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Unread 09-15-2007, 09:12 PM
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Cold bore shot

In a cold, fouled barrel is there some rule of thumb as to point of impact or is it different for each firearm?
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Unread 09-15-2007, 09:29 PM
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Pretty much each rifle has it's own set of rules. I have been lucky enough to own some rifles that didnt have much of a problem down to -10 F. Some others of mine were very unpredictable in 40-50 degree F., others had cold bore shot issues that were more predictable. The best thing to do is get to know each one of your rifles.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 09-16-2007, 06:47 AM
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It's not predictable.

For a hunting rifle you have to work up a cold bore load so you'll know where it'll hit.
This is where cut rifled barrels shine.
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