Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?
I've shot my rifle enough to know that the first shot out of a clean, lightly oiled bore shoots the same as the next shot out of a fouled bore. For a couple of years I stopped on the way to my hunt and fouled my bore, and then hunted for 5 days with a dirty rifle. Now I know it isn't necessary. I can even shoot a second shot without cleaning and it will print to the same point on the target. If I clean between each shot, my groups stay tight all day at the range.
With any rifle, I make darn sure I know exactly where that first shot from a cold barrel will go. I make it a point to go to the range at the crack of dawn on a cold day, because that's most likely when you're going to be shooting at game.
If you do everything else right, you only need the one shot. Most of my hunts the deer either runs away or drops in its tracks. Unwounded fame never stands still while I reload. My hunting buddy has a hypnotic effect on game and they wait while he reloads. The only time I needed followup shots on deer after a hit was at 250 and 300 yards (both were harvested). That's a little too far for my muzzle loader. The hit has to be perfect, and at 300, mine is close, but not perfect. I'm working on those groups.
Elk sometimes need more than one to kill them quickly, but if the first shot is good, they don't go far.