carry it up or down

5: How clumsy you are and if you trip alot..

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