Re: Copper Fouling and POI/Accuracy
I think the copper or carbon effect on accuracy and POI is largely dependent on the barrel, load, and how you condition that barrel prior to shooting for hunting or score purposes. I try to start with a well cleaned barrel, free of copper or carbon and treated with a lubricant or barrel conditioner. This is the condition for storage. I then determine the number of shots to stabilize the POI. My accuracy standard has been established under this stable POI. Once the barrel is in this fouled condition, I check the POI under cold and warm bore conditions. I then determine how many shots I can shoot before POI changes, or accuracy degrades. This will determine when the rifle gets cleaned. When the rifle is used again I foul the barrel with number of shots required to reach my POI and accuracy standard. For hunting I am more concerned with cold bore, for competition, warm/hot bore. The perfect situation is hot or cold, no change. I have two Rem 700 5R Milpecs in 308 that condition in 4 rounds, hold POI, shoot sub .5MOA, hot or cold, and will hold this to 200 rounds. Not sure how much above 200 shots without change they will go because I stop at 200 or less and clean. I think the 5R rifling has to do with this. My two primary LRH hunting rifles, a 6.5x284 Cooper, and a 300WM Rem 700 Milspec, give same POI warm/cold but have only tested for 40 shots, which they hold accuracy and POI.
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